June 11, 2011

Panetta Confronts Pakistan Over Collusion With Militants

Inspite of almost daily revelations of Pak's continued perfidy, our government continues to mollycoddle Pakistani generals. GOTUS (in the article below) still assigns the blame to "elements within the Pakistani security apparatus" while shielding and nurturing the Pakistani "core" terrorist infrastructure. Is my government playing a much larger sinister game? Will we ever learn? Will it take another 9/11, a nuclear one possibly, before we open our eyes? And then Ridel clowns around suggesting Gurkhas on Siachen!

I find myself working ever increasing hours just to keep pace with the increase in food and gas prices. And it is becoming increasingly painful for an average Americans like myself to put decent food on the dining table for my family. Can I legally stop paying taxes to my government? If Kerry et al are bent upon shoveling weekly jaziya payments to Pakistan, let him write out personal check from his ketchup account. Why rob me and saddle my kids with debt so that Pakistanis can continue backstabbing and bleeding me with a thousand cuts? In the name of God, Enough!

I now sing Rabindra Nath Tagore's Gitanjali verses for my own dear ol' USA.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Reggie Sinha

One day after his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, Panetta is in Pakistan...

Sources: Panetta Confronts Pakistan Over Collusion With Militants

By Omar Waraich / Islamabad Friday, June 10, 2011
The troubled relations between Washington and Islamabad are undergoing further strain. CIA chief Leon Panetta traveled to the capital of Pakistan on Friday to confront that country's powerful military leadership with evidence of suspected collusion with pro-Afghan Taliban militants in the tribal areas, sources familiar with the discussion revealed to TIME.

According to the sources, the CIA chief, who will soon succeed Robert Gates as U.S. Secretary of Defense, was in meetings late on Friday with Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and his intelligence chief, Lieut. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). (See photos of the Taliban's war in Pakistan.)

The sources said that Panetta shared with the Pakistani generals a 10-minute edited video that shows the militants evacuating two bomb factories in Waziristan. One of the factories is based in Miranshah, North Waziristan. The other factory is in South Waziristan. The militants in North Waziristan are believed to belong to groups led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Sirajuddin Haqqani. Both militant leaders have attacked U.S. and NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan, and enjoy non-aggression pacts with the Pakistan Army.

According to the sources, Panetta alleged that the militants were tipped off within 24 hours of the U.S. sharing information on the facilities with the Pakistanis. When Pakistani troops later arrived at the scene of the two bomb-making facilities, used for the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, the militants were gone. The sources tell TIME that the CIA believes elements within the Pakistani security apparatus had informed the militants that they would be targeted. (See photos of the aftermath of two suicide bombers in Pakistan.)

The video, say the sources, was made up of satellite images. Those who have seen the video said that it was a "clear" and "explicit" demonstration of the militants leaving the two sites. Before Panetta travelled to Islamabad, the video was shown to congressional leaders, including the U.S. Senate's committees on intelligence.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2077103,00.html#ixzz1Ow2Zy3vc

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