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
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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.
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.
October 3, 2009 |
Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, is on a public diplomacy tour of the United States, arguing that the Obama administration will lose credibility if it pulls back in its war against the Afghanistan insurgency. Qureshi insists that Pakistan's democratically elected government and its security establishment, which is often accused of links to extremists, are committed to fighting militants in their own country. But it wants the U.S. to provide more military resources to do the job. Qureshi spoke with Times Foreign Editor Bruce Wallace about the prospects for lowering regional tensions with India, about allegations that the Afghan Taliban is establishing itself in the Pakistani city of Quetta, and about the timetable for a government offensive against extremists in the South Waziristan region.