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Regarding Pakistan, the jailed doctor, and money

by TONI H / May 31, 2012 9:38 PM PDT

If we give $2B a year (more or less) to Pakistan and it is being used mostly to fund terrorists who attack our own military, the country basically allowed UBL to live at 'West Point', and now has jailed a doctor for helping the USA kill UBL for 22 years....

What happens with the $50M that the USA had put up as a bounty for UBL, dead or alive? Shouldn't that reward money go to the doctor and/or his family since they are all at risk right now?

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It was 25 million....
by Josh K / May 31, 2012 10:58 PM PDT
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It was doubled to $50M
by TONI H / May 31, 2012 11:15 PM PDT
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I didn't hear about that
by Josh K / May 31, 2012 11:24 PM PDT
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For 50 mil I might have gone looking for him myself. Wink

We do give aid to India also. We're playing both sides of that fight.

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But by cutting ALL aid to Pakistan
by TONI H / May 31, 2012 11:27 PM PDT

and giving it to India instead, it would send a huge message to corrupt Pakistan, instead of paying them to aid terrorists to kill our own.

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Many risks come with that
by Josh K / May 31, 2012 11:38 PM PDT

Among them the possibility that Pakistan would sell technology to those same terrorists out of spite. I don't trust Pakistan as far as I can throw it, but sometimes the best way to keep an eye on a country like that is by maintaining a relationship with them.

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That's what we've been
by TONI H / May 31, 2012 11:53 PM PDT

trying, not just with Pakistan, for many years and it hasn't gotten us anwhere, especially with Middle Eastern countries. I just think something pretty drastic has to be tried instead...we really don't have much to lose anymore. Nixon was told that because Russia had nukes that they couldn't be pressured, but he went against the odds and stopped the 'cold war' we had going on with China and China put pressure on Russia instead and that worked without dire consequences regarding the nukes. Why not try that tactic again?

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"Without dire consequences regarding the nukes"
by Josh K / June 1, 2012 12:10 AM PDT
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India
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 1, 2012 12:13 AM PDT
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9 th in the world list of most wealthy countries;
http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/world-top-ten-richest-countries-map.html

And if this report is anything to go by, they don't need our money any more anyway.

Pakistan is a failed state and has been for some time. Their last chance passed when they assassinated their own Benazir Bhutto. We can be sure that much of the aid they get goes to line the pockets of the politicians, and the rest goes to the Taliban .

But the problem is, the West still needs Pakistan at this time because of the actions in Afghanistan. If the Pakistani government falls and radical religious leaders take over, then that hampers the actions in their neighbour.

The problem with applying pressure is, to who? The government has no control and the military is in disarray. The Taliban is not one simple organisation and unlike Al Qaeda there is no 'head' to lop off. Kill one leader and a dozen more are available to take his place.

But the situation may change in 2014/15 when the west withdraws from Afghanistan. At that time there is no more need to fund Pakistan and they and Afghanistan can be left to degenerate into civil wars and poverty.

No, the next focus is Aden. Remnants of Al Qaeda, (including one of Bin Laden's sons), is there and they are busy training more terrorists. Saudi Arabia is concerned because that is right on their doorstep.

Mark

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