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  • Pakistan Apology Deal Incidental to the Real Problem of Pakistan's Support for Terrorists

    As Washington closed down for Independence Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly apologized to Pakistan for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers inadvertently killed by a NATO military strike along the Afghan border last November. In return, Pakistan will re-open Afghan supply routes it shut down in retaliation.

    The seven-month closure of the routes forced the U.S. to rely on more expensive routes running north of Afghanistan—the so-called Northern Distribution Network. It is unclear exactly how much more expensive the northern routes proved to be. Some estimated it to be around $100 million more per month—or about half of what we spent on security and economic aid to Pakistan in fiscal year (FY) 2011. (Total U.S. economic and security aid to Pakistan amounted to around $2.4 billion in FY 2011, which, if averaged over a 12-month period, equals about $200 million per month.)

    Clinton’s apology deal is really incidental to the real issue at stake in U.S.–Pakistan relations. The reality is that the U.S. and Pakistan are striving for different outcomes in Afghanistan. In her statement of apology, Clinton said that the restoration of the supply routes was a “tangible demonstration of Pakistan’s support for a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan and our shared objectives in the region.” Yet this is simply not true.

    Merely re-opening the supply routes will not help the U.S. achieve its objectives in Afghanistan, because it does not address the fundamental problem of continuing Pakistani support for the Taliban and Haqqani network, which are killing U.S. and coalition forces on a daily basis in Afghanistan. Pakistan has never explained—let alone apologized—for its lack of action against the enemies of the U.S. that find sanctuary on its soil.

    The U.S. cannot afford to allow the Taliban to regain influence in Afghanistan lest the country revert to becoming a safe haven for terrorists. For its part, Pakistan is focused on ensuring that a regime friendly to Pakistan emerges in the country, and that regime would most likely include elements aligned with al-Qaeda.

    Until Pakistan aligns its goals more closely with those of the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan and confronts the Taliban and Haqqani networks inside Pakistan, tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan will persist.

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    7 Responses to Pakistan Apology Deal Incidental to the Real Problem of Pakistan's Support for Terrorists

    1. CforUS says:

      All additional costs of using the NDN should have been paid for out of "security" and "economic aid" funds. You want to put a big hurt on the Pakistani elite's ability to party hard, travel in luxury, and complete their villa's around the world, that would have been it. Think of the outrage against the mean Americans if we did that.

    2. Who knows what Pakistan is up to as even they do not understand what it is they want except more handouts from the west

    3. Pete Houston says:

      Time to bring our men and women home and let the afghanis figure out what type of government they deserve. Democracy is not quick, free, or without a true commitment to purpose. We have them a chance and now it is time for them make it happen. I believe that we should cut the aid and set these people free. We are not doing them any favors on keeping them dependant on us to make it happen for them. It may not be very pretty for awhile but neither was it pretty in the beginning of the founding of the USA.

      • Susan says:

        I agree, Pete. Time for us to keep our money in our :coffers" or we will be requiring aid and it will be catastrophic. I quit trying to figure out why we send so much aid overseas when we are wallowing in debt here–we need a revamp of our whole country and start again from the beginning if that is possible.

    4. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      We should have fought our way through.

    5. madmemere says:

      Withdraw our troops from Pakistan NOW; tell the Pakistani to handle their own dilemma, since they are NOT dealing "honestly" and DO NOT send them even one more US DOLLAR!

    6. tonto2 says:

      Pakistan is playing (and has for quite a while) a very dangerous game. India has the bomb too and is itching to use it on Pakistan because they hate the muz. Muzlim mutts want to take all of Pakistan into shariah and total muzlim insanity….so secular Pakistan is trying to balance on the fence of secularism v. islaminazism. The only backup the secularists have is the US aid they get. Pakistan is in deep do-do and it doesn't look good. They will be overwhelmed and down the toilet of islam soon….and hope for them will be gone. Just too much stupidity in this world.

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