President Trump is starting off the New Year with a bang. At around 7 am EST this morning, he fired off a tweet at Pakistan, expressing frustration at their inadequate efforts against terrorism and implying that US foreign aid will be terminated as a result. Pakistan is a nuclear power and this should be very interesting. I think this is the right thing to do… we give billions to a terrorist state and get nothing in return except them killing our soldiers. Enough already. I’m not sure if the tweet means a complete or partial termination, or temporary suspension, of American aid to Pakistan, but any curtailing of aid there would be welcome.
Trump tweeted, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” If President Trump is indeed indicating a complete termination of US foreign aid and it does become official policy, it would be a far more dramatic step than withholding all or part of America’s $255 million in military assistance to Pakistan. That measure is reportedly under consideration by the administration over the past few days after Pakistan refused to allow US interrogators access to a captured terrorist from the hostage-taking Haqqani network.
Who do these asshats think they are dealing with? Obama? Trump is not spineless like his predecessor and he’s certainly not a diplomat. If you protect a murderous terrorist that is killing our troops, well then… prepare for the consequences of your actions. As recently as last August, President Trump said the “next pillar” of his strategy for battling terrorism would involve a “change in our approach to Pakistan.” Well, here it is and they are not going to like it in the least. Trump accused Pakistan of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.” And tell me how that isn’t true. It’s time face this beast down. People will cry that it will cause more terrorism. So be it. You can’t dance your way out of this.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond,” the President said. ”These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide – that no place is beyond the reach of American arms.” Mattis is all in with Trump on this. Speaking of Mattis, he said in regards to Challenge Coins, he does not carry tokens of gratitude to hand out to US troops, saying “I’m saving money for bombs.” That’s a military leader right there. Pakistan should take note.
Over the summer, the Trump administration withheld $50 million in military aid to Pakistan because Islamabad was not doing enough to bring down the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. There were gripes about that too even though it was obvious that Pakistan was refusing to help fight the Taliban and was even actively colluding with them.
The Pakistani military rescued a Canadian-American family held hostage for years by the Haqqanis in October. Concerns have been raised that even this rescue might have been the result of a deal between the Pakistanis and the militant network, which has long been suspected of enjoying special favors and protection from elements of the Pakistani security apparatus. That would not surprise me in the least. The prisoner that Pakistan refused to allow the United States to interview was tied to the kidnapping of this Canadian-American family. No wonder Trump is ticked.
On Thursday, Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor warned the United States against taking “unilateral” military action on its soil and denied his country was not doing enough to fight the Taliban and its allies, promising that the results of Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations would be “seen in subsequent years and months.” We’re done waiting and we are sick of empty, lame promises like this. After making this declaration, Ghafoor implied Pakistan could actually do more, once its concerns about Afghan refugees are addressed. “If there are any facilitators and abetters inside Pakistan that can only be addressed if the 2.7 million Afghan refugees are sent back to Afghanistan,” he said. Go for it. But we’re done waiting on you.
Trump is right… cut them off cold. The year is looking brighter already.
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