Tuesday, December 13, 2011

$700 million in aid to Pakistan frozen by Congress


(Reuters) - A U.S. Congressional panel has frozen $700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further.


The relationship between Pakistan and the US just gets worse and worse. Eleven years in Afghanistan has turned each nation against the other. Both nations are working at cross purposes to each other. Strategically the US does not want what Pakistan wants. Pakistan wants a weak Afghanistan that can be used as a cat's paw against India. The US would rather have a stronger central government as a check against Iran.

The US has also been treating Pakistan's sovereignty like a door mat, occasionally blowing up the odd Pakistani military outpost, and more than occasionally blowing up the innocent wedding party. Pakistan has responded by cutting off the Khyber Pass, and putting a big kink in the critical logistical links to our efforts in Afghanistan. 

I wonder if both parties are headed to a rather nasty divorce. Both nations are doing things that irk and irritate the other party in ways that is not good for the long term relationship between the nation. Both parties are burning bridges faster than they can build them.
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