Face the Truth: Pakistan Is Not An Ally

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


pakJournalist Carlotta Gall, who reported from Afghanistan for the New York Times for twelve years, reported Wednesday that

“soon after the Navy SEAL raid on Bin Laden’s house, a Pakistani official told me that the United States had direct evidence that the ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, knew of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad. The information came from a senior United States official, and I guessed that the Americans had intercepted a phone call of Pasha’s or one about him in the days after the raid. ‘He knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes,’ the Pakistani official told me. The official was surprised to learn this and said the Americans were even more so.”

He shouldn’t have been. It has been obvious for years that the Pakistanis have been aiding the same jihadists that the U.S. government has been giving them billions of dollars to fight. The New York Times reported on that at length back in 2008. And now we learn that not only did Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the head of the Pakistani government’s spy service, knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, but also that so did many other top officials in the Pakistani government.

Those who are genuinely surprised by this news probably also think that Islam is a Religion of Peace that has been hijacked by a Tiny Minority of Extremists. After all, this is the country where the jihad terror leader Hafiz Saeed, on whom the U.S. has placed a $10 million bounty, lives openly and comfortably. International Business Times reported in early March that Saeed “lives as a free man in Lahore,” even though he is “chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JUD), a parent organisation of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET). The organization was implicated in the 2008 attacks on Mumbai in India, which claimed 166 lives.” Not only that, but “Pakistan had twice placed Saeed under house arrest since 2001, but had let him go under suspicious circumstances.” And today, “JUD operates quite visibly in parts of Pakistan, with its own website and a twitter page.”

Meanwhile, Sky News reported in January that “Pakistani officials have reportedly used a secret counter-terrorism fund to buy wedding gifts, luxury carpets and gold jewellery for relatives of ministers and visiting dignitaries.” This is better than funneling to the terrorists themselves the money that the Pakistani government received from the U.S. to fight terror, but it shows how seriously the Pakistani authorities have taken their role in the “war on terror”: not seriously at all.

But they do take some things very seriously indeed. Last November, after Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike, the Pakistani government was furious, and summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest. The Pakistani foreign minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said the killing of Mehsud was “not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts” and warned that “every aspect” of Pakistan’s relationship with Washington would be reexamined.

And last summer, Pakistan’s Abbottabad Commission, which was an investigation into the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden, denounced the United States as “arrogant” and said that the killing of bin Laden was the “greatest humiliation” that Pakistan had suffered since the 1971 declaration of independence by East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

None of this should be a surprise to anyone. Last summer the Associated Press reported of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that “critics worry that Sharif, who is known to be personally very religious, is soft on Islamic extremism and won’t crack down on militants that pose a serious threat to Pakistan and other countries — chief among them the Taliban and al-Qaida-linked groups.”

But he has shown that he knows how to keep the gravy train flowing from Washington. Despite all the evidence above and much more that Pakistan is not a reliable U.S. ally and not even really an ally at all, last November the U.S. and Pakistan agreed to continue their “counter-terrorism co-operation” even after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. A joint statement declared:

“Affirming their mutual commitment to a strong defence relationship, the delegations agreed that Pakistan-US defence partnership is vital to regional and international security and that it should continue to endure and grow in the years ahead. Both delegations welcomed continued efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation based on mutual interests and trust.”

Mutual interests? Trust?

The U.S. government is in dire need of an intervention: its friends need to get it to seek professional help for its addiction to shoveling huge amounts of money to old Cold War allies that aren’t really allies at all. The problem is that the only friends who could stage such an orchestrated effort are just as far gone themselves.

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  • Raja Kayani Badmash

    well pak has got its own interst doesn’t have to serve others in it’s region.

    • A Z

      Should a country serve its’ interest?

      Certainly

      But when a country says it is an ally of another nation and then double crosses them, what do you call that?

      A SNAKE with a forked tongue, a rutting DOG, a foul PIG!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      India will destroy PakiSHtan.

    • Drakken

      You bloody filthy wogs bring your own misery, without the west you savages would starve and I for one say we should let you.

  • herb benty

    Pakistan and all Muslim Nations are enemies of the USA. Borrowing to give to your enemies is insanity.

  • UCSPanther

    No big surprise. Pakistan is an asylum that has long since been run by the inmates.

