It's Time to Cut Aid to Pakistan

May 9, 2011

Washington, May 9, 2011 -     In 1998 Pakistan’s military and intelligence services facilitated the transfer to Communist China of a Taliban recovered unexploded American Tomahawk cruise missile, which we fired in an attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden and members of al-Qeada. The Communist Chinese reversed engineered the missile and dissected its components allowing them to learn its vulnerabilities and defeat its capabilities.

    During last week’s raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama Bin Laden, a specially configured, possibly stealthy, US Special Forces helicopter crashed. Our soldiers attempted to destroy the helicopter on the ground, but given time it components could be recovered and reassembled. Pakistan must immediately return the debris to avoid compromising American secrets. If this is not done now it is probable, given Pakistan’s history, that the debris will find its way into the hands of the Communist Chinese military that is buying, building, and stealing the necessary military technology to challenge the United States.

    After last week’s successful raid to kill Osama Bin Laden it has become clear that the Pakistani leadership concealed, protected, and enabled the al-Qaeda leader for many years. Pakistan did this while also receiving over $18 billion in US aid since 2001. This is only the latest in a long string of events in which Pakistan has shown itself not to be America’s ally. We can no longer afford this foolishness; the time has come for us to stop subsidizing those who actively oppose us.

    Besides protecting Bin Laden, the Pakistani leadership is opposing our efforts to successfully leave Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal has reported how Pakistan’s leadership has lobbied President Karzai to move away from “imperial” America and to embrace Communist China. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, has said that the Pakistani intelligence service has a long relationship with the Haqqani terror group that is right now “killing Americans” in Afghanistan. Pakistani intelligence has also led devastating terrorist attacks in India, including the Mumbai attack and an attack against its Parliament. The Pakistani government has built and proliferated nuclear weapons and technology around the globe in contradiction of American security. Yet, the Pakistan government continues to benefit from huge sums of American cash. They are laughing at us, and it is time to end our foreign aid farce with Pakistan.