Chaos in Pakistan


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It gets worse. The Pakistani government has ceded vast stretches of the country’s laughably misnamed Federally Administered Tribal Areas to enemy forces. And after SEAL Team 6 found Osama bin Laden hiding in plain sight just outside Islamabad, Pakistan expelled two-thirds of the U.S. military personnel assigned to training the Pakistani army in counterinsurgency. If Islamabad truly were on America’s side in the war on terror, then that action is akin to firing your surgeon and oncologist after they have excised a brain tumor.

That brings us to the most damning piece of evidence against the Pakistani security, military and intelligence apparatus: Osama bin Laden was permitted to live—for years—in a mansion just miles outside Pakistan’s capital, in a city that serves as a garrison for Pakistani troops, a host to the Pakistani military academy and a retirement destination for Pakistani military brass. It’s impossible to believe that Pakistani military and intelligence personnel in the area—or government officials in nearby Islamabad—were unaware that the most wanted man on earth was living next door.

Some say that all of this is a function of an intense power struggle between the Pakistani military and civilian government—and within the military itself. That may be true, but excuses and motives and root causes don’t change the reality of what is happening in Pakistan and/or what Pakistan is allowing to happen.

In fact, if Pakistan’s civilian government is unable to prevent its U.S.-equipped security, military and intelligence apparatus from firing on U.S. helicopters and unable to order its U.S.-equipped security, military and intelligence apparatus to apprehend America’s enemies, then that means Pakistan’s civilian government is not really in charge of its security, military and intelligence apparatus. If, on the other hand, Pakistan’s civilian government is ordering its security, military and intelligence apparatus to fire on American choppers, fund Haqqani terrorists and hide al Qaeda’s founding fathers, then it is an enemy regime. Neither alternative is particularly comforting.

The point of this recap is simple: Perhaps someone down in the NATO chain of command—or somewhere higher up in the U.S. chain of command—has had enough with Pakistan’s duplicity and sent a message last weekend. If so, that someone has brought Americans and their government closer to understanding that Pakistan is part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security issues.

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  • alvaro

    Pakistan joined the “war on terror” on gunpoint. They created the Taliban and are assisting ISAF’s enemies as much as they dare. And they are becoming bolder by the day. Pakistan is the enemy and needs to be treated as such.

    • drtruth

      Obama has no stomach to do what needs to be done with pakistan. Nose bleed style of attacks against the the taliban and haqquani network will only serve the terrorist cause. Drone attacks are equivqlent to treating the symptoms versus treating the disease. To treat the disease you have to erradicate it or surgically excise it. Antibiotics like drone attacks only serve to cause resistant strains of bacteria. And so drone attacks will only anger the pakiistani’s and ralley to attack the US. Don’t forget that these luatics have nukes. The Iranians are also about to have a bomb and may already be capable of a dirty bomb. Its high time someone in the US higher brass start to change strategy to include a pre emptive all out strike on these countries to take out their nuclear capabilities and then form a coalition or go it alone to permanantely send these countries military capabilities back to the stone ages.
      Enough is enough. This political correct war is dragging the whole world down economically and will most likely end up in a WW3 nuclear holocaust. Let them go down the tubes and not us. They threaten the whole world with their fanaticism and aspirations of a muslim caliphate. Enough is enough. However, what needs to be done will not be done with Obama the weak in power.

  • davepinoy

    The NATO forces could be doing some damage to Al-QUAEDA, for the duplicitous pakistanis to stage a drama like this. The Pakistani General in-charge must be bragging to his al-quaeda buddies he would be doing some damage back to the NATO forces with his military unit and ordered the initial fire to have bragging rights. But then he got scared and deserted his men, after putting them in jeopardy.

    Now they are trying to paint a picture that the NATO fire was unprovoked. What would be the motivation of NATO to alienate the pakistanis when in fact they are suppose to be partners in dealing with the terrorist.

    Islam's deception continues, but its not fooling the world anymore. The US shoud suspend their grants to this country cause its obvious Pakistan's are allies of the terrorist group.