    It has been that way since the days of General Zia ul Haq’s dictatorship…

  • Dyer’s Eve

    My enemy’s enemy is not necessarily my friend. Islam loves a bet each way.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    “The U.S. government is in dire need of an intervention: its friends need to get it to seek professional help for its addiction to shoveling huge amounts of money to old Cold War allies that aren’t really allies at all.”

    Mr Spenser, please a bit less naivete. Both the Bush and Obama administration KNOW that Pakistan is NOT our ally. They know that the Pakistani sympathies and allegiances lie…with radical Islam. (a bit of a misnomer, there is only Islam)

    The huge amounts of money being given to Pakistan is bribe money.

    What is it that separates Jordan, who receives much less from the US… from Pakistan? Nukes… The bribe money the US pays Pakistan is to keep Pakistan’s nukes secure and to keep in place a corrupt minority of Pakistanis who hold power, so that the nukes will remain secure. So, that Pakistan’s nukes will NOT ‘find their way’ into the hands of al Qaeda and the Taliban. That’s what our ‘foreign aid’ to Pakistan is all about. And, it’s far cheaper (in the short term) than the alternative.

    • Khushi

      That is not true.
      America gave money to pakistan even before it had any nukes on the scene.

      • Geoffrey_Britain

        It is true and is by far the greatest reason for our current ‘aid’ to Pakistan. America gave money to Pakistan before she had nukes in hopes that it would dissuade Pakistan from developing nukes and secondarily to encourage regional stability. Plus, the aid was much less before Pakistan had nukes.

        Other than natural disaster aid and health programs, most all of our ‘aid’ is given with an ulterior motive.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The huge amounts of money being given to Pakistan is bribe money.

      Actually, thanks to that bribery money, i.e., jizya, paid by our government, the Pakistanis have been able to tremendously build up their nuclear arsenal in anticipation of Shi’a Iran eventually acquiring nukes, and when that inevitability eventually reaches fruition, Pakistan will be positioned nicely to become the nuclear supermarket for the Sunni Islamic world and will reap an enormous economic whirlwind as a result. Indeed, watch how fast the Sunni Islamic world becomes armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons once Iran acquires nukes. Don’t blink, as you’ll miss it. Indeed, they are literally running circles around the losers in our government that are supposed to be protecting our national interests.

      • Geoffrey_Britain

        Fully agree with the caveat that “the losers in our government that are supposed to be protecting our national interests” do not actually want to protect American interests. They’re diligently
        working to either “fundamentally transform” America or if unsuccessful in that transformation, destroy it.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          You are absolutely correct.

      • T800

        Saudi Arabia also helped fund Pakistan’s nuclear weapons,with the understanding that they would be able to buy some if it became necessary. Sorta like a down payment or lay-away.

  • Sharps Rifle

    NO muslim country is an ally. Ever. Period.

    • Ellsworth Toohey

      As simple as that ! iSSlam is nazism without electricity.

    • BS77

      DUH!!!! Got that right.

  • popseal

    …but, but, everybody loves and respects our DHIMMI presidential dilettante.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    We pay Pakistan Jizzyyah or our submission tax, according to the Koran. Our CIA, our S.D., and even our military know, or should know that Islam is out to conquer us, by hook or crook. Can we get out of this mess? I think it would take a statesman. A visionary willing to break a dozen eggs in order to make an ommelet. Part of it would be to stop all aid to Pakistan and go with India, stop all foreign aid and pay down our national debt, and ultimately become tha superpower we were meant to be. That the Pakistanis have engaged in Taqqiyyah is only a mystery to the stupid ones in our government.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The U.S. government is in dire need of an intervention: its friends need to get it to seek professional help for its addiction to shoveling huge amounts of money to old Cold War allies that aren’t really allies at all. The problem is that the only friends who could stage such an orchestrated effort are just as far gone themselves.

    The unbridled truth is Pakistan and in fact all Muslim countries throughout the world are not our allies but our eternal mortal enemies, as the sole fundamental purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam is the subjugation of all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia (Islamic totalitarian law) to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    Thus, what should we do about the situation? How about first banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the strategic purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and demographic conquest. Then lets work to form an international coalition from within the collective non-Muslim infidel world to not only render the Islamic world into total abject poverty, but to also isolate it. So that Islam as a force will in time become discredited among its adherents and eventually cease to exist.

