America Apologizes to Pakistan Over U.S. Soldiers Defending Themselves


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In a phone call on Thursday to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the accidental deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in a border incident 7 months ago. The apology cleared the way for the supply line from Karachi to Afghanistan to re-open, which was closed by Pakistan following the border clash.

While some details of the incident at the border may never be known, what was clear from the military’s investigation into the incident was that Pakistan failed to inform the US of the position of the Pakistani soldiers, and that the border guards fired on US and Afghan soldiers. In essence, Secretary Clinton has apologized to the Pakistani government for our soldiers defending themselves from attack.

The decision to re-open the supply lines will free up $1.2 billion in US funds to help pay Pakistan for their assistance in US counterterrorism operations. That money was cut off even before the border incident as relations between the two countries deteriorated drastically following the May 2011 operation in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden. Other issues of contention that stand in the way of better relations with Islamabad include Pakistan’s support of terrorists, such as the Haqqani Network, and US drone strikes in Pakistan.

But the agreement to re-open the GLOC (Ground Lines of Communication) is opposed by most of the Pakistani people who wanted the US to “ask for forgiveness” from the Pakistani government and pay reparations. Opposition parties are calling for a nationwide demonstration against NATO and the supply line on Sunday.

Why it took seven months to resolve the dispute and why the US buckled to Pakistani pressure and apologized for an incident in which it didn’t think it was at fault was a matter of internal pressures in both countries. For Pakistan, billions in aid was frozen while the military fretted that the dispute was isolating the country, making it a “pariah state” with NATO countries. While it was the Pakistani army and intelligence service, the ISI, who appeared to be the driving force behind the initial closing of the supply line — the result of American insistence that the civilian government be supreme over the army before military aid could be delivered — the soldiers eventually realized that the closure of GLOC was isolating them in the world community. That, and the fact that NATO replaced the route through Pakistan with a longer and more expensive trip through Russia, Central Asian states, and the Caucuses (the Northern Distribution Network, or NDN), proving the alliance could resupply without Islamabad’s help. Finally, Pakistan wants to be part of the endgame in Afghanistan and needed to improve relations with Washington to have a seat at the table.

For America’s part, it was costing us $100 million more a month to move supplies through the NDN. Also, the overland route through Pakistan is going to be vital when the massive amount of equipment that a decade’s worth of war has left in Afghanistan has to be moved by the time America withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014. The US also believed it vital to improve relations with Islamabad in order to increase cooperation in fighting terrorists hostile to both Pakistan and America, and who would threaten Afghanistan when the US military departs.

The US resisted calls by Pakistan to apologize for the border incident for many months, but several times, considered using the word in order to get the relationship back on track. The Obama administration had expressed its “regret” at the loss of life several times but the Pakistani government considered an apology the least they could accept given the extreme sensitivity of the Pakistani people, who viewed the incident as a deliberate attack by the US on Pakistani sovereignty. Negotiations to re-open the supply line were nearing fruition when the last stumbling block appeared to be the apology. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta opposed the apology as did many in the Pentagon. But in the end, it was determined that it was in the national interest to make the gesture.

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  • FPF

    Give apology then give money and a lot of them? No wonder there are so many who want to be the enemy of the US! Brave men and women die in vein under such leadership!

    • dennis metz

      really sad and pathetic the USA , we give money to everyone and take from no one, where is our money for the thousands lost in the 911, j@ck@$$e$ like obummer force our hard working American taxpayers to foot the bill to provide a life for everyone. maybe we should let some of the jerks die off and not support them at all makes no sense

      • Sane

        I'm surprised obama didn't have her fly there and bow in person to show how sincere we are with all that jizya tax we're sending them.

        As long as the media doesn't explain the muslim mindset, we don't have a clue how much Obama has weakened us in our dealings around the world.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Is this where you start calling them child killers and stuff?

      Did you cheer when they captured Schalitt?

      • Jesusinator

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        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Is this were you start defending the parents that send their children out to be murdered to make a propaganda point?

