Monday, July 11, 2011

Pakistan and the United States: Worst Friends Forever

The US just announced that they are cutting $800 million of aid to Pakistan.
Since 2001, the US has provided $21bn in civilian and military assistance, including $4.5bn in the 2010-2011 financial year, as aid was increased under the Obama administration. Two proposed bills in Congress over the last week, which were voted down, would have cut off aid to Pakistan altogether.

Pakistan's economy is spiralling downwards, with electricity shortages shutting down industry, and rising food and fuel prices causing protests on the streets. Karachi, the country's economic powerhouse, is often shut down by ethnic gang violence, which has claimed more than 100 lives in the current spate of bloodshed.
Sure, nobody wants to see even the hint of state support for terrorist groups that bomb fellow Muslims in the name of Islam, nobody wants an aggressive, fundamentalist Pakistani state aiming its nuclear weapons at India or elsewhere, and nobody wants to see the Taliban defeat the Pakistani military and establish regional dominance, which is why we've given this kind of military aid before.

But I'd sure like to see a cost-by-cost break down of how the previous aid money was spent.

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