  • dr.music

    IF Indira Gandhi was alive she would have fixed the problem like a true practical woman that she was. But today her grandchild is too weak to fix the problem because of the inhouse muslim breeding. Indira Gandhi would have bombed the mad-rassas out of existance in 4 quick days . Job done . No apologies. When China wants to bomb any part of Pakistan… India will allow it's air-space to be used…. it's common sense and why not ? It's either nuclear weapons or islam. We have to choose. Without nuclear weapons islam will never be wiped out …and by wiped out i mean WIPED OUT !!! Only AFTER islam is WIPED OUT can we even think of a nuclear weapon free world. Look around you at these monkeys … can't you see where they are taking us as a species ? islam is leading the planet to a non- stop blood bath …slowly and surely …and without nuclear weapons islam's march will never be stopped.

  • dr.music

    Someone has to start bombing the monkeys sometime …. i have a feeling that China will be the first to bite back on islam's arse. …. then free for all….. we live in interesting times…. our generation will see the death of islam….but how it will happen will be worth watching. Intelligence has a way of waking up and crushing the moronic , however vicious and barbaric. The thing to actually wonder is how Mecca and Medina will be pulverised. How will we do it ? And which year? That will be the exact beginning of a new era of peace.
    i have a feeling somewhere around some table some people in high and right places are looking at this solution. And i have a feeling they compromise a lot of different people from all over the globe. Intelligence is Good. Intelligence is Cool. islam is neither. Hence islam will literally dissolve. Without mecca and medina there is no islam. Period.

  • dr.music

    islam. Period.
    After islam is Irradicated we can think about nuclear disarmamment and all things peacefull and noble. Till then we have to wait . We have to. There is no option. Muslims want us all dead and we want to live…. got any brighter ideas?
    Cheers !!
    •I'M NOT AMERICAN. I REGRET THIS.
    •BUT I LIVE WITH IT.
    •WITHOUT AMERICA THERE IS NO FREEDOM.
    •LIVE WITH THIS FACT.
    •GELLER AND SPENCER HAVE MORE GUTS AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE. MOST PEOPLE WHO THINK ISLAM IS A RELIGION HAVE NOT BEEN TOUCHED BY IT YET. ASK AFGANISTAN THAT IS ACTUALLY A BUDDHIST COUNTRY TILL ISLAM CAME KNOCKING…..ASK INDIA …..THEY LET THE HORDES STAY NOW HOPELESSLY KNEELING….ASK THAILAND….SLOWLY HAPPENING …ASK THE WEST …SLOWLY WAKING UP ….WAKEY WAKEY …KNOCK KNOCK ….WHO'S THERE ? EEESLLAAM…..EESSSLAM WHO ? EEESLAM AALLLAHHAA HO AAKHHBAAR I CUT YOUR HEAD OFF.

  • http://www.genussallee.at Weihnachtsgeschenke

    It's very dangerous that this country has mass destruction weapons!!!!
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    • Chiggles

      Great. A commercial spammer in German.

  • skulldiggerin

    Ready the MOAB bombs.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Why should NATO or American forces apologize for destroying bases and
    enemy troops, this is what the Pakastani forces are enemies.Doing the bent
    "we are so sorry" is sickening and demeaning to the intelligence of people.
    Continuing the charade of Pakistan being a help in the fight against terrorists
    is a complete farce…………………………………William

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Message or mistake?
    No, it was a mistaken message.
    With Islamics one does not send "messages". Either stomp them to six or more feet under, or prepare for bad times ahead.

  • StephenD

    So we finally are dragged kicking and screaming to the realization that Pakistan is really not our friend. What difference does it actually make in the larger picture? We open up a T.V. program to whitewash Islam here in the West. Does anyone question why there would be a program dedicated to the premise that Muslims in America are the same as you and I? Why not a Jewish in America or Hindu?? Jews experience more "hate" crimes than Muslims. Then they have the audacity to show a woman in full burqa, roller skating down the sidewalk. As if it is a religious mandate for them to wear such garb. The same program shows that IT IS NOT a MANDATE of Islam (two women are Muslim and only one wears the garb) but rather a cultural practice. All other cultures adapt and assimilate to our culture. You don't see Scotsmen in Kilts; Lip plates or grass skirts aren't prominent here either. So though it seems unrelated, this is just as much the continuation of "Jihad" as Pakistan backstabbing us.

