first published on January 5, 2018 by Will
In a long overdue move, the US is, at least temporarily, cutting security assistance to Pakistan.
President Donald Trump is making good on his promise put pressure on regional players in the fight against anti coalition forces in Afghanistan. Trump has repeatedly called out Pakistan for their insolence, stating that Pakistan is a “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror… we have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.”
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The media is freaking out, claiming the move will only push Pakistan further under the influence of China. Pakistan’s relationship with China has grown over the years, and they are currently collaborating in the defense industry, developing fighter aircraft as well as boats and submarines.
It’s also likely that Pakistan will attempt a retribution punishment against the US by shutting down Ground Lines Of Communication (GLOC), as they have done in the past. GLOC are the logistical operations and routes in Pakistan that the US uses to resupply troops in Afghanistan. During the span of November 2011 through July 2012, Pakistan shut down the GLOC routes after a US strikes killed two dozen Pakistani troops. The shutdown of GLOC greatly increased the cost of logistics operations for the US from $17 million a month to over $100 million a month. However, that was still when US conventional troops were amassed within Afghanistan, so it is unclear how much a possible GLOC shutdown would effect the current asymmetrical skeleton force currently operating in theater.
If those are the worst drawbacks to halting security assistance to Pakistan that the media can come up with, then this is a winning decision. Pakistan supports our enemies, plain and simple.
They allow the Afghan Taliban to freely cross the border to attack Coalition forces, and then return unhindered to seek refuge. They have, over the years, “arrested” top leadership of the super-Taliban Haqqanni Network group to only release them a short time later, likely with new tactical guidance from Pakistan’s Interservice Intelligence (ISI), their version of the CIA.
We watched as it was confirmed that the World’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Abbottabad, where the Pakistan government had been keeping him safely under house arrest since 2006. The US had to literally fly under the radar of the Pakistani military and execute the raid that killed him without the knowledge of the Pakistani government… because they were protecting him.
In 2008, the Pakistani ISI coordinated the “Mumbai Massacre” in which their proxy force, Lashkar-e-Taiba (an internationally designated terrorist organization), carried out an attack in India killing 160 mostly unarmed civilians. Only two months ago, Pakistan released, Hafiz Saeed, the LeT mastermind of that attack back onto the street, free of all charges and crimes. Hafiz Saeed has since been seen making celebrity-like appearances around the country, and has been holding council with Palestinian leadership, like some sort of respected politician rather than a terrorist on the run.
Speaking from personal experience, I spent 15 months in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, literally a stone’s-throw from the Pakistan border. On multiple occasions, Pakistan border checkpoints would be flying the Taliban flag. In another instance, my unit was getting mortared on FOB Tillman’s OP4. The enemy rounds were originating from inside Pakistan and our observers could see them firing. My mortar team fired back almost immediately with great accuracy. We had a direct phone line to the nearby Pakistan military base, and we got a frantic call. The officer was irate that we were killing his troops.
Why would our allies be attacking us? Because they are not our allies. Pakistan is nothing more than just another Muslim sewer that promotes lunatic Islamist ideals. Unfortunately, they are nuclear capable. Think about that… an Islamic theocracy with nukes.
For the better part of two decades, the US, under Bush and Obama, has been kissing Pakistani ass in hopes that they will help in the fight against Islamist radicals. We have pumped over $30 billion dollars into their government to fight against terrorism, and they have used that money to support the groups that fight against us. We are literally paying people to fight us.
Hopefully, this halt of security assistance is permanent, rather than a pressure ploy. The seizing of funds to Pakistan may, in itself, be the key to winning the war in Afghanistan. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Taliban to effectively fight if Pakistan is no longer supporting them with our money.