Saturday, January 07, 2012
US Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan: Time to get out of Afghanistan
US Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan: The United States will be forced to restrict drone strikes, limit the number of its spies and soldiers on the ground and spend more to transport supplies through Pakistan to allied troops in Afghanistan, American and Pakistani officials said.
American officials are seeking to salvage a more limited counter terrorism alliance that they acknowledge will complicate their ability to launch attacks against extremists and move supplies into Afghanistan.
Supposedly guarding Pakistani nukes is why we are staying in Afghanistan but at least overtly that has not been made even more difficult. It is time to declare victory and go home. Like Iraq Afghanistan and Pakistan will erupt from within and without.
It is a scary thought when you hear this knowing that Pakistan has all those nuclear weapons and even scarier when you remember that the US has a clandestine team in Pakistan prepared to take control of those nuclear weapons if we feel they are in danger of falling into insurgent hands.
It is a scary thought when you ponder "who decides whether those nukes are threatened or not. There is no way in hell where us doing that would not blow Pakistan, Afghanistan and even India in wide open revolt against us.
It is a scary thought when you remember some in the Government and some in the military inter service intelligence agency have been complicit with Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, and the Taliban since day one. Pakistan it seems like the rest of the middle east is a tinderbox ready to blow and we are prepared to jump in up to our neck.
2009: Biden: Stabilizing Pakistan Long-Term Goal! Boy that is working well huh?
I am certainly glad to at least hear that stabilizing Pakistan "securing their nukes" is our long term goal though it looks unreachable right now!
Biden: Stabilizing Pakistan Long-Term Goal of Afghan Troop Surge That was two years ago and you have to wonder what they are thinking and or going to do with all we know now and all that is happening in Pakistan.
Supposedly since 2004, the US has been conducting a covert program to target and kill Al Qaeda and Taliban commanders based in Pakistan's lawless northwest. The program has targeted top Al Qaeda leaders, Al Qaeda's external operations network, and Taliban leaders and fighters that threaten both the Afghan and Pakistani states.
I disagree with that since with President Bush the project was in name only to make it look like he cared while he spent all his time and effort in Iraq. That is why of the 67 some odd top Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed since 2004 all but 4 were killed on President Obama's watch. Since 2004, the US has been conducting a covert program to target and kill al Qaeda and Taliban commanders based in Pakistan's lawless northwest. The program has targeted top al Qaeda leaders, al Qaeda's external operations network, and Taliban leaders and fighters that threaten both the Afghan and Pakistani states.
Anyway you look at it we are viewed as temporary and the violent convoluted backstabbing tribal relationships will always be a way of life in the border area especially. We can only be very concerned how this is going to turn out between NATO, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It won't be translucent or good!Good luck Hamid Karzai that's all I say!
* In closing: We have done our share and have to stoop being the world's policeman. In this issue especially! Pakistan's nukes getting in the hands of undesirables is the entire world's problem. China, India, Russia and the EU have a critical interest in securing and monitoring them. It is about time we step out of the way and get out of Pakistan and Afghanistan. There are other countries that have as much as us to lose and must step up for their own interests.