U.S. suspends $800 million in military aid to Pakistan

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Jul 10, 2011
U.S. suspends aid to Pakistan
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Updated 1d 21h ago

The United States is suspending $800 million in military aid to Pakistan, White House chief of staff William Daley said today.

"The Pakistani relationship is difficult, but it must be made to work over time," Daley said on ABC's This Week With Christiane Amanpour. "But until we get through these difficulties, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give."

The $800 million suspension represents a little more than one-third of the $2 billion-plus in annual U.S. security assistance to Pakistan.

There have been tensions in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship since the early May raid that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani compound. Some U.S. officials said Pakistan had to know bin Laden was hiding in their country; some Pakistanis protested a secret U.S. mission into their country.

In more recent days, Pakistan has spend expelled U.S. military trainers; U.S. officials have also accused Pakistan of exposing the names of U.S. informants engaged in counterterrorism missions.

The New York Times, which broke the story of the $800 million aid suspension, reported:
This aid includes about $300 million to reimburse Pakistan for some of the costs of deploying more than 100,000 soldiers along the Afghan border to combat terrorism, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in training assistance and military hardware, according to half a dozen congressional, Pentagon and other administration officials who were granted anonymity to discuss the politically delicate matter.

Some of the curtailed aid is equipment that the United States wants to send but Pakistan now refuses to accept, like rifles, ammunition, body armor and bomb-disposal gear that were withdrawn or held up after Pakistan ordered more than 100 Army Special Forces trainers to leave the country in recent weeks.

Some is equipment, such as radios, night-vision goggles and helicopter spare parts, which cannot be set up, certified or used for training because Pakistan has denied visas to the American personnel needed to operate the equipment, two senior Pentagon officials said.

And some is assistance like the reimbursements for troop costs, which is being reviewed in light of questions about Pakistan's commitment to carry out counterterrorism operations. For example, the United States recently provided Pakistan with information about suspected bomb-making factories, only to have the insurgents vanish before Pakistani security forces arrived a few days later.
Speaking on ABC, Daley, described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "very complicated:"
"Obviously, they've been an important ally in the fight on terrorism. They have been the victim of enormous amounts of terrorism.

But right now they've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that. It's a complicated relationship and a very difficult complicated part of the world.

Obviously there's still a lot of pain that the political system in Pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid that we did to get Osama bin Laden. Something that the president felt strongly about. We have no regrets over (that raid). But the Pakistani relationship is difficult, but it must be made to work over time. But until we get through these difficulties, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give."​


Creasy Bear

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Why the fuck are we giving those animals a dime in the first place?


Passive agressive douche
It's things like this that make me wonder why we're even giving them a dime.

The CIA ran a phony vaccination program in the Pakistani town where Usama bin Laden's family was believed to be living in an effort to obtain DNA evidence indicating whether the Al Qaeda leader was there, The New York Times reported.
An American official said the Pakistani doctor who ran the program in Abbottabad gained temporary access to the bin Laden compound but never saw bin Laden himself and failed to obtain DNA samples from bin Laden family members, the Times reported Monday.
A team of Navy SEALs killed bin Laden during a raid in May. U.S. officials have said they were not certain bin Laden was in the compound in Abbottabad when President Obama gave the go-ahead for the operation.

Dr. Shakil Afridi, who ran the vaccination program, has been arrested and held in Pakistani custody because of his suspected collaboration with the U.S., the Times reported.


Passive agressive douche
The CIA and the government involved in a phony vaccination scheme? Thread derail in 3...2...1...
Yanno...I was concentrating on the Paki arrest of someone who cooperated with us, but you're right. Shoulda put up a Kirkguard or posted in the conspiracy thread. Oh well...my pre-emptive apology for any derail.



The CIA will relocate that Doctor to the US and give him a 7/11 to run.