  • cheese_burger

    It's all in the Koran, for those who dare to read it. All Muslims are eternally at war with all non-Muslims. This is an absolute, unchangeable fact. They… every last Muslim on earth, is required by the thing they call a religion, to murder all of Us. In order to permanently resolve this problem, We have to exterminate every last Muslim on earth, and declare being or becoming a Muslim, a crime, punishable by death.

    Alternately, if enough Muslims leave Islam of their own choice, Islam will break down, and cease to exist, of its own accord.

    This might take centuries.

    If We start killing Muslims faster than they can reproduce, or institute harsh laws, like forced castration for male Muslims, this will hasten their demise.

    Western Science is a tool that can be employed against populations that are predominantly Islamic. It may be possible for Western science to develop genetic weapons that would render entire Islamic populations sterile, containing genetic markers that are common in an Islamic population, and nonexistent in surrounding, non-Islamic populations.

    This may be feasible, because Islamic populations are known to favour inbreeding, which causes a high degree of genetic illnesses in Islamic populations, Pakistan being one of the most seriously inbred population in possibly the entire world.

    A strategy like this might seem pretty drastic right now, but take a really, really, really good look at Islam, and the Monsters it creates, and ask yourself… how many more years, or generations, should We non-Muslims, put up with the Muslims truly Monstrous, Degenerate, Insane behaviour?

  • jacob

    Coming to think about, would someone please inform an ignorant like me about
    the origin of PAKISTAN as a nuclear power ??
    I have been reading about one scientist KHAN being the provider but who works
    like the archcriminals depicted in OO7 pictures, selling nuclear knowledge to
    the highest bidder.
    Which brings me to ask where and how did he get hold of this knowledge?????
    Was it perhaps thanks to the same STUPIDITY that allowed a Jihaddist to visit
    FBI's counterterrorism labs, in line with FBI's handling of the information that
    gifted us 9/11 ?????
    Now that the honeymoon seems to be over between good old USA and Pakistan,
    will the one responsible for "conducting" our foreign policy, shut off the millions
    spigot given to this enemy or not ????
    Since the answer will most probably be NOT for the most stupid coq and bull
    reasons, isn't time for CONGRESS to set him straight, before more of our boys
    get killed by this "friend's" actions, unlike those killed defending ISRAEL or as
    our illustrious Gen. PETRAEUS stated, Muslims kill American soldiers because
    of the Arab-Israeli conflict…

    • Larry

      He worked in Europe and stole the information.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    “The support of terrorism is part of their national strategy,” Mullen bluntly said of the dysfunctional, duplicitous Pakistani security, military and intelligence apparatus.

    Actually, terrorism in the Islamic world is un-Islamic, as terrorism is a manifestation of Western civilization only. It also indicates how incompetent, inept, and misguided the US strategy is, as it declared “War on Terror,” which is a Western manifestation only. Yet, Muslims never ever perpetrate terrorism, as that would garner them a one way ticket to Allah's version of hell.

    As a matter of fact, terrorism, as its name implies, is always violent, targets civilian non-combatants, can be for any number of political causes, and is a manifestation of Western civilization only. While jihad, on the other hand, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, can be both violent and non-violent in stark contrast to terrorism which is only always violent, targets non-Muslim unbelievers only, either civilian non-combatants as in the case of the Madrid Train Bombing or military combatants as in the case in Iraq and Afghanistan, again is always only in the cause of Allah, and is a manifestation of Islamic civilization only. Now, of course, Muslims seemingly target other Muslims as well all the time, but when they do they declare those other Muslims to be takfir, that is un-Islamic, and since they are un-Islamic, they are apostates, i.e., non-Muslim unbelievers.

    Hence, in essence today we are in effect prosecuting a very misguided “War on Terror,” which is a manifestation of Western civilization only, and if that doesn't demonstrate that our US government today is completely incompetent and inept, then nothing does.

