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In Pakistan, many say aid 'snub' dims US sway
Posted on 07/11/2011 6:40:39 AM PDT by markomalley
The decision to suspend more than one-third of American military aid to Pakistan could end up hurting Washington more than Islamabad as the U.S. seeks to navigate an end to the Afghan war and defeat al-Qaida, former Pakistani officials and analysts warned Monday.
Holding back the $800 million in aid is unlikely to pressure Pakistan to increase cooperation with the U.S. and could strengthen those in the government who argue that Washington is a fickle ally who can't be trusted, they said.
"If you still need the relationship, which clearly the United States does, then it really doesn't make sense to take action at this time because it leaves the United States with less, not more, influence with the Pakistani military," said Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. "Cooperation cannot be coerced by punitive actions."
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"If you still need the relationship, which clearly the United States does...
posted on 07/11/2011 6:45:54 AM PDT
("I hope you know this will go down on your PERMANENT record...")
Oh darn - does that mean that the 1% who like us now won’t like us anymore?
posted on 07/11/2011 6:52:06 AM PDT
(A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
Everyone knows that if you have to buy love, It is an illusion.
billions in aid and UBL was living right under their noses. Forget aid. Anyway we are broke.
Obama wants higher taxes to pay common world prostitutes.
posted on 07/11/2011 6:54:58 AM PDT
Obama wants higher taxes to pay Muslim world terrorists.
posted on 07/11/2011 6:57:48 AM PDT
(Bammy: It frustrates me when people talk about government jobs as if somehow those are worth less.)
In this case, Pakistan is only a "paid friend".
As Rocky told Bullwinkle: "That trick never works!"
posted on 07/11/2011 6:59:43 AM PDT
by capt. norm
(Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
total GDP is just $175B. Government tax revenues are just $25B. Their military budget is a little over $5B. US aid is a BIG percentage of their military budget.
I strongly suspect that Pakistan had a big hand in 9/11, as a ploy to bring back US aid to chase Osama in Afghanistan (while hiding him in Pakistan). They were hurting after US funding stopped after the Russians went away.
posted on 07/11/2011 7:16:42 AM PDT
(In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king.)
The West can’t buy muslim friends, we can only rent them
posted on 07/11/2011 7:21:06 AM PDT
(All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
His definition of shovel ready jobs... so America can be buried.
posted on 07/11/2011 7:32:21 AM PDT
by himno hero
("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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