  • James Ogilvy

    When they’re addressing Pakistani media or politicians, you could see the fear in the eyes of US politicians and generals; smell their fright through TV screens, that palpable is their panic. Hillary Clinton is the prime example. Her lips tremble, sweat beads collect on her forehead, she stutters, her eyes wander around the room in desperate search to catch a glimpse a friendly face and the circles of wet patch on each of her underarm takes a life of their own. The upshot of all this is that US is afraid of Pakistan, this twined with US’s hate of Indians make Pakistan a very happy and rich bunny.

    • kendrick1

      This would be a good time to start pulling out of all the countries in which we have our noses and U.S. taxpayer money. Cut off the funds we give them, reinforce our defenses here at home, get busy drilling for oil and natural gas, produce more coal, and strive for more renewable energy (with no taxpayer subsidies)! To a man, all countries of the world hate us!! So I say, let them go on their own and let's take care of our own people. We are now being held hostage by the Islamists!! The following link can give you an idea of what can happen when other nations are left to their own devices!!
      http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,171

    • Hubcap

      My opinion is that Hillary is a product of her own coward village where vanity is a must. Her hormones are out of balance and her brain has soaked up all the botox from her wrinkle treatments. The same for people like Pelosi. And Big Sis! Years ago they would have been marched into the "Snake Pit." Or in line for a lobotomy.

  • James Ogilvy

    USA = United States of Apologies.

  • oldtimer

    disgraceful….the US should apologize to no one. The only reason for this is to humiliate.Get out of Pakistan, Afganasta and Iraq. The military did it's job, Bin Laden is dead. Oh, wasn't he found in Pakistan?

    • dennis metz

      get out and stop paying fn aid or give aid for oil how many crops can iran and the oil countries grow? this aid to these countries is nothing more than higher ups in our nation scaming money off the taxpayers for themselves and the rich rullers of other nations

      • Sane

        Jizya tax.
        And if they skim some of the top, what else can you expect from any corrupt politician?

  • RonaldCarnine

    The military had nothing to apologize for. A person, especially a soldier, has the right of self defense when he is fired upon, period. No apology no money, nothing. The problem with military action since the Viet Nam era has been the tendency to allow politicians to run the war instead of the military. Pakistan forfeited their right to support from the US when Osama was found hiding in a compound in the vicinity of a police and military training center. Many reports say he had been living there for approx. 5yrs. He couldn't have done that w/o someone in the Pakistani higher ups knowing he was there. Pakistan is not a creditable ally and shouldn't be receiving any US support. Islamic gov'ts love to humble the US and make us look weak and foolish. This so they can show the superiority of Islam to anything else. Enough of this nonsense.

    • kendrick1

      This would be a good time to start pulling out of all the countries in which we have our noses and U.S. taxpayer money. Cut off the funds we give them, reinforce our defenses here at home, get busy drilling for oil and natural gas, produce more coal, and strive for more renewable energy (with no taxpayer subsidies)! To a man, all countries of the world hate us!! So I say, let them go on their own and let's take care of our own people. We are now being held hostage by the Islamists!! The following link can give you an idea of what can happen when other nations are left to their own devices!!
      http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,171

  • Steve Chavez

    U.S. CRIES "UNCLE!"

    Below three of this author's "25 Reasons: Time for a Switch" which is a take on Obama's "Time for a Change." From Democrat to Republican.

    12. If you’re tired of our soldiers getting spit on, even as those very soldiers who put their lives on the line in order to protect your right to spit on them, then it's TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    17. If they say and think “The World First” instead of “Country First,” then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    18. If you’re tired of “Blame America and Apology Tours,” then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!

    • kendrick1

      God, Mother, and Country, in that order, covers my beliefs!

