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Senate to cut $33 million from Pakistan aid in retaliation for jailing bin Laden source
American Thinker ^ | 05/25/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 05/25/2012 5:49:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A doctor who assisted the US in finding Osama bin Laden hiding in Pakistan has been convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. In retaliation, a rare bi-partisan show of unity ensued in the senate as angry members of the Appropriations Committee unanimously voted to slash $33 million from US aid to Pakistan - a million dollars for each year of the doctor's sentence.

Reuters:

U.S. senators scandalized by Pakistan's jailing of a doctor for helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden voted on Thursday to cut aid to Islamabad by $33 million -- one million for each year in the doctor's sentence. "It's arbitrary, but the hope is that Pakistan will realize we are serious," said Senator Richard Durbin after the unanimous 30-0 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"It's outrageous that they (the Pakistanis) would say a man who helped us find Osama bin Laden is a traitor," said Durbin, the Senate's number two Democrat. Pakistan's jailing of Dr Shakil Afridi for 33 years on treason charges was also criticized by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called it "unjust and unwarranted".

"The United States does not believe there is any basis for holding Dr. (Shakil) Afridi," Clinton said, vowing to continue to press the case with Islamabad.

The Senate Appropriations Committee's action docking Pakistan's aid came after a subcommittee earlier in the week slashed assistance to Islamabad -- and warned it would withhold even more cash if Pakistan does not reopen supply routes for NATO soldiers in neighboring Afghanistan.

Afridi was accused of running a fake vaccination campaign, in which he collected DNA samples, that is believed to have helped the American intelligence agency track down bin Laden in a Pakistani town last year.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: binladen; pakistan; waronterror

1 posted on 05/25/2012 5:49:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

33 Million? Seriously? Big whoop. We should not be giving any aide to Pakistan.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 5:52:13 AM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth (Romney (aka - obomney)... Just put the (D) behind your name and be done with it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why not hold up ALL the money to Pakisran, or better yet, eliminate the aid altogether?

The Pakistanis are still laughing—they get a big fat check of our money, either way, with this stupid resolution.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 5:52:44 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Take away all funding. Why do we fund a nation the harbors terrorist? I just don’t get it.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 5:54:35 AM PDT by grb
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

RE: 33 Million? Seriously?

I know of a couple who won several times that amount at the lotteries.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 5:54:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

“”It’s arbitrary, but the hope is that Pakistan will realize we are serious,” said Senator Richard Durbin after the unanimous 30-0 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee. “

Who is he kidding? Maybe a few billion might get their attention, but durban and the rest of his nitwit friends wouldn’t want to do anything that would offend the pakistani terrorists.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 5:55:29 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cut all aid then take out their nukes.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 5:57:35 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: SeekAndFind

This amounts to a one half of one percent reduction .... yeah .... that’ll show ‘em.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 6:01:12 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

While I agree with you on the premise, Pakistan is a little bit of a special case. We have to stay involved there as we don’t want the muslim brotherhood or any other serious jihadi’s getting their paws on Pak’s nuke tech.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 6:02:39 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

I can get with that. I don’t see India nuking Pak anytime soon even IF Pak was disarmed and weakened.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 6:04:06 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: SeekAndFind

boy that’ll show them.... we just seem to get dumber and dumber. The Soviets should enjoy picking up the slack


11 posted on 05/25/2012 6:04:34 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

Parking ticket.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 6:15:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: layman

Yes, but it makes the Congressweasels look like they are doing something, since most Americans cannot understand such high mathematics as percentages.

Unless it’s 10% of a new Chinese made mass hypnosis device form WalMart.

It will take more than 535 ropes and lampposts to clean out the treason from the US.


13 posted on 05/25/2012 6:18:22 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: SeekAndFind

We actually pay these idiots in Washington to come up with crap like this. I was in Pakistan when they kicked us out in 1970. We should have never given them another nickel since then.


14 posted on 05/25/2012 6:20:39 AM PDT by kempster
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To: exit82

Why not hold up ALL the money to Pakistan, or better yet, eliminate Pakistan altogether?


15 posted on 05/25/2012 6:35:17 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Why not hold up ALL the money to Pakistan, or better yet, eliminate Pakistan altogether?

Well, that would certainly endear us to India!

Pakistan deserves far greater punishment, as there is no way they did not know Bin Laden was living next to their military academy for years.

Pakistan is the epitome of Muslim civilization, which is why they are a treacherous, backward, duplicitous hellhole.

16 posted on 05/25/2012 6:59:59 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind
A better proposal...

"Our answer to Pakistan is...NOTHING. Not the yearly $800 million in aid, not the special military assistance, the jets or the AWACS. You even lose the nukes your Dr. Khan worked so hard to produce...and which I would appreciate your handing over personally."

17 posted on 05/25/2012 7:02:31 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind
"It's outrageous that they (the Pakistanis) would say a man who helped us find Osama bin Laden is a traitor," said Durbin, the Senate's number two Democrat.

Well, that would be a matter of perspective, Dick.

18 posted on 05/25/2012 9:08:49 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Ronald_Magnus
"Cut all aid then take out their nukes.

This.

19 posted on 05/25/2012 10:24:34 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (This Message Contains Privileged Attorney-Client Communications)
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To: SeekAndFind

33 million is little more than a rounding error considering the BILLIONS that we give them....that more than likely go into a higher ups numbered account somewhere anyway.


20 posted on 05/26/2012 9:14:40 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Michael Barnes
"We have to stay involved there as we don’t want the muslim brotherhood or any other serious jihadi’s getting their paws on Pak’s nuke tech."

No disrespect intended but we do NOT need to stay involved in Pakistan. We need to obliterate it. Islam is NOT a "peaceful" religion. They cannot play nice with each other much less their neighbors. Why screw with em? In my neck of the woods we kill rabid dogs. We don't try to reason with them. We don't try to be their friends. We don't try to... Well... You get the point.

Listen... Common sense has left the building and it's going to bite us in the ass.

I'm just sayin.

21 posted on 05/27/2012 6:14:31 AM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth (Romney (aka - obomney)... Just put the (D) behind your name and be done with it.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Get rid of the nukes and Pakistan is no longer a special case. Problem solved.


22 posted on 06/06/2012 11:34:01 AM PDT by ravager
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