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Our Relationship with Pakistan

Guest Author - Stephanie Romero

Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf is apparently not happy with the way we raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound. He has said that isn’t acceptable how American troops went across the border. He stated it was a violation of their sovereignty and believes that we should have enlisted the help of Pakistani special services group.

But we all know that if we had told Pakistan of our plan, they would have alerted Osama. We also know that this has happened many times in the past.

What it comes down to is that clearly Pakistan is not only harboring terrorists but they are also helping them.

Now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did say that with cooperation from Pakistan, they were led to Osama’s compound. However that is likely a very small element that may possibly be trusted but it’s not enough to sustain a true relationship with the country.

Our relationship with Pakistan is definitely volatile. I believe it is time to cut off our money supply to them. In 2010 we sent them $3.4 billion and they have requested $3 billion this year.

So clearly, if President Obama knew enough to not tell President Zardari about our mission, then that speaks to the type of relationship we really have with them.

So what could be the repercussions of cutting off ties with Pakistan? There is the potential for the government to be overthrown. But I think one thing we are learning as a country is that we can’t go in and attempt to control or manipulate other governments…we have enough problems with our own government.

In the end, Pakistan is upset about our mission to kill Bin Laden. Their top general has said he is outraged. Yet he is unable to explain how it was that Bin Laden managed to live next to a Pakistani army base. Even the UN has said that what we did may have been illegal.

While I am not personally of the mindset to jump for joy in the streets over the death of a person, I am very glad to know that this earth is one terrorist short. The lack of support from Pakistan over this mission seems to speak clearly about the reality of our relationship with Pakistan.

In fact, I think it shows we never really did have one but we sure have been good for a handout.
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