Mistake: US Trusting Pakistan

There is a very interesting and troublesome article in The New York Times about Pakistan using US military aid to add to its nuclear arsenal…This is not good news for India or for that matter the rest of the world as it shows the true intensions of the Pakistani government…Instead of focussing on protecting their country from internal militant extremists like the Taliban and LeT, the Pakistani establishment is still very much focussed on its obsession with Kashmir and India…

Pakistan’s nuclear program is based primarily on highly enriched uranium (HEU) that makes its fissile materials particularly vulnerable to diversion…HEU can be used in a relatively simple gun-barrel-type design, which could be easily procured/stolen by terrorists who  intend to assemble a crude nuclear weapon…Therefore, security of their nuclear facilities is of utmost importance…Also, if Pakistan doesn’t destroy the Taliban, LeT and other militant extremists within its borders, there is a threat of its nuclear arsenal ending up in the hands of non-state actors…

The [Obama] administration’s effort is complicated by the fact that Pakistan is producing an unknown amount of new bomb-grade uranium and, once a series of new reactors is completed, bomb-grade plutonium for a new generation of weapons. President Obamahas called for passage of a treaty that would stop all nations from producing more fissile material — the hardest part of making a nuclear weapon — but so far has said nothing in public about Pakistan’s activities [and will continue to say nothing].

India has always known that the Pakistanis are untrustworthy no matter what they say…My only hope is that the Americans have realized it too…But the sad part is that even if they have realized the fact that they have been taken for a ride, they will continue providing military aid to Pakistan because they need the Pakistanis to fight their war in Afghanistan…

P.S. Pakistan could also be stockpiling nuclear weapons in order to sell them to ‘rogue’ countries like Saudi Arabia…After all, it is the worst proliferator of nuclear arms and technology in the world and it needs money…What better way than take US money to make more money for themselves? Also, I think the Pakistani military will not go after the Taliban full on as it needs it to milk the US…

P.P.S.I found the last paragraph of this comment very interesting:

“Unless Pakistan’s leaders commit, in deeds and words, their country’s armed forces and security personnel to eliminating the threat from militant extremists, and unless they make it clear that they are doing so, for the sake of their own future, then no amount of assistance will be effective,” Mr. Levin said.

Yes, Mr. Levin, you are indeed right. But, to eliminate all the militant extremists would require nothing less than a genocide, or at least the guantanamoesque internment of hundreds of thousands of sympathisizers and followers for generations to come. Do you have the stomach for that, good Sir?

The Islamic fundamentalist movement is growing rapidly in that region, not shrinking, and the main reason is because of the perceived inequity and injustice of the system in which the so-called extremists live.

Pakistan has too many poor, hungry, jobless, and very misguided men, young and old, who are offered nothing from their secular government and everything from their religious zealots. Simply put, they’re winning the PR campaign, in both deeds and words, as you so perspicaciously put it, Mr. Levin.

And we will never, never, never win them over with guns and bombs and death and destruction. We’re merely pouring fuel into flames which are only going to get higher and higher… and more and more widespread.

This is serious business, Mr. Levin, and Washington needs serious, honest, and WISE solutions – not status quo geo-political maneuverings that are leading us in only one direction: nuclear holocaust.

Stop fighting them, stop killing them. You can’t and won’t kill them all, but the more you kill, the more sympathisizers you create within their “mainstream” society, and one of these sympathisizers just may someday be one of the tens of thousands of Pakistanis involved in their nuclear arms production.

Actually, it really is only a matter of time before the enemy gets his hands on the bomb. Throughout the course of history no weapon, no matter how big or small or how well-guarded, has been prevented from proliferating around the globe – humans love to kill each other far too much for that.

But nuclear warfare is a different kind of killing all together, isn’t it now? It is the great equalizer, in the Cold War it was the even the perfect peacemaker, and today it is the slothfully surfacing nightmare, the slippery serpent that strikes when least expected. And millions and millions and millions will die, perhaps of their people, and perhaps of ours as well…

Unless, of course, we do the right thing. Come to the realization that western-style freedom and democracy will never take root in Islamic societies due to their religious doctrine… and then leave: militarily, politically, even economically. Just walk away… and dry them up so that they can’t spend billions and billions of American dollars on the bomb, which they will surely pursue, no matter how much handshaking and grinning you politicians do.

