Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pakistan tells U.S. 'We are no longer allies'

The Wall Street Journal reported that Pakistan is no longer an ally of the United States as per the words of Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

Asif made the announcement after President Trump rightfully declared that we are finally cutting military aid to the terrorist supporting nation. 

The announcement was made Thursday that we are cutting off $900 million until it acts against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terror network. 

Gee, is that asking too much?

"We do not have an alliance," Asif said Friday in an interview. "This is not how allies behave."

And he's absolutely right. We have never really been allies with Pakistan [or as Barack Obama calls them 'Pahkeestahn"] and they have never really supported our cause for democracy and human rights.

We were ready to give them a total of $2 billion in aid, but President Trump said the suspension was until Pakistan clamps down on terrorist groups operating unmolested inside their country. For example, Pakistan has provided safe haven for the Taliban and other terrorist organizations for years, and they provided Osama bin Laden with a hideout as well.

"Today we can confirm that we are suspending national security assistance only, to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network," State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

We should suspend all assistance to Pakistan, not just national security assistance because you can bet they'll use whatever we give them for their military.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister argued that America has turned them into a "whipping boy," [a crude, racial slur] because of our own failures in Afghanistan. We've been at war with Afghanistan since 2001, the longest war in American history.

Asif said his country's counter-terrorism operations have cleared the country of organized terrorist groups, but some terrorists remain among the refugee population.

And bin Laden was just an oversight.

"We have relative calm in Pakistan at the moment, but if we go against these people [the Afghan insurgents], then the war will again be fought on our soil, which will suit the Americans," Asif said.

Perhaps it would be fought there, but that's what allies do when they help each other--it's called commitment to shared ideals. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not share our goals and ideals and this is why we stopped supported the supporter of our enemies. This is why Trump is exactly correct in cutting off their funding.

In a New Year tweet President Trump wrote:
"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!"
This is exactly the right thing to do and it's exactly the opposite of what the previous administration did, which led to the current situation. 

I don't always agree with President Trump, and I often cringe when I read some of his tweets, but he has been right on the money in his policies, both foreign and domestic.


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