June 23, 2012
Re "Divorcing Pakistan," Opinion, June 19 Andrew J. Bacevich's otherwise excellent article refers to Pakistan as " a key partner in the global war on terrorism. " Pakistan has never been a cooperative ally in combating terrorism, nor will it ever become one - just ask India. Becevich notes that Pakistan was once "the planet's leading proliferator of nuclear weapons" and "remains in cahoots with various and sundry terrorist organizations. " Never by any stretch of the imagination can Pakistan be considered a key partner of the United States in the war on terrorism.
July 4, 2012
Re "Upsurge in ill-will for U.S.," June 29 Every year, the U.S. channels hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic aid to Pakistan. This includes aid to combat Pakistan's "crippling power crisis" and for "improving its weak educational system. " This week, many U.S. cities suffering a brutal heat wave have been hit by power outages - certainly a "crippling power crisis. " In addition, perhaps the administration could spare a few million to aid California's failing educational system.
March 6, 2007
Re "Ex-Taliban minister is captured," March 2 The charade continues. The U.S. leans on Pakistan to do its part in the war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. A few days later, Pakistan announces the arrest of a high-ranking leader of the Taliban. Reminds one of the line in "Casablanca" in which Capt. Renault says, "Round up the usual suspects" to cover his tracks. GEORGE PAULIKAS Palos Verdes Estates
December 14, 2009 |
Senior U.S. officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in Quetta. The proposal has opened a contentious new front in the clandestine war. The prospect of Predator aircraft strikes in Quetta, a sprawling city, signals a new U.S. resolve to decapitate the Taliban. But it also risks rupturing Washington's relationship with Islamabad. The concern has created tension among Obama administration officials over whether unmanned aircraft strikes in a city of 850,000 are a realistic option.
November 22, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann called Rick Perry "highly naive" for saying he would cut off aid to Pakistan, part of a contentious round of questioning in tonight's GOP debate about U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Perry, the Texas governor, said that Pakistan had shown the world that "they can't be trusted. " "And until Pakistan clearly shows that they have America's best interests in mind, I would not send them one penny, period," he said. "I think it is important for us to send the message to those across the world that if you are not going to be an ally of the United States, do not expect a dime of our citizens' money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2003 |
Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter's body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport.