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    Pakistan problems

    Pakistan problems

    NATO and/or U.S. forces apparently killed a couple dozen Pakistani soldiers at an outpost on the Afghan border.  The details are murky at this point: The Guardian reports that coalition forces say they came under fire and returned fire.

    Pakistan has announced that it will cut off supply deliveries to coalition forces which pass through Pakistan, and has ordered the closing of the air base in Pakistan from which U.S. drones are launched.

    This has all the makings of a serious crisis.  I’ll post updates as more information becomes available.

    Updates:

    • WaPo:  “The White House says senior U.S. civilian and military officials have extended condolences to their Pakistani counterparts following a NATO airstrike that Pakistan says killed 24 of its troops along a frontier area that serves as a haven for militants.”

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    The U.S. has spent almost $21 Billion in aid to Pakistan over the past decade. The big lesson is that you cannot buy friendship. Time for us to pick up our ball and go home. With friends like these Muslims, we get more enemies.

    While we are at it, we should extract our troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and let them provide for their own common defense. If we are leaving Iraq , we should leave the region.

    Professor and fellow visitors:

    Be sure to include The Long War Journal as a resource in keeping up with the wars. Bill is insightful and informative about this matter and much more.

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/11/pakistan_orders_key.php


     
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    GrumpyOne | November 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    It’s high time to quit the Pakistan charade. Time to pack up and leave but monitor very closely all of Pakistan’s nuke sites just in case we have to take them out to prevent them from falling into (even more) radical hands.

    Don’t expect any such movement from the anointed one who is clueless as to the function of the big picture.

    Hopefully, January 20, 2013 will see the beginning of the restoration of America…


     
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    Ipso Facto | November 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Lets be realistic. Pakistan will make this as large as they can for a short time in order to manipulate us with sympathy and guilt trips, but they won’t go as far as to cause enough of a rift that will stop the flow of our (bribes) “foreign aid”.

    The Pakistani’s are essentially money whores and after they play this up to high heaven, they’ll take the money and things will return to “normal”.


     
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    Milhouse | November 27, 2011 at 1:32 am

    For one thing, the Pakistanis ought to expect that if they break with us we will immediately sign an alliance pact with India. They need to be told this forcefully.


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