No More Bullying Pakistan

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  1. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

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    No More Bullying Pakistan

    It took eight months, but the U.S. has finally apologized for killing 24 Pakistani soldiers in a firefight on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
    With that, the U.S. military is again able to use routes through Pakistan to supply its forces in Afghanistan without paying exorbitant fees. Plus the threat that Pakistan will bar U.S. drone strikes is for now moot.

    However, the main implication of the apology, a triumph of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over both the White House and the Pentagon, is that it ends the experiment of the U.S. trying to bully Pakistan into submission.
    The clash in November between U.S. and Pakistani forces was a mess, with miscommunication on both sides but fatalities on only one. Pakistan, still seething over the U.S. breach of its sovereignty in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, closed U.S. military supply routes to Afghanistan when the U.S. initially refused to apologize. The U.S., in turn, froze $700 million in military assistance and shut down all engagement on economic and development issues. In a further deterioration of ties, the Pakistani Parliament voted to ban all U.S. drone attacks from or on Pakistani territory.
    No Sympathy
    The Pakistanis held firm in their insistence on an apology. Officials at the Pentagon thought the case didn’t merit one. Many had no sympathy for the Pakistanis, whom they regarded as double-dealers for stoking the insurgency in Afghanistan and providing haven to the notorious extremists of the Haqqani Network. The White House feared that an apology would invite Republican criticism. Throughout the crisis, Clinton and her senior staff argued that the U.S. should apologize. She supported re-engaging with Pakistan to protect a critical relationship while also holding Pakistan accountable for fighting the Taliban and other extremists, a point she has raised in each of her conversations with Pakistani leaders.
    Clinton’s recommendations were contrary to the policy the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency put in place in early 2011. Relations had soured when the Pakistanis held CIA operative Raymond Davis after he shot two Pakistanis. Frustrated with Pakistan’s foot-dragging on counterterrorism, the two agencies successfully lobbied for a strategy to reduce high-level contacts with Pakistan, shame Pakistan in the news media, and threaten more military and intelligence operations on Pakistani soil like the bin Laden assassination. It was a policy of direct confrontation on all fronts, aimed at bending Pakistan’s will.
    It failed. Pakistan stood its ground. Far from changing course, Pakistan reduced cooperation with the U.S. and began to apply its own pressure by threatening to end the drone program, one of the Obama administration’s proudest achievements.
    Months of behind-the-scenes wrangling failed to resolve the apology issue. A high-level U.S. visit to Islamabad on the eve of the May 20-21 NATO Summit in Chicago proved a fiasco. Pakistan informed the Americans that after an apology, it would charge a much higher fee to let NATO supplies into Afghanistan. (That has not come to pass.) President Barack Obama refused to meet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at the summit unless the supply routes reopened, but that did not break the impasse.
    Finally, Washington tallied the costs of confrontation with Pakistan. Supplying troops through other routes was costing an additional $100 million a month. Without Pakistani roads, the U.S. military wouldn’t be able to get its heavy equipment out of Afghanistan on time or on budget once it begins to withdraw from the country in earnest. If Pakistan remained off-limits, the U.S. would have to rethink its entire exit strategy from Afghanistan.
    Open Airspace
    What’s more, if Pakistan truly shut down the drone program, it would cripple the administration’s most successful terrorism- fighting tool. Pakistan might also close its airspace to U.S. planes flying between the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Americans were understandably angry that bin Laden was found hiding in a Pakistani city, but few knew that the plane that transported his body from an Afghan base to a U.S. Navy ship for a sea burial had to fly over Pakistani territory.
    The conclusion: Open conflict with Pakistan was not an option. It was time to roll back the pressure.
    The apology is just a first step in repairing ties deeply bruised by the past year’s confrontations. The U.S. should adopt a long-term strategy that would balance U.S. security requirements with Pakistan’s development needs. Managing relations with Pakistan requires a deft policy -- neither the blind coddling of the George W. Bush era nor the blunt pressure of the past year, but a careful balance between pressure and positive engagement. This was Clinton’s strategy from 2009 to 2011, when U.S. security demands were paired with a strategic dialogue that Pakistan coveted. That is still the best strategy for dealing with this prickly ally.
    (Vali Nasr is a Bloomberg View contributor, dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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  3. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

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    LOL funny shyt Drones still bomb your ass, NATO supplies arms to AFG and they kill your solders - in return give you pkias- Blood Money and Apologies (not actual ones as they don't refer to any specific incident)!

    Result: pakis delude their way to think that they are an 'izlamic Supa Powa'! Pow-Wow! ;)
     
  4. satish007

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    Hit you and you cry then give you a candy,will do the same soon
     
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    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

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    ???????

    Enlightened monk.....kindly spread some light on your above statement!
     
  6. sob

    sob Moderator Moderator

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    What is the cost of an apology. It comes cheap. Again their forces will cross the border, some more PA soldiers will die, then another apology.
    This is a game which will continue for some time.
     
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    You better worry about your Xinjiang.Just a week ago you escaped your 9/11.
     
  8. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Pakistan has got nothing from this except what it needed the most, US dollars. Seriously there was no apology. I am waiting for the next drone strike.

    Funny enough the Duffers of Pak and "Sheikh" Imran Khan are yet to say anything.
     
  9. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    The writer is just an Bumbling IDIOT

    Pakis are on the brink of Economic ruin and they badly needed the US cash

    The drones will continue and Pakis have been simply " stared down "

    USA was ready with declaring the Haqqanis as a Terror organisation
    and if that would have happened Pakis would have AUTOMATICALLY been declared a rouge state / terrorist state
     
  10. satish007

    satish007 Senior Member Senior Member

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    you better worry yourself, a Indian muslim women try to srew up chinese and Pakistani relationship which deeper than sea and higher than mountain.you wil be buried ,hit by stone on head until dead.
    No body can help Pakistan,India no,china no,US,no.ajtr,you girls can,donot waste time here,go home teach your sons,like the khan'smom did,let them kind and do not become terrorists anymore.
     
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  11. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Paki economy is in such bad shape that the mere word of " sanctions being imposed "
    will lead to a melt down of the Paki economy

    USA in this stand off with the Pakis
    ONLY WITH HELD the aid that US gives to the Pakis

    WIth just stopping of US aid the paki economy was brought to the brink of disaster
    so the Pakis can IMAGINE the impact of sanctions
     
  13. Bangalorean

    Bangalorean Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    Quite likely you know - there is a lot of "darling darling" going on between her and some male DFI members here. Wait till her husband sees some of it. The penalty for suspected adultery in Sharia is quite awesome, as you have described. That'll teach her to go around propagating Sharia.
     
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    Tolaha Senior Member Senior Member

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    No more bullying Pakistan... only raping! :p
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    hahahhhaha - yes - quite true enough - i agree !
     
  17. sukhish

    sukhish Senior Member Senior Member

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    U.S has set examples as to how to tackle pakistan. first is to rape her and say sorry with some money and pakis will let you do that for the second time.
    basically in order to keep it's enimity with india, pakistan is willing to be raped by U.S again and again. not a bad proposition. it's just that whole world start to see you as a prostitute.
     
  18. angeldude13

    angeldude13 Lestat De Lioncourt Senior Member

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    raping is not bullying :thumb:
     
  19. Blackwater

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    you mean pak is like this

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