US also responsible for unhealthy civil- military ties in Pak

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    'US also responsible for unhealthy civil-military ties in Pak' - The Times of India
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    WASHINGTON: US shares part of the
    responsibility for Pakistan's "unhealthy" civil-
    military relationship by supporting the country's
    dictators for most of the last century, a top
    American expert has said.
    "Despite our commitment to democracy, we
    have provided little backing to Pakistan's civilian
    leaders over the decades. The US is not wholly
    responsible for Pakistan's unhealthy civil-military
    relationship, but it is not innocent of
    responsibility," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst,
    wrote in a forward to the book 'The Future of
    Pakistan'.
    Brought out by Brookings Institute - a
    Washington-based think-tank, the book is a
    compilation of a series of articles by eminent
    scholars from the US, India and Pakistan,
    including Stephen P Cohen, C Christina Fair, Shuja
    Nawaj, and Kanti Bajpai.
    "For most of the last century the United States
    has been a partner of Pakistan's military dictators,
    enthusiastically embracing all four generals who
    have ruled Pakistan.
    "Presidents from Kennedy to Bush have invited
    them to the White House for state dinners and
    intimate consultations," Riedel wrote in the book
    that hit the stands this month.
    "We have jointly embarked on great clandestine
    projects such as the U2 base in Peshawar in the
    late 1950s; Henry Kissinger's secret trip to Beijing
    from Islamabad in July 1971; the covert war
    against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan that
    helped destroy the USSR in the 1980s; and the
    battle against al-Qaeda in this century. All were
    done with the involvement of Pakistan's military
    dictators," he wrote.
    Riedel said three years ago President Barack
    Obama had called him and asked him to chair an
    urgent interagency review of policy toward
    Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    "He (Obama) said that no issue on his foreign
    policy agenda was more important than the fate
    of Pakistan, which he rightly has described as the
    epicenter of the global terrorist threat today," he
    said in the forward to the book, adding that
    Pakistan is a country of growing, indeed crucial,
    importance to the United States and to the rest of
    the world.
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Obama has these panels to do their work, then ignores their recommendations. It is a habit with him.
     
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    USA never cared about Pakistan's civilian side, only interested in having pro-US dictators in power. Why should US worry about their civilians that is what their government is for?
     
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    Evryone except the extremists are blamed in Pakistan. What a sad state of affairs!
     
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    US looks after its interest.

    It has a long relationship with Pakistan.

    It knows that its civilian govt is merely a charade and so it tries to keep appearance correct by shaking hands with the civil govt publicly but does the serious dialogue with the Military since the Military calls the shots.

    And since both the Military and the Civil Govt are bonded labour of the US since arms and finance that keeps Pakistan afloat comes from the US, the US occasionally gives two swift kick on their posteriors and have them by the short and curly to keep them on the narrow and straight.
     
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    Pakistan has profited nicely in this setup and still yet to deliver on many things.
     

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