©Bridgette @ WTPOTUS 2011
If Only…the Terrorists Would Unclench their Fists
and Other Failed Obama Foreign Policies…!
In a surprise testimony before Congress the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, accused the Pakistani government’s intelligence agency (ISI) of supporting and enabling the Haqqani terrorists. The Haqqani network is a Pakistani based group affiliated with both the Taliban and Al Queda. They are considered the greatest threat to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Recent attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan are attributed to this group. According to Al Jazeera the attack in June, 2011 on the Hotel Inter-Continental by the Taliban was assisted by the Haqqani terrorists. On September 12, the AP reported “Haqqani group behind Afghan bombing, U.S. says. “ A massive truck bomb exploded outside a military combat post killing five Afghans, including four civilians, and wounding 77 U.S. soldiers, 14 Afghan civilians, and three policemen. Adm. Mullen agrees with these reports.
It has been suspected for years that Pakistan, a questionable and unreliable ally of the U.S., have been giving support to the Taliban and its associates. They receive annual foreign aid from the U.S. for their “help” in combating terrorism. Wiki reports, “Between 2002-2010, Pakistan received approximately $18 billion in military and economic aid from the United States. In February 2010, the Obama administration requested an additional $3 billion in aid, for a total of $20.7 billion.” For that pittance, we have the ISI supporting the very groups that are attacking US troops!
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has stood before the American people and stated his support in the War Against Terror. Yet he has made several threats to quit the political process and join the Taliban if foreigners don’t stop meddling in Afghanistan. [Quit asking for an accounting of the money that is sent!]
FOX news reported on June 18, 2011 that the US and Afghanistan were engaged in Peace Talks. “Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government and the United States are negotiating with Taliban fighters to bring peace to the country.” This was the first official confirmation that our government was involved in talks with a terrorist organization.
For Admiral Mullen to divulge this shocking admission that the ISI supports and enables the very terrorists Pakistan is being paid to combat occurs days before his retirement. According to news reports, the Admiral believes that our diplomatic chats with Pakistani officials (Taliban – terrorists), are working, and we should continue with this failed diplomatic overture. The chats are working so well, that the attacks keep coming, and our aid keeps flowing!
Why do we continue to supply aid to Pakistan? Most likely because of the fear that the ” safely guarded” nukes do not fall into terrorist hands. Yet whose hands are they in now? Isn’t it about time for the U.S. to stop playing their game? No matter what they do or say, we keep sending the corrupt government of Pakistan money! Obama’s brand of Wishy washy, “unclench your fist” foreign policies aren’t working! Our soldiers are getting wounded and killed!
From the article, “Adm. Mullen accuses Pakistan’s ISI of treachery, but says let’s keep talking,” are excerpts from his testimony on Thursday.
Yeah, let’s chat!
“With ISI support, Haqqani operatives plan and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the assault on our embassy. We also have credible intelligence that they were behind the June 28th attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations.
In choosing to use violent extremism as an instrument of policy, the government of Pakistan, and most especially the Pakistani army and ISI, jeopardizes not only the prospect of our strategic partnership, but Pakistan’s opportunity to be a respected nation with legitimate regional influence.
They may believe that by using these proxies, they are hedging their bets or redressing what they feel is an imbalance in regional power. But in reality, they have already lost that bet. By exporting violence, they’ve eroded their internal security and their position in the region. They have undermined their international credibility and threatened their economic well-being. Only a decision to break with this policy can pave the road to a positive future for Pakistan…
As you know, I’ve expended enormous energy on this relationship. I’ve met with General Kayani [Current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. He replaced General Pervez Musharraf on November 29, 2007. He is the former Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).] more than two dozen times, including a two and a half hour meeting last weekend in Spain … Some may argue I’ve wasted my time, that Pakistan is no closer to us than before, and may now have drifted even further away. I disagree. Military cooperation again is warming. Information flow between us and across the border is quickening. Transparent — transparency is returning slowly…. I actually believe that the ISI has got to fundamentally shift its strategic focus. They’re – they are the ones who implement as — I would argue as a part of government policy the support of extremists. It’s not just Haqqani because we’ve also had our challenges with LET, [one of the largest and most active militant Islamist terrorist organizations] which is an organization they put in place. So in many ways, it’s the proxy piece here.
The support of terrorism is part of their national strategy to protect their own vital interests because of where they live. And that’s got to fundamentally shift. … it’s very clear the toughest fight is going to be in the east, and the Haqqani network is embedded in Pakistan essentially across from hosts Paktia and Paktika, which, as General Petraeus said, is sort of the “jet stream to Kabul.” And they want to own that. That’s really their goal … So I think the risk there is very high.
Over the course of the next couple of years I think the biggest fight is going to be in the east, enabled certainly by us, but also Afghan security forces and coalition forces, more than anyplace else. The south I’m not going to say is not problematic, but we’re in a much better place in Kandahar and Helmand than we were a couple years ago. It’s going to be the east, I think, that in the end answers this from a security standpoint. And Haqqani is at the heart of that.” ~ Adm. Mike Mullen
A report coming from the UK, seems to show that after Mullen’s testimony that the Pakistani’s are worried about the U.S.’ s reaction to his information. The Telegraph reported on September 22nd,
“Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s interior minister, warned the US against an imminent raid against the Haqqani leadership in North Waziristan, a mountain region close to the border with Afghanistan.
He denied that the intelligence agency had ties to the network.
“The Pakistan nation will not allow the boots on our ground, never,” Mr. Malik said. “Our government is already co-operating with the US but they also must respect our sovereignty.”
Another report states that the U.S. is CONSIDERING placing the Haqqanis on its list of terrorist organizations. But that would imply that Pakistan was a state sponsor of terrorism and that would bring consequences. Wow, how frightening. How long will it take for the US to make this tough decision? How many more chats are scheduled? Perhaps one of Obama’s famous Beer Summits might work instead.
Mr. Malik, I guess we have to wonder exactly what the words “co-operating with the US” means. Lip service doesn’t count. We don’t have to ask permission anymore. Your government has aligned itself with terrorists at our expense. Your government has declared war on our soldiers by enabling terrorist organizations within your country. The trust is gone.
We know that it is not in the interests of Pakistan or the Afghan governments to have a peaceful outcome to the present situation with billions in foreign aid flowing into their countries. But it is in our best interest to stop the aid and take over the nukes. Talk is cheap, and they have shown their dirty hands more than once.
We allegedly went into Pakistan and took out Bin Laden, now let’s go in and take out some nukes instead! Save the region and the US all at once. Their siding with terrorists is an act of war against the U.S.. It is time to show them our military’s real strength. Only this time the military shouldn’t have to fight pansy Obama’s way with one hand tied behind their back. Let them do what they are trained to do and how they are trained to do it. Let’s get it done in a way that leads to our control of the nukes and final victory! They are already brought up to hate the US, so Quit playing Mr. Nice Guy! Stop the money flow, clench our own fists, and let’s see how long they last. We went into Libya for no reason. There is a reason for going into Pakistan. Get the nukes, and get out. “Boots on the Ground!”