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To: Nachum
Although the U.S. has provided Pakistan with $20 billion in military and economic aid since September 11, 2001, it has been said that there is 'no explanation' as to how Pakistan are paying for the latest reactor.

The lack of oversight is stunning.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and others have warned that cutting off relations or aid to Pakistan would be dangerous because the government and military of Pakistan could fall under more influence from Islamic radicals who are sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

It is also feared any nuclear weapons made at the facility could fall into the hands of hardline militants.

Cutting off aid to Pakistan is dangerous because Al-Qaeda may wield more influence as a result? Gates in as many words is saying that we are being blackmailed.

As for the reference that nukes may fall into the hands of hardline militants, withdrawing aid will not be the cause. This is a shakedown.

The Pakis were not told of the Bin Laden raid for the obvious reason. He would have been tipped off, which may have been our last chance to deal with him.

When you have to pay off people to do certain things which they wouldn't do otherwise, they are not your friend.

I realize that in a complex world pragmatism is needed at times, but not all of the time.

I'm not somebody who attempts to determine doomsday, but on the other hand the progression of technology will enable rogue countries to construct atomic devices. It's not a matter of if but when.

The concept of Mutual Assured Destruction is history. The Soviets were the evil empire, not the stupid empire. Despite the bellicose posturing, the gang at the Kremlin did not want to die. They enjoyed the perks that came with being more equal than others.

Jihadists are of a different stock. They want to die. They want others to die with them, the more the better.

I hope we have extensive intelligence which will enable us to neutralize Pakistan if things go bad.

We had better get very busy with anti-missile defenses, despite Russian protestations.

9 posted on 05/19/2011 1:38:04 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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I hope we have extensive intelligence which will enable us to neutralize Pakistan if things go bad.

Early on, it was hinted that the Paki warheads were disassembled and the elements stored in different parts of the country. And that we knew where each piece was and had them under surveillance.

I presume that is part of the agreement that Bush hammered out with Musharraf.

10 posted on 05/19/2011 2:00:08 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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