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Big trouble for Pakistan?

In what seems like a classic nose / face set-up, the Americans are not from legislating to cut off the tap of military aid to Pakistan: "..new US legislation, already endorsed by the House of Representatives, calls for stopping military assistance to Pakistan if Islamabad fails to halt the resurgence of Taliban inside its territory... It asks that for fiscal years 2008 and 2009, US military assistance to Pakistan “may not be provided” unless the president “determines and certifies” that the Pakistan government is taking all actions against Taliban". (Source)

And there's more, including a long overdue pulling out of the rug from underneath 'our friends the Saudis': "The new provisions form part of the Implementation of 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act, 2007, aimed at revamping the US national security and foreign policy apparatus to address challenges post 9/11. Three countries have been singled out in the proposed legislation: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. A congressional aide, who did not want to be identified, told Dawn newspaper that the legislation “shows the general mood in both the chambers, which is not very favourable to Pakistan.”

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Blogger Croydonian said... 4:02 pm

Meanwhile, I'm off shortly and am unlikely to be around until tomorrow.  

Anonymous this guy said... 6:13 pm

Ooh behave.

When you rentrez, you might be amused by "Tobago" in wikipedie.fr.  

Anonymous Voyager said... 7:44 pm

Obviously Britain will step into the breach and provide support for those key marginals around Islamabad and Lahore...  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:39 pm

about time we drew up an accurate list of us and them.

Not sure what we do with the current cabinet though...  

Anonymous verity said... 1:19 am

CU - Plse elaborate.  

Anonymous Voyager said... 7:39 am

Not sure what we do with the current cabinet though...

read up on Colonel Thomas Pride...a feature of our constitutional arrangements long in abeyance but in need of reinvigoration  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 10:19 am

V- I meant in an a when the revolution comes manner...

As for the list. GWB was quite correct in his axis of evil speech. Probably his best effort in intenational policy.

In order to defeat an enemy you need to define what you are fighting. This is the problem with War on Drugs, Terror etc.

Withuot definition there can be no clear aims. We therefore need to define which states and groups we are at war with and then get on with it.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 10:23 am

Pakistan is an absolutely pivotal player in a region vital to Western interests. That much is sure. The only problem is that a substantial percentage of the Pakistani population supports Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.The emergence of a radically Islamicised Pakistan, IMO, is the single, biggest threat to the security of western civilisation (not Iran, which is more or less contained, encircled by US military force and whose own people are increasingly opposed to the current president). India and Pakistan, the two superpowers in South Asia, are engaged in an escalating arms race. Imagine a Taliban style regime running the show in Pakistan, the nuclear dimension and so on....The new US Congress should engage in a bit of a rethink at least as far Pakistan goes -where the alternatives to the current regime are truly awful. The US Congress are right on KSA though...  

Anonymous verity said... 1:46 pm

India has been a saint - a mahatama - an avatar, even in its dealing with Pakistan and their bloody bomb. This is the muslim way. Keep pushing, pushing, pushing. Mr Bush is absolutely correct and has a better grasp of international politics than does anyone at the BBC or, indeed, the British media in general. Pakistan has to be cut back.

I was disappointed that we went over and helped them when they had that earthquake that killed 40,000. We should have been saying, "Thank you, God, instead of sending sniffer dogs over."  

Anonymous verity said... 3:09 pm

If you haven't already done so, may I recommend that you go to melaniephillips.com and read her Diary entry for today. It is about a huge meeting of London lefties, sponsored by Red Ken, and American muslim scholar Daniel Pipes. Read it and cheer.  

Anonymous Voyager said... 4:35 pm

It is 60 years this year since the Westminster Pariament created East and West Pakistan on the sovereign territory of India by the Independence of India Act Sect II  

Anonymous this guy said... 5:00 pm

Mel Phillips? Her research is so poor she cd get a job with BBC Radio Guardian.

Fri 26.1.7  

Anonymous verity said... 5:54 pm

this guy - Do point out her errors in her post, will you?  

Anonymous verity said... 7:47 pm

BTW, strange how their hatred of dogs was suspended when the sniffer dogs came over to rescue them, eh?

The worst part of this story was, the dogs had to go into quarantine when they got back to England.  

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