According to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pakistan is still supposed to be an ally and a worthwhile nation to work with. Evidently Congress also believes that Pakistan is worth something because they continue to pour billions of dollars into the country.
It doesn’t seem to matter that Pakistan knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden, the most sought after terrorist in the world. They seem to forget about the nasty and harsh protest Pakistan made after the Navy Seal Team 6 went in and took out bin Laden and his compound. They seem to forget that Pakistan continues to harbor al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters and terrorists. They seem to forget that Pakistan made the US agree to not launch any attacks against terrorists in neighboring countries from their soil.
In the past month, Pakistan sentenced a doctor to 33 years in prison from providing information on bin Laden’s location to the US. In retaliation, the US Congress cut the Pakistan aid budget by 33 million dollars, which in reality is less than 1% of the total sum we give them.
In the latest move by our cuddly Pakistani friends, they are trying to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from the US. The main roads used by the US military to get supplies into Afghanistan travel through Pakistan. Up until recently, the US was paying Pakistan $250 for every truck that passed through their county. Pakistan has now closed their borders to US military supply trucks until the US agrees to pay them $5,000 per truck.
In my book, this amounts to extortion or blackmail, you pick which one you prefer. If it were up to me, I would cut every penny from Pakistan and find other means of getting supplies into Afghanistan, perhaps by military cargo planes. If Pakistan wants to play the extortion game, then I say game on and cut them off of all US aid, monetarily and other and see what they do. If nothing else, it will save the US a couple billion dollars that could be better used elsewhere if not put towards the national debt.