But you’ve got to give Pakistan credit. It sure is trying!
The United States has been giving Pakistan billions of taxpayers’ dollars – $20.7 billion from 2002 through 2011, according to the Congressional Research Service. We continue to do it. Yet, for much of that time, Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in a nice little encampment that we’re sure the trash folks and cable guy and roof repair crews had occasion to visit.
And now, a year after a heroic Navy SEALs raid that killed the world’s most wanted terrorist and this nation’s prickliest burr, Pakistan has responded by convicting a doctor there of treason for helping us find bin Laden.
Shakil Afridi. who used DNA evidence to help verify bin Laden’s presence, received a whopping 33 years in prison this past week for his cooperation in helping us find and kill bin Laden.
Weren’t those billions of dollars supposed to buy Pakistan’s own cooperation in the effort? Instead, they’re giving a guy who did cooperate an effective life sentence?
If countries could commit treason against each other, wouldn’t that qualify?
The U.S. Senate got mad about all this, and a committee voted to cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million – $1 million for every year of Afridi’s sentence.
While that may be hugely symbolic, it’s a drop in the bucket for a country we’re giving billions to.
Isn’t it time to admit Pakistan is no friend, and to derail the gravy train all together?
Those billions we’ve already given them have no doubt been misspent. Experts tell us so. And Pakistan’s war on terror? It’s a sick joke. They essentially force us to enter their territory to get the terrorists, then they complain when we do.
“If this is cooperation, I’d hate like hell to see opposition,” says Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
If Pakistan is a friend, it’s a treacherous, traitorous one.
We can’t cut them off soon enough.
Maybe the day after Navy SEALs swoop in and rescue Shakil Afridi.