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Give more military assistance to Pakistan: Powell to US
The Indian Express ^ | Nov 16 2010

Posted on 11/20/2010 6:48:35 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Give more military assistance to Pakistan: Powell to US

Agencies Posted online: Tue Nov 16 2010, 21:43 hrs

Washington : With the world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden still elusive, the Obama administration must give Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani adequate mobility or intelligence capability he needs to win the war against terror, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said.

Powell, who recently met Kayani at his home, said the Pakistani Army chief was facing a tough task in the war against terror along the Pak-Afghan border.

"He's got a tough problem. This is the most difficult terrain imaginable. And he has troops, but he doesn't have the kind of mobility or intelligence capability that he needs," Powell said.

He said the terrain where Osama and other terror leaders were hiding was a difficult region.

"It is difficult terrain. I mean, we -- we often think about that region as if you can just go anywhere you want in a few hours. And we -- we have to keep this in mind, too, when we talk about Pakistan, because our Pakistani friends are an important part ...," Powell said.

"So if there's one recommendation I would give to our government, we've got to do a better job of giving General Kayani and the Pakistani armed forces the wherewithal to get into these very difficult areas," the 73-year-old former general and statesman told CNN's Larry King.

Asked whether the Obama administration was listening to pleas for more assistance to Pakistani army, Powell said: "So far, I think the government understands the problem. And I think they are trying to provide him more resources, more money. But I still think it's inadequate to the task that he's facing."

Responding to a question why bin Laden still remains at large, Powell said that was because the US army has not caught him.

"It is because we haven't caught him. I don't know where he is. He is somewhere, I'm reasonably sure."

Asked if bin Laden was still alive, Powell said: "I have no reason to believe he's not living, but, you know, you can't prove it. Every six months or a year, out comes a tape that suggests he's still living. But he has proven himself to be a master at hiding himself."

"People think it's easy to find somebody who is making every effort not to be found. I have faced this in a number of situations. With all of our satellites, with all of our electronic means, with all of our spies, still, people are able to hide from us for an extended period of time," he said.

"We couldn't catch Manuel Noriega right away in Panama. We couldn't catch Mr. (General Mohamed Farrah) Aidid in Somalia right away."

Powell also noted that bin Laden was not walking around giving television interviews. "And he is hiding. And as long as he is hidden and afraid to use a telephone, afraid to use a satellite radio, afraid to do anything except give a video interview every six months, he is not the same force he was 10 years ago."

"He is trying to stay alive. And, therefore, we have a different kind of al-Qaeda that we're dealing with than the al-Qaeda that struck us on 9/11," Powell said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: colinpowell; milaid; pakistan; wot

1 posted on 11/20/2010 6:48:40 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

While Powell seeks to increase aid, the Pakis are doing what they do best. Screw the US for military aid and pay hard cash to the Chicoms

http://www.defenseworld.net/go/defensenews.jsp?id=5252

(Plans to buy Chinese missiles and avionics to equip new Chinese-built fighters-approximately 250 of them)


2 posted on 11/20/2010 6:49:45 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

how about NO


3 posted on 11/20/2010 6:50:28 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

who?


4 posted on 11/20/2010 6:52:03 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Pakistan is an unwilling “ally”, and most likely an enemy.

In either case, Pakistan is hostile to the best interests of the U.S.

And Colin Powell is a twit with a rose-colored world view and a blinkered obeisance to the 0bamao.


5 posted on 11/20/2010 6:53:54 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

These people are actually drawing and quartering the US, dividing up where our bounty is headed in the future

NO NO NO NO NO


6 posted on 11/20/2010 6:55:17 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Billions in aid hasn’t produced anything so far.


7 posted on 11/20/2010 6:56:38 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Doogle; sukhoi-30mki
who?

Colon Bowell.

8 posted on 11/20/2010 6:57:47 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Just a little social visit between the generals—or is Powell the highest-exposure lobbyist a foreign government can buy?


9 posted on 11/20/2010 7:00:54 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Oh, we should give the Pakis more military aid alrighty: but it should be the from the business end!

As we have seen time and again, there’s nothing quite like the fear of dying to make the muzzies respect us.


10 posted on 11/20/2010 7:14:01 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Doogle
who?

The Leader Of The Republican Party. Try to keep up.
11 posted on 11/20/2010 7:33:52 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: sukhoi-30mki

CPowell the finest of the EEO Generals.....is it no wonder that the great US Military can’t seem to finish & WIN wars when the Pentagon is full of these chicken shitte general officers?


12 posted on 11/20/2010 7:39:47 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Powell’s slide to leftist idiocy is increasing in speed.


13 posted on 11/20/2010 9:39:09 AM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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To: Westbrook
>>>In either case, Pakistan is hostile to the best interests of the U.S.<<<

Right. It is an ally only in the sense that it loves to fleece us!!

Give the aid to India!! We know they would be happy to spend it against the Muslim jihadis in Pakistan.

14 posted on 11/20/2010 9:43:04 AM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Afghanistan & Pakistan are draining more money from the American taxpayers than anything that Bernie Madoff did.
Karzai will retire in style- a long way from the hellhols he runs today. Karzai’s brother is the largest poppy growing person in Afghanistan. That is the core of the drug trade.

At least Madoff’s ‘customers’ were willing participants.

I am not.


15 posted on 11/20/2010 10:01:43 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Hey Colon ... STFU. You are irrelevant.


16 posted on 11/20/2010 12:04:08 PM PST by Babalu ("Tracer rounds work both ways ...")
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