Hillary Clinton says the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan are our "partners". Did you know that?
“I will be the first to admit that working with our Afghan and Pakistani partners is not always easy,” Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “But these relationships are advancing America’s national security interests, and walking away from them would undermine those interests.”
The US government goes to considerable lengths to avoid offending Afghan President Hamid Karzai. A US Army general who made frank comments about the Afghan government got fired for criticizing our "partners".
Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, the deputy commander for programs at the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, based in Kabul, was relieved of his duties by the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, after comments Fuller made to the news Web site Politico.
WPost reports these comments probably will lead to him being retired - i.e. booted from the Army.
Then there's our other partner Pakistan. Read the piece by Marc Ambinder and Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic entitled The Ally From Hell.
Pakistan lies. It hosted Osama bin Laden (knowingly or not). Its government is barely functional. It hates the democracy next door. It is home to both radical jihadists and a large and growing nuclear arsenal (which it fears the U.S. will seize). Its intelligence service sponsors terrorists who attack American troops. With a friend like this, who needs enemies?
Feel like being scared? Check out how Pakistan moves its nukes around:
Nuclear-weapons components are sometimes moved by helicopter and sometimes moved over roads. And instead of moving nuclear material in armored, well-defended convoys, the SPD prefers to move material by subterfuge, in civilian-style vehicles without noticeable defenses, in the regular flow of traffic. According to both Pakistani and American sources, vans with a modest security profile are sometimes the preferred conveyance. And according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the Pakistanis have begun using this low-security method to transfer not merely the “de-mated” component nuclear parts but “mated” nuclear weapons. Western nuclear experts have feared that Pakistan is building small, “tactical” nuclear weapons for quick deployment on the battlefield. In fact, not only is Pakistan building these devices, it is also now moving them over roads.
Pakistan, America's biggest foreign policy nightmare. Does fighting in Afghanistan make it harder or easier to reduce the chances that Pakistan's nukes will fall into the hands of terrorist groups?
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2011 November 06 05:07 PM MidEast Afghanistan|