The Pentagon says it has suspended $300 milllion in military aid to Pakistan for not doing enough to battle terrorists groups inside its borders. The announcement comes ahead of an expected trip to Islamabad by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. military’s top officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In January, the Pentagon suspended nearly $1 billion in aid to Pakistan for what Defense Secretary James Mattis and other top officials said at the time was Islamabad’s failure to take on the Haqqani terrorist network. That network is believed to be holding western hostages, including Kevin King, a U.S. professor from American University in Kabul who was abducted along with an Australian colleague two years ago. King was last seen in a “proof-of-life” video, released last October. At the time of the January announcement, the Pentagon said Pakistan could earn back some of the cash from the U.S. if it did more to stop the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups.
Smart negotiating! And, kudos to the Trump Administration for playing hardball with Islamabad! For far too long, we’ve been sending them BILLIONS of our hard-earned tax dollars almost as if we’ve been bribed…and Pakistan has done nothing to reign in the Haqqani network, as well as Taliban, Al Qaeda and other Islamo-wack terrorists being protected within it’s borders. It’s this dance we’ve been doing with them for over 15 years. And, nothing has changed. Time to have a paradigm shift. And thanks to Trump and Sec. Mike Pompeo, it looks like we finally may be shaking up the relationship a little and putting some over-due pressure on Islamabad to get off their butts and address the elephant in their house. Excellent!! 🙂