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Kerry Wants Billions To Bail Out Pakistan

From the Times of India:

US lines up billions for Pak, ignoring terror links

26 Feb 2009

WASHINGTON: The United States is lining up billions of dollars in new economic and military aid to Pakistan despite reports that Islamabad is using American tax-payer money for deals with the Taliban and accounts of US arms ending up in the hands of the extremists.

Amid an ongoing review of the so-called Af-Pak policy initiated by the Obama administration, Washington, under pressure from influential Senator John Kerry among other lawmakers and lobbyists, is said to be considering a one-time $ 5 billion aid to Pakistan over and above the $ 1.5 billion annual package for ten years currently under review for passage through Congress.

Releasing a report by the think-tank Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Kerry, who is also the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is in a position to pilot the aid package, raised the prospect of a total collapse in Pakistan if it was not helped urgently…

The 27-page report calls for "a total of $4-5 billion above the (Biden)-Kerry-Lugar proposals and beyond the IMF and other loans from the US. and other sources," for Pakistan. Of this, it recommends, about $3 billion should go to the economic and social sectors directly. About $1 billion of fresh or redirected funds would go to security forces — both military and law enforcement.

US government reports in recent times have detailed how Pakistan has misused billions in aid for a military build-up against India instead of using it for the intended war on terror. Audits have also detailed million of dollars in fraudulent claims by the Pakistani military. Reimbursement to Pakistan have been halted for several months because of this but are set to resume soon after the Obama administration has given a green signal pending further audits.

More recent accounts from Pakistan have described how high end US military equipment is ending up with extremists through arms bazaars in the country’s frontier. Earlier this week, reports from Pakistan detailed $6 million paid through back channels to the Taliban in the latest truce in Swat with more in the pipeline

Kerry made no mention of any Pakistani transgression in his alarming presentation as he pushed for increased aid amid intense Pakistani lobbying in Washington. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, its Army chief Pervez Ashraf Kiyani, and the ISI Director-General Shuja Pasha have been in intense consultations with US interlocutors this week to seek a bail-out for Islamabad, warning that a meltdown in Pakistan can affect the neighborhood and the whole world…

Why not?

We don’t want our soldiers fighting terrorists who have inferior weapons.

That wouldn’t be fair.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Kerry Wants Billions To Bail Out Pakistan”

  1. brad says:

    Every country is a lobbyist and every state and city is dependent upon our government. There comes a breaking point where our money just doesn’t hold back the barriers of war and peace with other countries. At some point, we will lose all our money, and bribing the world to do what we want won’t work anymore.

    Let the chips fall where they may. If Pakistan starts a war or China invades Taiwan, or Turkey attacks the Kurds, or another famine/plague/genocide takes place in Africa….let Darwinism work.

    • beautyofreason says:

      If Pakistan started a war with China I could assure you that the Chinese would take care of the entire issue for us. But Pakistan wouldn’t do such a thing.

  2. GL0120 says:

    I wonder how Pakistani Muslims are reacting to all of this pork?

  3. proreason says:

    one word. Traitor.

    nuff said

    • cjokry says:

      Right on the head. He wants us to lose to the terrorists. Nothing else could explain this (although I’d like to hear him try.)

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Insanity. Money to a country partially run by the Taliban with full support of the government, “just because?”

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Ah……… I nominate this BOOB for the Congressional Medal of Dishonor.

  6. canary says:

    John Kerry’s words to Americans in 2004

    “My policy is there’s no such thing as negotiation with terrorists,” the Democratic candidate said. “And terrorists, terrorism are going to be hunted down and killed, we are united on that.”
    “I am absolutely confident I have the ability to make America safer,” he said.

    I noticed during ollah Obama’s fairy tale speech Tues,; the camera caught John Kerry’s annoyed face and his major rolling his eyes at annoyance at Obama. It was seconds after Obama mentioned his every baby free education b.s.

    No doubt Kerry was angry at Obama for not talking more about giving money to terrorists. First Hillary telling China global warming is America’s fault, and nothing new with Kerry blasting America. They need to start their own f***ing village on some far away island. They do not deserve to be American’s.

    • cjokry says:

      They need to start their own f***ing village on some far away island.
      You can’t get a village running with nothing but village idiots.

    • brad says:

      “I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.”

    • Consilience says:

      We’re at a point where we have to divorce ourselves from the nationalist govt. The several states need to begin to think of going it independently.

  7. Bronson says:

    Please tell me this is one of his botched jokes.

  8. canary says:

    Pakistan makes truce with Al-quaida and our defence budget cuts are going to Pakistan.

  9. canary says:

    This meeting should be recorded via phone. No b.s. trips like this unsupervised. This is a danger to our country having meetings like this.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, to put it simply…he just simply can’t buy any more friends in the US and he’s having a party at his house and nobody would come. So…he has to buy new friends.

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