Monday, July 11, 2011

White House: US suspending $800M in Pakistan aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the suspension of $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military, his chief of staff said Sunday, as part of what experts say is a tougher line with a critical U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism.

Top aide William Daley described the U.S. relationship with Pakistan as "difficult" and said it must be made "to work over time." But he added that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give" Pakistan.

Well wadda ya know!  Just as I pointed out down the blog several weeks ago, the unraveling of US/Pakistani relations is something the President wanted desperately to distract us from. I mentioned it HERE on this blog.

In that blog entry, I noted:

You see, the real problem is that U.S./Pakistani relations are in free-fall. A quick look at a map should tell you (or anyone) what that means to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. 

You might think this problem just cropped up out of nowhere, but it's been festering for many months.  The President and Sec. of State did a good job of distracting us from this diplomatic crisis.  I wasn't distracted and if you read this blog, you weren't distracted either.



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