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Pak Blockade may Rocket Afghan Pullout Costs
Military.com ^ | 2/23/2012 | Michael Hoffman

Posted on 02/23/2012 3:58:02 PM PST by U-238

If Pakistani leaders don’t open the military supply lines to Afghanistan in time for the U.S. military to withdraw in earnest, the cost of the pullout could grow four or even five times, a top Army commander said here Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, the Pakistani supply routes for American forces into Afghanistan had been closed for 89 days. With no resumption in sight for normal supply lines, Army leaders are coming to grips with the startling reality the U.S. military might not have access to Pakistan’s ports to haul out the massive infrastructure it has built up in Afghanistan.

The Army is now testing whether soldiers and contractors can drive out the countless metal containers on a route called the Northern Distribution Network, that winds through the countries north of Afghanistan. If they must rely only on that route and air transport, it could as much as quintuple the cost, said Maj. Gen. Kevin Leonard, the head of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

Pakistan closed the border to NATO in November after an air strike by a U.S. drone accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The U.S. had enlisted a team of contractors driving what are called Jingo trucks through the Pakistan and Afghan mountains from Pakistan’s ports packed with military supplies.

(Excerpt) Read more at military.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; nato; pakistan; usarmy

1 posted on 02/23/2012 3:58:09 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

Great return on our billions in foreign aid...


2 posted on 02/23/2012 4:01:48 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: U-238

We could zero out aid to Pakistan for the rest of eternity. And levy 100% tariffs on Pakistani imports. That would help.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 4:06:22 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: achilles2000

Send them the bill.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 4:06:52 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: U-238

Nuke these turkeys now

Duplicitous Pakistan has played fast and loose with our enemies for too long - this silliness has gone on long enough

We don’t even have to do anything, just back India and let them do it - they’ll be happy to, after the Bombay attacks ...


5 posted on 02/23/2012 4:08:03 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Zhang Fei

Pakistan has turned into a vassal state of China. Time to write them off. Take our business to India.


6 posted on 02/23/2012 4:09:34 PM PST by U-238
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To: Zhang Fei
"We could zero out aid to Pakistan for the rest of eternity. And levy 100% tariffs on Pakistani imports. That would help."

We could, but we won't. Obama, if it is Obama, can be counted upon to handle this in the most expensive, most wasteful and most humbling manner for the USA.

7 posted on 02/23/2012 4:12:25 PM PST by Truth29
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To: U-238
One solution would be to B-52 a corridor across Pakistan to India. The fuses on the bombs could be set for air burst to avoid cratering.
8 posted on 02/23/2012 4:18:02 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Truth29
probably part of the f’ing plan all along...thank God I have had no kids serving or dying there...if i had i do not know how i could contain the disdain, anger and hatred of the POS administration and the continued demise of our country and its standing throughout the world
9 posted on 02/23/2012 4:19:01 PM PST by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: U-238

We could exit by way of Waziristan.


10 posted on 02/23/2012 4:19:59 PM PST by marron
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To: Brad from Tennessee

That may not go over to well in the other Islamic countries including in Moscow or Beijing.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 4:20:58 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

In any case, we already know the nature of the relationship. We’re just haggling about price now.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 4:21:02 PM PST by marron
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To: marron

That there is “Indian Country”. Its bad enough that drivers are being shot at in Pakistan.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 4:22:28 PM PST by U-238
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To: marron

You are right. Its is a matter about price and how much technology they are going to get from the U.S.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 4:24:05 PM PST by U-238
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Why set them for airburst ? Overlap the craters, all the way to the sea, and make it a canal. . . .and then use the Navy to move the gear...


15 posted on 02/23/2012 4:39:05 PM PST by Salgak
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To: U-238

Pakistan is not a friend.

We should put them on notice we will support effective dismemberment of their country into its ethnic/tribal/religious factions, and offer to give India a free hand over the whole region.


16 posted on 02/23/2012 4:46:48 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

We needed Pakistan as a “buffer” against the Soviet Union during the Cold War and as a base to launch operations into the Soviet Union. Those days are long gone. Pakistan has decided that they are going to work with the Chinese for a free hand in Central Asia.


17 posted on 02/23/2012 5:12:07 PM PST by U-238
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To: Zhang Fei

Pakistan has already milked the US for what its worth. Pakistan doesnt sell much to US except for a few T-shirts, socks and soccer balls.


18 posted on 02/25/2012 8:33:10 PM PST by ravager
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To: ravager
Pakistan doesnt sell much to US except for a few T-shirts, socks and soccer balls.

Pakistan exported $3.8b worth of goods stateside in 2011. At 2% of its GDP, it's not huge but also more than a rounding error. A 100% tariff would probably raise a few hundred million a year. Again, not much, but not zero.

19 posted on 02/25/2012 9:53:37 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

US exported $2 billion dollars worth of good to Pakistan in the same year. Take into account that you will be losing that money and Pakistan will be saving that money.

As for the 100% tariff, you will be raising it not from Pakistan but your own consumers. Pakistan will be selling the item at the same price, only US consumers will be paying extra tariffs to the government. That may not go well with US consumers. Sorry but your plan is still bust.


20 posted on 02/26/2012 8:22:59 AM PST by ravager
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To: Zhang Fei
Also 100% tariffs wont affect Pakistan. Here is why..... When you buy a $10 shirt that says “Made in Pakistan” remember the actual labor cost of making the shirt in Pakistan is probably less then 50 cents. The rest of the costs involves shipping, packaging, inventory, marketing, branding and retailing, most of which happens in the US. Applying tariff to 50 cents worth of labor cost wont even be noticeable in the overall product cost.
21 posted on 02/26/2012 8:41:12 AM PST by ravager
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