      This would be a good time to start pulling out of all the countries in which we have our noses and U.S. taxpayer money. Cut off the funds we give them, reinforce our defenses here at home, get busy drilling for oil and natural gas, produce more coal, and strive for more renewable energy (with no taxpayer subsidies)! To a man, all countries of the world hate us!! So I say, let them go on their own and let's take care of our own people. We are now being held hostage by the Islamists!! The following link can give you an idea of what can happen when other nations are left to their own devices!!
      http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,171

    • Steve Chavez

      REAGAN SWITCHED AND NOW HE'S CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST EVER!

      Maybe I should add "Reagan Switched." It was originally "Time TO a Change" so it sounded like Obama's "Time for a Change" but too many people didn't like it. So what do you think? Hoping the "25" get out there nationally before the election of course since this is the time that many will SWITCH THEIR VOTE AND/OR PARTY.

  • mrbean

    What doe you expect from a clandestine Muslim who bows before heads of Muslim States. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY

    • Sane

      His muslim heritage shines through well enough for anyone wanting to spot it.

  • jacob

    May I ask why, instead of apologizing, didn't our Secretary of State tell the Pakis in an unequivocal way,
    that there is no apology whatsoever but, if they insist in carrying on the hostile policy they have been till
    now, perhaps they can do without the TWO BILLION DOLLARS we give them annually AND MEAN IT…

    Rest assured this would stop the blackmailing cold in its tracks….
    But this calls for "cojones" which this "administration" reserves for screwing its own citizens

  • BLJ

    Screw Pakistan. They are not, nor have ever, been a friend of the U.S. The ISI works with our enemies.

  • kendrick1

    This would be a good time to start pulling out of all the countries in which we have our noses and U.S. taxpayer money. Cut off the funds we give them, reinforce our defenses here at home, get busy drilling for oil and natural gas, produce more coal, and strive for more renewable energy (with no taxpayer subsidies)! To a man, all countries of the world hate us!! So I say, let them go on their own and let's take care of our own people. We are now being held hostage by the Islamists!! The following link can give you an idea of what can happen when other nations are left to their own devices!!
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,171

  • Stuart Parsons

    I just cannot understand why the U.S and NATO continue to maintain armed forces in the god forsaken hole of Afghanistan and reward Pakistan with billions. The only ones I have any sympathy for in the region are Muslim women and Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. Bring the troops home and spend the money saved on combatting Islam in our own countries.

  • Amused

    cut off Pakistan PERIOD , it is an enemy , not an ally -get the hell out of Afghanistan ASAP ,it's not worth our blood and treasure . Nothing is getting any better there , the GIs know it and they're saying it . If we get out of Afghanistan we sure as hell dont need Pakistan ….for ANYTHING >

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Apologize, the American troops were fired upon and that ends all debate as to the righteousness
    of firing back. As far as Hillary Clinton continuing the bow and scrape policy of the Obama circus
    well what can anyone expect from false leaders. It embrrasses our Nation and to end the farcial
    government antics of these clowns vote them out in November and bring our people home where
    they are needed…………………………………………..William

  • Amused

    As long as we have troops in Afghanistan , passage thru Pakistan with fuel and supplies is essential to the well being of our troops . Pakistan has demanded [rightly or wrongly] an apology for the incident and has blocked passage …WHAT DO YOU DO ? Clinton must do what is necessarry to ensure opening of the supply routes to Afghanistan thru Pakistan , so what do you propose , a WAR with Pakistan ? Obama AS WELL AS ALL WHO SUPPORT continued presence in Afghanistan are responsible for this situation . WAIT TILL NOVEMBER ???? Why in the hell November ?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      November is closer to Christmas and everyone will be in holliday mood?…………Or maybe
      another administration voted in that is not out to destroy America can disingage us from the
      ruinous playing at war designed to get nowhere that Obama is responsible for…………William

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    And now Clinton announces Afghanistan is an ally. As if the words mean anything, just saying them doesn't make it so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Business as usual at the US State Dept of Appeasement and Sell Out.
    Now we can go back to pretending the Pakistanis are our allies.

  • guest

    Pakistan is a greater threat than Iran. We should be helping India and disarming Pakistan