Why is the GOTUS STILL focusing on the Haqqanis as the major irritant - and not the Pakistani Army/ISI - when our highest military officials themselves say that Pakistan ISI operatives were behind the Embassy attack? Why is the GOTUS STILL continuing to fund Pakistan when it is proven beyond doubt that Kayani did NOTHING to stop the truck bombing which injured 77 U.S. soldiers, an act of highest betryal of troops (amounting to treason) by General Allen in my opinion! What would it take for the GOTUS to realize and accept that the Pakistan military/ISI is a U.S. funded terrorist organization? (if Mullen calls Haqqanis the veritable arm of the ISI, then we Americans are the charitable arm of the ISI, the harvest of which we are currently reaping!
Cell phones link Pakistan to U.S. embassy attack
By David Martin (CBS News)
The insurgents who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Kabul last week were killed but their cell phones left a trail.
The phones had been used to call Pakistani intelligence operatives before and during the assault. This evidence lies behind the charge made by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the Haqqani network is a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
The attack on the U.S. Embassy and NATO's Afghan headquarters resulted in a 22-hour firefight - with American troops pinned down on roof tops. Sixteen people were killed -- no Americans -- but the buildings in the embassy compound were damaged. According to U.S. officials, the Haqqani network consists of several thousand fighters and operates with impunity from safe havens inside Pakistan, conducting cross-border raids into Afghanistan and up into Kabul. The Pakistani spy agency uses the Haqqanis to sow violence so Afghanistan cannot emerge as a strong and stable country allied with Pakistan's arch enemy India.
Two days before the attack on the U.S. Embassy, a large truck bomb went off at an American combat outpost, wounding 77 U.S. soldiers. Two days before that, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications that the Haqqani network was sending a large truck filled with explosives into Afghanistan. Gen. John Allen, the commander in Afghanistan, called Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the commander of Pakistan's army and former head of Pakistani intelligence, and asked Kiyani to head off the attack. According to U.S. officials, Kayani promised to "make a call," but the truck continued into Afghanistan and exploded on the anniversary of 9/11.
These are only the latest in a long stream of high-profile attacks by the Haqqani network which U.S. officials say is protected and financed by Pakistani intelligence.
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Separately, what is the GOTUS offical position on the Durand Line? Time for a Glaspie moment perhaps?
Pakistan, Friend or Foe: decision time for America!
The subject title "With an ally like Pakistan, who needs enemies?" should now read, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Cash-and-Kerry hafta to Pakistan continues! And just as I had thought! Mullen mulling and miffing over Pakistan is nothing but post-retirement jockeying for a stink-tank position or a book writing project. At this point, all I can say is, God Bless America!
Despite Attacks - Pakistan Will Receive $1 Billion In U.S. Military Aid
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $1 billion in Military aid for Pakistan just days after Admiral Mike Mullen announced the country was behind this months attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Washington agreed to the aid, but insists Pakistan make efforts to cut is ties to the terrorist organization Haqqani, and points out Mullen's testimony is unconfirmed. Haqqani is the most feared insurgent force fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan and earlier this month was responsible for 80 servicemember injuries, and led the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Pakistan downplayed the connection, saying: "Pakistan values its relationship with the US and is committed to eliminating terrorism in Afghanistan and from our soil," said the official. "We will look at all evidence shared by the US side and deal harshly with anyone and everyone responsible for terrorism." The U.S. has given Pakistan over $20 billion over the last decade.
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I lay the blame on the 77 American soldiers wounded squarely and DIRECTLY on General Allen and his superior officers. We knew the bomb-laden truck was headed to kill our troops and all General Allen could do was to call and request Kayani to stop the impending attack on our soldiers? And the mighty American military stood impotent, unable and unwilling to bomb the approaching truck to kingdom come.
Shame on him, shame on me, and shame on the United States of America for enabling this dastardly attack on our troops which left over 75 soldiers wounded. General Allen and his superior officers must be held accountable and court martialed, if necessary, for knowlingly allowing and failing to stop this attack.
