It’s Time To STOP the dole…

Pakistan has arrested those who supplied information to the U.S. to help in the killing of bin Laden.  A major who merely wrote down license numbers of cars going in and out of the bin Laden compound was arrested.  I would wager than some operative went to this neighbor and offered him a nice chunk of change to provide this information.  I’d also wager he had no idea he was assisting the U.S.  But the real truth is this is illustrative of how piss poor the true support of Pakistan is in regards to bringing down international terrorists.  The fact is, it should have been an operative of the Pakistani intelligence community who was taking down license numbers.  However, had we asked for that assistance, bil Laden would have been in Tahiti sipping a rum drink from a coconut long before we’d have landed the SEALs on his rooftop.

What exactly have we been getting for our 3 billion a year investment in Pakistan?  It’s sure as hell not cooperation.

It’s time we QUIT, STOPPED, REFRAINED from investing money in foreign countries when we have our own problems at home.  Time for our president to stop saying, in almost the same paragraph, “The U.S. has to stop spending,” then in the next breath, “we’re supporting Libya with a billion…” as if that’s not spending.

Wake up, America.

From the NYT:

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

A casualty of the recent tension between the countries is an ambitious Pentagon program to train Pakistani paramilitary troops to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the northwestern tribal areas.

Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

At a closed briefing last week, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Michael J. Morell, the deputy C.I.A. director, to rate Pakistan’s cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism operations, on a scale of 1 to 10.

“Three,” Mr. Morell replied, according to officials familiar with the exchange.

The fate of the C.I.A. informants arrested in Pakistan is unclear, but American officials said that the C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta, raised the issue when he travelled to Islamabad last week to meet with Pakistani military and intelligence officers.

Some in Washington see the arrests as illustrative of the disconnect between Pakistani and American priorities at a time when they are supposed to be allies in the fight against Al Qaeda — instead of hunting down the support network that allowed Bin Laden to live comfortably for years, the Pakistani authorities are arresting those who assisted in the raid that killed the world’s most wanted man.

The Bin Laden raid and more recent attacks by militants in Pakistan have been blows to the country’s military, a revered institution in the country. Some officials and outside experts said the military is mired in its worst crisis of confidence in decades.

American officials cautioned that Mr. Morell’s comments about Pakistani support was a snapshot of the current relationship, and did not represent the administration’s overall assessment.

“We have a strong relationship with our Pakistani counterparts and work through issues when they arise,” said Marie E. Harf, a C.I.A. spokeswoman. “Director Panetta had productive meetings last week in Islamabad. It’s a crucial partnership, and we will continue to work together in the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups who threaten our country and theirs.”

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