U.S. should never have trusted Pakistan

Feb 16, 2009
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U.S. should never have trusted Pakistan (OneNewsNow.com)

A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor isn't surprised the Pakistani government has reportedly allowed the Communist Chinese to examine the downed top-secret helicopter used in the raid against Osama bin Laden.

London's Financial Times reported earlier this month that the Pakistanis allowed the Chinese to photograph the modified Blackhawk helicopter and take samples of the special skin that allowed it to evade detection during the May 2 raid. Access was granted, despite explicit requests from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) not to do so.

Pakistan was angry about the U.S. mission and considered it a serious violation of sovereignty. Later, the remains of the aircraft's tail section were returned to the U.S.

"I don't know that we ever should have trusted the Pakistanis," says Lt. Col Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), who is now senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC). "The fact is the Chinese are supporters of the Pakistanis; they have Chinese military inside Pakistan."

So he fears the Chinese will gain a great deal from their access to the wreckage.

"The Chinese have always been able to vacuum up much technology, and then ... reverse-engineer anything and everything that they possibly can," the FRC senior fellow explains. "I wouldn't trust them at all. They've taken our MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle) technology. A lot of our nuclear and other technologies have found their way into their inventories and it's being used against us."

Even though the Navy SEALs used thermite grenades to destroy most of the helicopter, Maginnis believes the remaining pieces offered revealing information to the Chinese.

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