Tuesday, January 3

Ten Fictions that Pakistani Defense Officials Love to Peddle

An old topic son but something that will keep cropping up. Pakistan has at least got a civilian system which is good but the problem is the Pakistani army which is like a giant parasite on the country region and the world. 
We will have serious issues with Pakistan as we did before and with nuclear weapons it's dangerous. But some signs of intelligence are still there like the recent neutrality proposal for the stupid Yemeni issue. 
Still read the history son. This is as much as about history as its about politics and philosophy and diplomacy and terrorism. Sad

Ten Fictions that Pakistani Defense Officials Love to Peddle
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Ten Fictions that Pakistani Defense Officials Love to Peddle
Ten Fictions that Pakistani Defense Officials Love to Peddle

The U.S.-Pakistan “strategic dialogue” has restarted yet again.  I would be remiss if I did not point that it has never been strategic and it has certainly not been a dialogue.  No doubt the Pakistanis are worried that wary American taxpayers and their congressional representatives may close the checkbook for good when the last U.S. soldier departs from Afghanistan.  In the spirit of perpetual rent-seeking, Pakistani defense officials have recently alighted upon Washington to offer the same tired and hackneyed narratives that are tailored to guilt the Americans into keeping the gravy train chugging along.
Here are the top ten ossified fictions that Pakistani defense officials are pedaling and what you need to know to call the “Bakvas Flag” on each of them.
1.  “Our relationship should be strategic rather than transactional.”
Nonsense and here’s why.  For the U.S.-Pakistan relationship to be “strategic,” there should be a modicum of convergence of interests in the region if not beyond.  Yet, there is no evidence that this is the case.  In fact, Pakistan seems most vested in undermining U.S. interests in the region. In the name of the conflict formerly known as the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the United States has given Pakistan some $27 billion in military and financial aid as well as lucrative reimbursements.  However, during these same years, Pakistan has continued to aid and abet the Afghan Taliban and allied militant groups such as the Haqqani Network.  These organizations are the very organizations that have killed American military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan along with those of our allies in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and countless more Afghans, in and out of uniform.  This is in addition to the flotilla of Islamist militant groups that Pakistan uses as tools of foreign policy in India. Foremost among them is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is proscribed by the United States and which is responsible for the most lethal terror operations in India and, since 2006, has openly operated against Americans in Afghanistan.

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