    Indeed, the main justification we hear today for continuing to pay Jizya to our Islamic enemies in Pakistan is that we must pay it to prevent their nuclear weapons arsenal from falling into the hands of the radicals. Well, well, well, the existence of so-called radicals and so-called extremists and so-called Islamists and so-called moderates is all a false PC multicultural fantasy based myth. The truth is in Islam ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists. A few of them are violent jihadists, while most of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslim at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed. Thus, that justification for continuing to pay Jizya to our Islamic enemies in Pakistan is just as idiotic as our continued pursuit of a totally misguided “War on Terror.”

    Therefore, if we are concerned that Pakistan's Saudi funded nuclear weapons arsenal ends up in the hands of radicals, which is ludicrous to say the least since ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, then lets eliminate the problem for a fraction of the cost of continuing to pay Jizya.

    Indeed, as soon as Iran acquires nukes, which is inevitable given how totally incompetent our government is, and at the same time renders the NPT not worth the paper it is printed on, those Pakistani Saudi funded nuclear weapons will be used to proliferate nuclear weapons throughout the Sunni Islamic world, and regardless of how much Jizya we pay. Thus, an Islamic world with an imperative to make Islam supreme will become armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, and as a direct result will also inevitably be a far more belligerent and aggressive Islamic world.

    In other words, we need to drop the totally misguided “War on Terror” and get the hell out of Afghanistan and Iraq ASAP and instead implement a new saner strategy to contain the growth, spread, and expansion of Islam.

    Not to mention as well that Afghanistan's President Hamid Karsai announced the other day that if the US goes to war against Pakistan, that Afghanistan would use its US trained military to go to war against the US on the side of Pakistan. Thus, we are in effect propping up and building up in Afghanistan what really is our eternal enemies and nothing could be more counterproductive and insane than that. Folks, we need to drop the totally misguided fantasy based “War on Terror” ASAP and transition to a new saner strategy of containing the growth, spread, and expansion of Islam.

    Furthermore, all those responsible for the monstrosity that is the so-called “War on Terror,” which happens to be the biggest strategic blunder ever in American history, must be held responsible to discourage this sort of gross incompetence from ever happening again.

    • drtruth

      Hey Obamayomoma

      What do ya know, I agree with you. MOSTLY. Before leaving Afghanistan the US should strike all the nuclear site in Pakistan, and Iran and send all their remaining military capabilities inot the stone ages, then CLOSE the doors and disallow them to imigartate to North America and Europe (if possible) and throw out the ones that are here causing problems and leave them to kill each other off. They surely will kill each other with no Americans Israeli’s or other Westerners to kill.

  • UCSPanther

    I would not trust Pakistan one bit, even if they're government was as good as gold due to the factitious nature their armed forces demonstrate…

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The reality is ALL ISLAMIC COUNTRIES ARE OUR ENEMIES. Every last one of them. Hence, only unhinged fools provide foreign aid to what are our enemies. More proof that the misguided "War on Terror" is incredibly fantasy based.

  • BLJ

    Pakistan is not a real friend to the U.S. I trust them as much as I do China, Iran or North Korea.

  • Brujo Blanco

    It is apparent that all Muslims and Mislim countries need to be watched. I believe that they will turn on any ally at anytime.

  • gfmucci

    The only surprises here are
    1) That Mullen is as "blunt"(i.e. aware and truthful) as he is, and
    2) NATO forces actually addressed the problem.

  • LindaRivera

    Pakistan HATES infidel Americans. It is inexcusable and UNFORGIVABLE that we give Pakistan even one dollar.

    The U.S. gave $20.7 billion in military and economic development aid to Pakistan from fiscal 2002 through fiscal 2011, according to a new report that FOX Business has obtained that was issued by specialists in South Asian Affairs for the Congressional Research Service [CRS] to Congress on May 6.

  • LindaRivera

    We should not be giving Pakistan a single dollar!

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Amen!

      • LindaRivera

        My original comment was actually longer, but I got a message saying my comment had to be approved!

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Wow…that is strange!

          • LindaRivera

            I just checked right now. Scroll back up and you will see they did insert my original comment.

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