2011 November 06 Sunday
America's Partners In Afghanistan And Pakistan

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


Comments
Lou Pagnucco said at November 7, 2011 10:41 AM:

I doubt The Atlantic's neocon authors have U.S. interests at heart.
Are their families represented in the military they want to fight their arm chair wars?

AR said at November 7, 2011 11:49 AM:

Jeffrey Goldberg served in the military. He's not just an armchair warrior, he has experience.

Black Death said at November 7, 2011 1:00 PM:

Larry Auster has a link to a story in "The New York Post" about what really happened on the bin Laden raid. Looks like they lied about that too (http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/020928.html).

General Fuller got axed for saying what everyone already knows - the emperor has no clothes. This is, without a doubt, the worst mess in which we've been involved since Vietnam. It will certainly have a similar horrible ending.

solaris said at November 7, 2011 2:03 PM:

>"Jeffrey Goldberg served in the military."

The Israeli military. And his service involved being a prison guard.

Isn't there some law about US citizens enlisting in the armed forces of a foreign country?

Bob Arctor said at November 9, 2011 1:27 PM:

"Isn't there some law about US citizens enlisting in the armed forces of a foreign country?"

Unfortunately, there's not. The only way you can receive any official sanction at all is if you serve in what the State Department calls a "policy making position."

Goldberg has some nerve; the American taxpayer funds his expensive U. Penn. education and he pays us back by working as a concentration camp guard in the Israeli Gulag.


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