    Indeed, because of the very totalitarian nature of Islam and Islamic society, it is incapable of producing anything of value on its own. Hence, in a matter of time if isolated it will collapse and die on its own, and being rendered into total abject poverty will help to accelerate that process.

    As a matter of fact, it almost happened in the early part of the 20th century until oil was discovered in the Middle East, which helped to rejuvenate it back up again. Nevertheless, unless Islam is destroyed utterly as a force, then there will always be jihad waged by Muslims against non-Muslim infidels, because, again, that is the sole fundamental purpose of Islam.

    Sorry GWB lied about Islam and when he did, it was a lie just as profound as the lies Obama told about Obamacare and to win reelection.

    Moreover, Pakistan’s claim that it acquired nukes to protect itself from India is utterly absurd, as India is a legitimate democracy and legitimate democracies never fight wars aggressively but only in self-defense. The truth is the Pakistanis are playing the Palestinian role in the greater Islamic world’s perpetual jihad being waged against the Hindu infidels in India to ultimately make Islam supreme in India and to render the Hindu infidels into harsh and degrading dhimmitude. As a matter of fact, as in Israel with the Jewish infidels, it is just another jihad (holy war) being waged on the world stage against infidels to ultimately make Islam dominant.

    • kikorikid

      GWB put forth misstatements out of ignorance and
      naiivete. WAS NOT as profound as OBAMAS lies to
      win a election. A good deal said here is close to
      truth but throwing out the equivalency arguement
      ,here, between GWB and Obama sours the whole
      deal on credibility. “Render the Hindu infidels into
      harsh and degrading Dhimmitude” There will be NO
      “Hindu Kush II” India, with expected provocation,
      will give Pakistan a Nuclear knuckle sandwhich.
      Soon would be good.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        WAS NOT as profound as OBAMAS lies to win a election.

        Whether he is incompetent or not, Bush’s lies were far worse and far more destructive than Obama’s lies. Just because you don’t comprehend all the ramifications, doesn’t mean they weren’t as bad as Obama’s lies. Indeed, Bush’s lies led to the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history. They also led to the greatest expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government since the FDR era. The truth is although Bush was a Republican President, he didn’t have a conservative bone in his exceedingly leftwing body. Indeed, he is easily the worse Republican President ever in U. S. history and easily one of the worse of all time.

        As for the remainder of your analogy as is usual for you, it is incredibly unhinged to say the least.

        • kikorikid

          and you,as usual, cannot post a dialogue without
          a string of ad hominums thrown in because, I guess,
          it makes you feel superior. May you smother in
          dog flatulence. You are just more Leftist
          “Talking Points”.

          • YoMomaTimmy

            That’s because Timmy OYM, is a child democrat and is the same as all the blind little puppets and always accuses everyone else of being exactly what he himself truly is. Here is getting kicked off or “Banned” from another political site.
            https://www.debatepolitics.com/members/obamayomoma.html

            Timmy OYM is pathetic that even his little Gaymer buddies had to kick him out of their gaming club where is uses his same self-portrait childish avatar and the guy entitled the article ” The Demise of ObamaYoMoma”.

            https://thephalanxgaming.com/obamayomoma/

            Besides all of this timmy ‘oym’ is such a loser he thinks everything the government tells him is the truth. He doesn’t even know that the Presidential election is an ‘Indirect Election’ Timmy and everyone else doesn’t actually chose a ‘candidate’ they elect an Elector that then casts a ballot in the joke of a lie ‘Electoral College’, it is Not a popularity contest and the popular vote does not matter at all.

            Besides the well known FACT that Barry Soebarhka is Cheney and Bush’s distant cousin (Look it up) and in fact 16 have been related. Bank Lords run America and have since 1913 (FedResAct). The puppet president is just the little ceo or coo when it is the Board of Directors/Shareholder/Federal Reserve Central Bank that runs the show and is why we have had to run around the world in the sole interest of keeping the fake worthless Central Bank Dollar as the world’s reserve currency- but that game is just about over and will bring WWIII.

  • Softly Bob

    Pakistan is a rogue nation that should never have been formed. It should have stayed part of India, but of course the whinging Muslims wouldn’t have that.
    Pakistan is also an enemy nation and Western leaders who give money to an enemy state should be tried for treason.

