Time to rethink U.S. – Pakistani relations…

As I suspected and as the news hinted, it now looks like we finally got Osama because the US went at it alone instead of telling the Pakistanis we were going after him as was the case in the past. That’s because the Pakistanis were actually playing us and helping him.

American diplomats were told that one of the key reasons why they had failed to find bin Laden was that Pakistan’s security services tipped him off whenever US troops approached. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISID) also allegedly smuggled al-Qaeda terrorists through airport security to help them avoid capture and sent a unit into Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban.

The claims, made in leaked US government files obtained by Wikileaks, will add to questions over Pakistan’s capacity to fight al-Qaeda. Last year, David Cameron caused a diplomatic furore when he told Pakistan that it could not “look both ways” on terrorism. The Pakistani government issued a strongly-worded rebuttal.

But bin Laden was eventually tracked down and killed in compound located just a few hundred yards from Pakistan’s prestigious military academy in Abbotabad. The raid by elite US troops was kept secret from the government of Pakistan. Only a tight circle within the Obama Administration knew of the operation. In December 2009, the government of Tajikistan warned the United States that efforts to catch bin Laden were being thwarted by corrupt Pakistani spies.

Explains why the guy was so effective at hiding out for so long, despite our major effort to find and bag his ass. The Pakistanis played us, and played us good, and this revelation should reshape our policies and actions towards them. At a minimum we should stop giving them any money or aid. And we should be seriously concerned that so many in the military and intelligence agencies of a nuclear armed Pakistan are in bed with al Qaeda, a sworn enemy, that has repeatedly said it wants to nuke the west. Doesn’t this qualify Pakistan as a terror enabling state: our worse night mare? This is going to be one heck of a foreign policy problem for us. At least Pakistan now should be made aware that any WMD action by al Qaeda means we obliterate their country. Might serve as a deterrent, might not. We are dealing with insane religious fanatics and evil men here in most cases.

Think about it: how can we ever feel secure with al Qaeda having ties to a government that not only has sympathies for their cause, but has nukes? And what’s China’s role in all this? Pakistan is one of their proxies – against rival India – and I am sure China has going-ons there that are definitely not in our interest. Seriously, while the death of bin Laden is a big score, the revelations that come with it should make us wearier than ever that we can win this war against the terror enablers without resorting to a brutal “hammer them all down” approach. Does the west reach a point where it simply looks at the cost vs. return and decides that since these people want to drag us all back to a dark age that it’s us or them? These revelations are not good for anyone I think, but we can not ignore them. Looks like team Obama is going to have to do some serious growing up here.

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    Well, former head tinpot Musharraf is apparently quite upset.

    I imagine that some heads are literally going to roll over there if they want to stay in our good graces.

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  2. InsipiD

    This is exactly what I was talking about when I said that I had some questions about Pakistan on the first post. Every single thing that I was afraid of is true: they didn’t know about it, and they’re mad now. They’ve all been talking kind of funny for a while, and I guess Obama and his security team started to realize that they couldn’t trust the Pakis (yes I damn well realize how offensive that word is and used it very on purpose in this context). Pakistan needs to be taken to the woodshed right now, but I’m sure that instead we’ll be lectured on sovereignty by Chavez. To use an overused Bush era term, if you’re not with us, you’re against us. Having the Most Wanted Man in the World hiding in plain sight in the suburbs, yards from the police station doesn’t sound as if they could’ve not known. You’re talking about a 2m tall recognizable person who is somehow getting dialysis on a regular schedule. How the hell did they not know? The answer is that they probably did know. Pakistan is suddenly seeming a lot like the friend who farts in front of your girlfriend and blames it on you after drinking your beer. No good reason to have a “friend” like that.

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  3. richtaylor365

    The problem is that:

    1) The only way to supply the Afghan war is through Pakistan, so they have us by the short hairs, and
    2)We are dealing with a Sharia complaint theocracy, that, by this very definition makes them all raving lunatics anyway( blasphemy laws? you gotta be kidding)

    Pakistan has always played both sides against the middle because it is the most lucrative. The last thing they want is for the AQ problem to go away, besides, how much scratch do you think OBL was paying the ISID to keep him safe? now, they are going to have to go back to working for a living.

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  4. Section8pt2

    Time to rethink Paki relations? Shit it’s time to rethink Euro relations. I’m appalled by the stories I read that they are actually appalled about the fact we’re celebrating OBL’s demise.

    1) They clearly can’t determine the difference between expressing relief/joy about removing a madman, and joy for those who blow up schools for fun
    2) They seem to be apologetic to damn near every terrorist, yet condemn us at every turn
    3) What a disgusting display of insensitivity towards what this country suffered
    4) While they keep preaching “civilized” societies, that entire continent has been a cluster fuck of major wars, and skirmishes up until the last few decades when guess who set up bases there. Just wait until they leave, it will be back to old school in no time.
    5) I’m sick of my tax dollars bailing out their banks, and providing military welfare to in turn be chastised on a regular basis no matter what action we take.

    I guarantee you if bin Laden had been captured alive, we’d be ridiculed for anything short of letting him spend a year in a 5 star resort and then setting him free.

    Fuck ‘em. I would hope every fellow American would write their Congressman or woman and tell them we need out of NATO, and no more fricken bailouts. It’s time to leave these parasites behind, it’s time to cut the budget, and these welfare expenses are the worst of them all.

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