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


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In her phone call to Foreign Minister Khar, Clinton said:

I once again reiterated our deepest regrets for the tragic incident in Salala last November. I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives. Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives. We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.

But what exactly was America apologizing for? The military investigation into the incident uncovered these facts:

The combined international and Afghan force was initially fired upon by unidentified forces, then believed not to be Pakistani military, and legitimately responded in self-defence. The investigation has ascertained that a series of mistakes were made on both sides in failing to properly co-ordinate their locations and actions, both before the operation and during the resulting engagement.

The combined force did not knowingly fire at the Pakistani forces. The investigation has substantiated that close air support was employed in self-defense in response to intense, heavy machine gun and mortar fire initiated by what turned out to be Pakistan forces near the border in the vicinity of Salala.

Politically, it was impossible for the Pakistani government to accept those findings. But the acceptance of the US apology has roiled Pakistani politics as opposition politicians, militant Islamists, and extremists associated with the military want the government to reverse the decision to open the GLOC.

“The US has not apologized formally,” said Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League. Another opposition leader, Imran Khan, said, “The decision isn’t only against national interest but can also stir unrest within the ranks of the armed forces.” A coalition of Islamist parties have called for a nationwide demonstration on July 8 to protest the decision to re-open the supply routes. Syed Munawwar Hassan, the leader of the conservative Jamaat-e-Islami, said that Pakistan’s leaders signed a “document of slavery,” and that an apology isn’t enough.

Not all the Pakistanis believe that government did the wrong thing. An editorial in Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper said that “Pakistanis forgot their more pressing crises and focused on America’s apology, which they thought should be self-demeaning to the extreme.” And there was celebrating in the streets of Karachi where truck drivers hired by NATO to deliver supplies can now get back to work. While the job is extremely dangerous (the Taliban regularly attack the convoys), the pay — about $200 a month — is far above what the ordinary Afghan worker usually makes.

Now that the resupply issues have been resolved, the two countries can turn their attention to other pressing issues that have soured relations. Pakistan has become more and more agitated at the US drone strikes that have proved highly successful in killing terrorists, but that Pakistan sees as an affront to its sovereignty since the US only informs Islamabad after the strikes take place. There is good reason for this. The US believes that there are sources in the Pakistani military and intelligence community who would alert the terrorists to any drone strike targeting them.

Pakistan believes that the US doesn’t give it credit for what they’ve been doing to fight the terrorists. Hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters and other terrorists have been killed or captured as the result of US-Pakistani cooperation. Clearly, there are grounds for continuing this cooperation. The US is aiding the Pakistani military to fight the terrorists to the tune of more than a billion dollars a year.

But there are other terrorists who regularly infiltrate across the border into Afghanistan — aided by Pakistan — who target NATO and Afghan forces. Pakistan supports these terrorists so that when NATO leaves, they will have some influence in a post-war Afghanistan that is sure to be chaotic and violent. While the military denies this support, terrorists like the Haqqani network operate freely in Pakistan and no move has been made to attack them. Of course, it is widely believed that Osama bin Laden hid in plain sight in Pakistan for many years, despite denials by the military and civilian government.

Until the US and Pakistan begin to trust each other, these issues will not be resolved and are likely to worsen in the near future. The problem is partly due to internal Pakistani politics where a powerful military dictates security policy to the civilian government. Even if the civilian government wanted to fight Haqqani, kick the Afghan Taliban out of the Northwest Frontier Provinces, and police the border more vigorously to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Afghanistan, it is likely they would be stymied by a military who has their own agenda — an agenda that doesn’t include helping America pacify Afghanistan.

In the end, telling Pakistan the US is “sorry” about killing their troops changes little except the resupply problem. For the rest, the long, slow, painful process of rebuilding a shattered relationship will have to wait for changes in Pakistan’s internal power relationships — a prospect not likely to be realized any time soon.

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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

        Is this where you start defending the killing of innocent children? america-hijacked.com/…/not-guilty-the-israeli-captain-who-emptied-… <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

        • 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