Time to side with India to cut off ISI: US Senator

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  1. JAISWAL

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    Time to side with India to cut off ISI: US Senator

    WASHINGTON: Contending that US relationship with Pakistan had reached a dead end, an American lawmaker has said there was a sense among Congressmen that time had come to "side" with India to "cut off the ISI".

    Senator Mark Kirk said at a discussion forum by prestigious Washington-based think tank, Foreign Policy Initiative, that a US-India tie-up was ISI's "horror story" but time had come for it to evolve.

    "You know, Yogi Bear said when you reach a fork in the road, take it. I think we hit the fork in the road in August and September between the United States and Pakistan. We saw a large truck bomb assembled, lit off next to a US base, 77 US casualties," Kirk said.


    In recent times US' ties with Pakistan, a key ally in the region, have plunged to an all-time low following a series of incidents over the year, including the killing of two people by a CIA contractor, the Abbottabad raid, and finally the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

    "My sense of the Senate and probably the House is we're ready to take that fork in the road. We're ready to side with India, to cut off the ISI," the Illinois Senator said.

    "It appears to me the Pakistani horror story of us siding with India should now evolve. Pakistan has decided we're leaving. Pakistan has decided that they can cripple the civilian government," he said.


    The United States, he said, needs a stable party in the region who has a status quo pro-civilian anti-terror interest, which is India.

    "And in many ways, this is the ISI horror story, but I would say they picked this, and we should now arrange that fate for them," he said in response to a question.

    Kirk urged General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to play what he called "hard ball" with Pakistan.

    "Get in with the Indian Intelligence Service, the Indian Chief of Staff, bring Indian, not just economic but military assistance on line, and build some long relationships so that in the mid-presidential term next time, the 2014 time frame, you have a steady partner with new money coming on the table that can send an important signal to Afghanistan," Kirk said.


    Appearing on the same discussion forum, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, noted that in many cases, actors react more favourably when you are willing to use the stick as a way to get your will done.

    "I think as a nation, we have to begin exploring more of those options. How to be a little more difficult, how to be a little harder, how to hold the Pakistanis a little more accountable," he said.

    Time to side with India to cut off ISI: US Senator - The Economic Times
     
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    One Senator's opinion is not the US congresses opinion nor the Obama Adminstrations opinion
     
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    Screw them. The US just going to use us, the same way they used China to help buffer the problems they were facing with Russia and Vietnam. We spend our blood and tears while they profit.

    We should deal with them directly rather than via a proxy.
     
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    Maybe Jaswal's color blind? :D
     
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    Corrected sir.
     
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    But in the INDIAN perspective this friendship with the Americans should be done by taking RUSSIA into consideration.
     
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    ^^^ russia really???
    u think they care.???:thumb:
     
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    my shout finally reached washington. i have been saying this since i joined dfi that isi should be tamed and destroyed if possible but now only there are news that finally isi is the main target.

    many things to be taken into consideration while seeing this piece of news

    1) taliban finally going to open its diplomatic channel in qatar, isi broking services no longer required.
    2) isi is attacking usa since WoT to show that whos' the boss, this had caused death of many nato and us soldiers.
    3) isi central figure in diplomacy with taliban made usa loss many dollars and weapons which could otherwise be spent on afghan development instead of pakistani politicians.
    4) favoring pakistan instead of India affected growth with India as a reliable partner,
    5) isi killed many afghan peace-committe members who were suspected of siding with India or were simply against the current and future involvement of pakistan in afghanistan.
    6) ideology of isi, they ultimately wanted to undone the gains of WoT by taking back afghanistan to pre 9/11 era.
     
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    So China got the worst bargain?
     
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