    • jscumm

      it all started from richi nixon

  • keith

    The time is fast coming for the US to fully support India – and to a lesser degree, China – as a counterweight to the emerging rogue nation of Pakistan.

    Start with cutting off aid and restricting immigration from Pakistan.

    • Drakken

      The Brits have an open corridor to pakiland. About time they cut off the tap and stem the flow.

      • keith

        Agreed. Pakistan is the source of UK’s Muslim Peril.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      India, most certainly, China, perhaps later. Definitely not now.

      • keith

        Right, lead with India as the first mover. Follow on with China as things develop. Still, always have a backup plan, or three.

    • jscumm

      china! think twice. china wants to be number one super power and that partnership will conflict with american game plan

      • keith

        It’s called Realpolitik son. US global position can’t threaten Pakistan so you go with proxies. Two big countries on Pakistan’s border with workable relations with the US are India and China.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Robert Spencer AKBAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    We’re sending you and your dumb aunt on a one-way trip to Pakishtan.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Flagged …

  • Bklyn Farmer

    Time to start supporting India with military equipment, pay back is hell.

  • kevinstroup

    Virtually all the Islamic terrorism in the world is funded by Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan. You eliminate those 3 countries and you will seriously slow down the ongoing Jihad.

  • Aaron

    That Pakistan is not only not a friend but an enemy is the reason we need to stay in Afghanistan … perhaps the only deterrent to their nuclear ambitions.

    • Drakken

      Asscrackistan is land locked and the shortest route is through Pakiland, logistics, logistics, logistics.

  • Jahil hamid

    US has been funding and arming pakistan against India for last six decades. It is the paki funded taliban and other terrorist groups which kill US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Afghans have been telling the world and US that pakistan has been sheltering the highest echelons of taliban in its territory and has been funding and arming them. Unfortunately Americans are too stupid. US deserve its soldiers killed and the deserve pakis like Aafia and Shehzad bombing their cities and their people. I hope the Americans gets their balls kicked just like they have been trying to do to India via pakis and other terrorists.

  • Bamaguje

    It’s not just Pakistan.
    Saudi Arabia is another such treacherous ally. 14 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis. The Wahabi kingdom funds Jihadist mosques in the U.S. and around the globe that preach hate, and nuture terrorism

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      !5 of the 19.

  • AuroraAronsson

    Pakistan has NEVER been an ally. Just the anti-communist obsession has made it possible to help them against India. Helping a bloody dictator like Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was only possible if no regard for freedom and democracy was really present in our State Department. We helped create an ISLAMIC NUCLEAR POWER just as Obama is helping Iran get nukes, to which Saudi Arabia will follow. IDIOTS. The same idiocy which brings us to be in the Ukrainian issue on the side of muslim Tatars, of people whose flags are the flags of nazi-allies like Stepan Bandera, and nostalgic fascists.

  • USARetired

    Our intelligence community always knew of his location, but because of the sensitive nature of our relationship with Pakistan did nothing for years.

  • 20pizzapies

    Gee Robert ! This is a new revelation ? This is the secret everyone new since atleast 2002 . I mean WHERE did Bin Laden run to , after we sent our troops to Afghanistan ? Who created the Taliban ? Unfortunately we need these double-dealing cut throats until we get out of Afghanistan .

  • Farid

    When one wants to write for pay masters then one forgets to check facts. Chaudhury Nisar is not Foreign Minister of Pakistan. If the writer does not have basic facts correct, how can one accept the contents of his story and the credibility of the writer?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

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  • IronYank

    So you support Pakistan hiding Bin laden from us then?

  • UCSPanther

    Bla Bla Bla Spear-chucker

  • Softly Bob

    Bla Bla Bla complete moron

  • iluvisrael

    I have black Jewish Ethiopian friends you moron

  • IronYank

    ohhhhhh…. A Jew Hater here

  • Softly Bob

    You are filth.

  • Drakken

    I am as well, what are you going to do about it kaffir?

  • BS77

    Take a long walk on a short pier Garvey

  • iluvisrael

    Jealous of Israel? Happy eternal nakba haji

  • Softly Bob

    Can you back up that statement, cretin? Pakistan is evil, the man points out that truth and you call him the enemy of humans on Earth.
    So how does that logic work, imbecile?

  • Drakken

    I can’t wait until us infidels tire of you savages and give you what you so richly deserve, A Crusades on steroids! Deo Volente!