Anti-Americanism rife in Pak army institution

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  1. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    ‘Anti-Americanism rife in Pak army institution’

    Islamabad: Officers received training biased against the United States at a prestigious Pakistan army institution, according to Wikileaks, underscoring concerns that anti-Americanism in the country's powerful military is growing amid strains with Washington.

    A U.S. diplomatic cable said the former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson found officers at the National Defense University (NDU) were "naive and biased" against the United States, a key ally which gives Pakistan billions of dollars of aid to help fight Islamist militants.:becky:

    Fears the military could be harboring Islamist militant sympathizers have grown since U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden this month in a Pakistani garrison town, where the al Qaeda leader had probably lived for several years.

    Pakistan's military also controls the country's nuclear arms, and a series of attacks against military installations has heightened fears about the safety of these weapons.

    "The elite of this crop of colonels and brigadiers are receiving biased NDU training with no chance to hear alternative views of the U.S.," the Wikileaks cable, which was published in the Dawn newspaper, quoted Patterson as saying.
    "Given the bias of the instructors, we also believe it would be beneficial to initiate an exchange program for instructors."

    Some of the officers believed the CIA was in charge of the U.S. media, the report said.

    Anti-Americanism runs high among much of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population but it has deepened after bin Laden's killing in a secret U.S. raid which many Pakistanis see as breach of their sovereignty.

    Patterson said the United States must target a "lost generation" of military officers who missed training programs in the United States after Washington slapped sanctions against Pakistan in the 1990s for its nuclear program.

    The cables also documented the account of a U.S. army officer, Col. Michael Schleicher, who attended a course at NDU and corroborated the views expressed by Patterson.

    "The senior level instructors had misperception about U.S. policies and culture and infused the lectures with these suspicions, while the students share these misconceptions with their superiors despite having children who attended universities in the U.S. or London," the cables quoted Schleicher as saying.

    Hamayoun Khan, a teacher at NDU, however denied that anti-Americanism was being taught at the university.

    "I haven't seen bias which she has mentioned here," he said.

    Dawn said dozens of cables from U.S. embassies around the world also showed that the United States continued to intensely monitor Pakistan's nuclear and missiles programs.

    In 2008, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Nancy McEldowney, detailed her discussions with Turkish authorities about the U.S. desire to see action taken against suspicious shipments to Pakistan.

    U.S. officials, according to the cable, "urged the GOT (government of Turkey) to contact the governments of Japan and Panama to request the shipment be diverted to another port and returned the shipper."

    Pakistan's nuclear program came under increasing international scrutiny after the 2004 confessions of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atom bomb, about his involvement in sales of nuclear secrets to Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

    The government pardoned Khan but put him under house arrest. A court in 2009 ordered his release.

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    What is the step the US is taking as a responsible nation to curb this , every other day we see such reports coming through but the political establishment in the US moves at its same pace of financial support and more incentives.

    the question is WHY ?
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  5. civfanatic

    civfanatic Retired Moderator

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    Are you saying that NATO is going to launch a conventional invasion of Pakistan?
  6. pmaitra

    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

    Mar 10, 2009
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    ^^ NATO might.

    Right now Pakistan is incapable of inflicting nuclear strikes on USA. However, it does have the potential. PRC could easily use it as a proxy. Imagine PRC, via North Korea, delivering long range missile technology to Pakistan and then some rogue elements in Pakistan getting their hands on the nukes and those missiles. Perhaps some attacks on US facilities that are close by, if not in North America itself. Such a situation will greatly benefit PRC and the US will have little reason to retaliate against PRC because they were not attacked by PRC directly.

    It is very much in the interests of NATO to get inside Pakistan and take their nukes out. Voices have gotten louder after the OBL saga. There was this other thread where we were contemplating whether India should join NATO or not. Ideas floating around are plentiful.

    Anything could happen in the coming decade.

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