I have always tried to instill the highest sense of patriotism, value and valor in my eleven year old son to, if called upon, give his life fighting and defending this great nation of America. Last weekend, both father and he participated in night-long vigils and day-long ceremonies to commemorate and honor the travelling Vietnam War Memorial Wall held locally (photo attached). What do I tell him now? How do I explain General Allen's cowardice to him now? That one day, his superior officers might knowlingly and callously allow him to die in the battlefield, while they were reduced to begging and pleading with the enemy to spare his life. I do not want my son to die in vain! I am furious, and and I want answers from my government, and I want it now!
I swear I did not write this piece! Reggie Sinha
Observations and provocations
from The Times' Opinion staff
With an ally like Pakistan, who needs enemies?
September 23, 2011 |
Remember when Pakistan was our ally?
Neither do I.
But on Thursday, The Times' David S. Cloud, Ken Dilanian and Alex Rodriguez outlined just how lousy an ally that nation has become. (Warning: The following may be upsetting to you if you are an American taxpayer.)
Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency communicated with Afghan insurgents who attacked the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in central Kabul last week and appear to have provided them with equipment, according to U.S. military officers and former officials.
Communications gear used by the insurgents "implicated" the directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, Pakistan's spy service, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. The equipment was found in a 14-story building under construction that the attackers used to lay siege to the embassy compound for 19 hours on Sept. 13, according to the official, who would not describe the equipment recovered.
Bruce Riedel, a former White House advisor on Pakistan and a retired senior CIA official, said administration officials told him that "very firm intelligence" linked the Pakistani spy agency to the embassy attack, which killed at least nine Afghans.
"There are [communications] intercepts and the attackers were in cellphone contact back to Pakistan," he said.
In a dramatic appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, charged that the insurgents had received "ISI support" not only for the attack on America's most prominent diplomatic and military symbols in the Afghan capital, but also for a massive truck bomb assault this month on a U.S. combat outpost in Wardak province west of Kabul that wounded 77 U.S. soldiers.
Other than that, though, Islamabad has really helped us out a lot, I guess.
Of course, the Pakistanis don't really owe us -– much. As the story concludes:
Pakistan receives about $3.5 billion in U.S. economic and military aid each year to help revamp critical infrastructure and to battle its homegrown militancy.
That's $3.5 billion, as in, $3.5 billion we don't have to spend on oh, say, disaster relief. You know, the money the Republicans in Congress are saying can only come from cutting other programs?
Hello, paging House Speaker John Boehner: I may have found a program you can cut from.
Oh sure, I know. It's complicated. This is global politics. This is fancy foreign policy stuff. We need the Pakistanis.
And on Friday, their reaction was pretty predictable:
Reacting to Mullen's charges, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar cautioned that if the U.S. continued airing such allegations, "you could lose an ally."
"You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan, you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people," Khar said, speaking to a Pakistani television channel from New York on Thursday. "“If you are choosing to do so and if they are choosing to do so, it will be at their [the Americans'] own cost."
Uh, Foreign Minister, exactly how much more than the $3.5 billion a year will it cost us?
And then there was this:
In Karachi, Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani told reporters that the onus was on Washington to pull back and begin mending frayed relations between the two countries.
"They can’t live with us -- they can’t live without us," Gilani said. "So, I would say to them that if they can’t live without us, they should increase contacts with us to remove misunderstandings."
Well, I'll give him points for bluntness, and for his cold-blooded assessment of the relationship.
And it's not as if the Pakistanis haven't helped us.
After all, didn't'they keep Osama bin Laden cooped up in a compound near their major military academy for years, just waiting for us to come and get him?
Yes, the Pakistanis, and many in the U.S., say it could be a lot worse if we were to break ties.
Which, oddly, reminds me of the scene in Monty Python's "Life of Brian" in which a man is about to be stoned for uttering the word "Jehovah." Explaining his action, he repeats the word "Jehovah," at which point the judge shouts: "You're only making it worse for yourself!"
And the man, sanely, replies: "Making it worse! How can it be worse?"
The moral? When your "ally" is helping your "enemy" kill your troops -– well, it's time to consider just what "worse" really means