Perhaps it’s time we change our perception of the geo-political realities in the world and respond accordingly.

— Col. Michael Stone, Jalalabad, Afghanistan

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27 thoughts on “Mistake: US Trusting Pakistan

  1. ‘But the sad part is that even if they have realized it, they will continue providing military aid to Pakistan because they need it to fight its war in Afghanistan…’ – I think this sums it up.. But I do hope the US demands accounyability of all the aid that is going to Pakistan..
    I am sure that most of the aid meant for Afganistan will be diverted towards Kashmir if it has a chance…

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  2. This is troubling news, but not unexpected.

    Pakistan has been using weapons received from the US against India for years now.

    This latest was only to be expected and I feel that the shortsightedness of the US is responsible.

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    • Yes, the shortsightedness of the US is not only responsible for the recent developments but will also make things worse in the future…What will they do then? Give the Pakistanis more money?

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  3. The credit goes the awesome lobbying the Pakis do in the US . And I wonder when will Mr.”Yes-we-can” realize what Pakistan is all about . I bet it will after “Yes-we-have-been-screwed-by-Pakistan-many-times-over” .

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    • India should learn something from the Pakistanis – the art of PR and lobbying…Governments come, governments go but Pakistan still manages to keep its PR on track…Commendable…

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  4. This has been happening for many decades. That is how a small bankrupt country has become strong enough to scare a much bigger but almost blind India. It is now evidently making its nuclear so large that India is no position to punish it for the many Mumbai 26/11 and more that it is planning in the future.

    Vajpayee made that bus blunder in 1998. The new government must be planning to go even two steps further. Let us hope someone with some military and strategic knowledge and experience gets a key appointment like the NSA and Defence Minister.

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  5. This is expected bones… US must ask for accountability and Pak must act responsibly… it will happen only if they are not thinking that India is not a threat to them

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    • Logically, India should not be a threat to them because India has never attacked Pakistan first…But then again, logic always seems illogical to some…Pakistan is obsessed with India and herein lies the problem…

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  6. there is something more than we read in the newspaper. of course they have been paying money that is true, but US is also well aware that pakistan will divide themselves into 3 halves someday and tribe rivalry is enough for a violence to spread like swine flu ! in the country.

    US has its spies everywhere in every form of NGO’s talking about woman’s rights and also keep secret devices in the Chinese Primeministers’s aircraft.

    so there is nothing to dismay when they have thrown a few cents on pakistan

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    • “US has its spies everywhere in every form of NGO’s talking about woman’s rights and also keep secret devices in the Chinese Primeministers’s aircraft.”

      Anrosh, this seems a bit far fetched…I agree that the US has spies embedded in a lot of places but having spies in every NGO etc. is way too much…

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    • the world of politics is beyond far fetched. after attending a talk by CIA analysts in wisconsin ( the horse’s mouth ) nothing seems impossible to me.

      and oh ! the chinese thing, i heard it on tv – it was only said one time on the news on abc (during bush’s time)

      i read it somewhere – Politics is the craft and art of using power, becoming powerful and sustaining power.

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  8. Stop fighting them, stop killing them. You can’t and won’t kill them all, but the more you kill, the more sympathisizers you create within their “mainstream” society, and one of these sympathisizers just may someday be one of the tens of thousands of Pakistanis involved in their nuclear arms production.
    Sounds hopeless!

    @Anrosh I didn’t see it this way!

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  9. This does seem pretty expected..thats what Obama’s adm was expected to do…
    USA seems to be in a deep slumber…
    god knows when it will wake up…

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    ((hugs)))

    PPS:-have to read your song post at leisure 🙂

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    • Thanks (about blogadda)!!!

      This morning there is an article in TOI about how the Obama administration is ignoring the information…According to them, Pak’s (India specific) nuclear programme and their military aid are not linked??!! They will continue providing aid…I mean, the US is looking after its own interest and I guess there is nothing wrong with it but what if the nuclear arsenal is stolen or comes into the hands of say a Taliban govt.? Not only India but even the US will be in danger is such a scenario…The Americans’ focus is myopic…

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  10. Good post. Pakistan was founded on Islam and fear of India. The civil society there is now realising I believe that Islamists are harmful for them while India is not. Obama policy is some what better because previously there was no discussion where the money was going.Now atleast there is some discussion and clearer distinction between military and non military aid.

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