Feature

Slashing aid for Pakistan

The Obama administration plans to hold back $800 million of the $2 billion it grants to Pakistan in annual military aid.

Frustrated with Pakistan’s uncooperative behavior, the Obama administration announced it would hold back $800 million of the $2 billion it grants the country in annual military aid. Administration officials said Pakistan has been expelling U.S. Special Forces advisers and arresting Pakistanis who helped the U.S. prepare its raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout in May. They also said Pakistan’s military refuses to purge itself of Taliban collaborators or conduct operations against Afghan rebels in North Waziristan. “Until we get through these difficulties,” said White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley, “we’ll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give.”

Bravo, said Investor’s Business Daily in an editorial. It’s time for Pakistan to “show its cooperation is more than just a façade to milk the U.S. for more cash.” Sure, the Pakistanis have immediately begun “huffing and bluffing,” saying they’ll turn to China instead. But that’s nothing new; they may already be using U.S. aid to buy Chinese nukes. And our generals say the Pakistani government sanctioned the torture and killing of reporter Syed Shahzad after he revealed that Pakistan supports the Taliban in Quetta and the Haqqani group operating out of Pakistan’s tribal region.

But withholding aid could backfire, said Tony Karon in Time​.com. Pakistanis see the Taliban as their proxy in a struggle with archrival India for control of Afghanistan. In their view, Hamid Karzai’s beleaguered government there could end up as a puppet regime of India. Meanwhile, the Pakistani public is furious over U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil. So no one should be surprised “if Pakistan’s response to Washington anteing up is not to fold but rather to double down.”

Exactly, said the Peshawar, Pakistan, Frontier Post. Our “overstretched military cannot afford to pile up more load on its back” by taking on phantom militants in North Waziristan. This American money just replaces what we have to spend ourselves “on the American war.” We should refuse to fight against our own interests and forgo “this mythical U.S. aid.”

Recommended

Russia's failed Ukraine river crossing has pro-Russia war bloggers griping
Failed Russian river crossing
Losing faith

Russia's failed Ukraine river crossing has pro-Russia war bloggers griping

Sweden joins Finland in signaling imminent NATO membership bid
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson
'a new era begins'

Sweden joins Finland in signaling imminent NATO membership bid

Russia has lost a third of its invasion force, U.K. intelligence says
Ukrainian soldiers
heavy losses

Russia has lost a third of its invasion force, U.K. intelligence says

10 things you need to know today: May 15, 2022
Supermarket in Buffalo, New York
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: May 15, 2022

Most Popular

The trouble with running against the 'MAGA King'
Donald Trump.
Samuel Goldman

The trouble with running against the 'MAGA King'

Abortion rights protests kick off planned 'summer of rage'
Abortion rights protest in Washington, D.C.
in the streets

Abortion rights protests kick off planned 'summer of rage'

Texas court: Investigations of parents of trans kids can resume
Texas Governor Greg Abbot
Meanwhile in Texas

Texas court: Investigations of parents of trans kids can resume