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Rep. Allen West: Pakistan Playing the U.S. Like A “Bad Fiddle”
**** Republican Congressman and retired Army veteran Allen West (R-Fla.) said the United States has continued to pursue a relationship with Pakistan while getting played like a “bad fiddle.”

“We don’t need Pakistan to be successful but as long as you continue to let them believe that you need them, they’re going to play you like a bad fiddle and that’s exactly what’s appening,” said West at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.
“I was one of the first guys who came out and said that we do need to cut off this funding to Pakistan. Look, I spent two and a half years in Kandahar and any time we put pressure on the Taliban, they went to Pakistan. Now there’s a reason why all of a sudden these groups are finding sanctuary there. They feel that they’re not going to be bothered too much.”

West added, “In that part of the word, it’s very simple. People understand one thing – strength. They don’t understand compromise. They don’t understand negotiations. They definitely don’t respect appeasement.”


Other members of Congress like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have said that now is not the time to cut off foreign aid to Pakistan.

“We need a good relationship with Pakistan. I hope we can have that good relationship with Pakistan. But this isn’t the time to start flexing our muscles,” Reid said.

McConnell said he does not think “disengaging from Pakistan, a nuclear power, in America is of best interest.”U.S. and Pakistan’s relationship was thrust back into the spotlight after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Al Qaeda terrorist leader and 9/11 attack mastermind Osama bin Laden in a raid of his compound in Abbottabad,

Pakistan where he reportedly had been hiding for years.




Turning point in US wars abroad
June 2011

By Krasimir Uzunov, FOCUS News Agency
Some 883 days after his inauguration speech US President Barack Obama made his 6th TV address to the nation, which attracted the attention of
the entire world. The parallel drawn between these two speeches, no matter how much the
world has changed over the last two years and a half, is more than categorical, which makes the president’s June address the most important
in the first half of his term in office. Especially when it comes to the security. The TV address of the US president was much awaited mainly because the announcement of the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan.

On January 20, 2009 US President Barack Obama said that the US would not choose between the security and its ideals. Now Obama continued his statement saying that ‘now is the time to focus on nation building here at home’.

In fact, this means that the US is about to put an end to the longest war in its history, because the US soldiers have been fighting in Afghanistan for ten years now.
In his TV address Obama announced the beginning of the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan, saying that by the fall of 2013 33,000 US soldiers will return home - 10,000 – by the end of this year, and other 23,000 by the fall of 2013.

Thus, Barack Obama’s statement became a historical turning point in the US policy and participation in military actions in different regions in the world. Obama explained that over the last 10 years the US has spent USD 1 billion on wars.

Thus, the zeal for focusing on nation building here at home sounds really serious. In other words, focusing on the home affairs and solving the economic issues faced by the US in the time after the bog economic crisis and the recovery of its economy.

The US president explained that after the withdrawal of the first part of the US contingent in Afghanistan, the withdrawal will proceed at more moderate pace, as the end-goal is for the local authorities there to become
Capable of guaranteeing the security of the country.
The TV address of the president should be connected to three other events, which are crucial for the US security policy.

The first one is the talks for the future of Afghanistan with the rest of the political powers, including the Taliban. According US State Secretary Hilary Clinton, the talks with the Taliban are unpleasant but needed so as to secure stability and security in the country. The true and stable peace in Afghanistan could not be achieved without reconciling the different elements of the society. This means that Obama’s readiness to withdraw the US troops at a moderate pace, which will be determined by the pace of the peacekeeping talks with the different political steams, and especially by the talks with the Taliban.
The second event, which should be connected to the Obama speech, is the voting at the Senate on the nomination of CIA Director Leon Panetta to succeed Robert Gates as defence secretary on July 1. Despite that he would become the oldest defence secretary (as he turns 73 on June 28),
there is hardly a clearer connection with the turning point in the US policy in the wars abroad and especially the one in Afghanistan than the appointment of Panetta on this post.

Whether the talks with the Taliban have been started now or have started before through the mediation of Germany, as Spiegel says, will be proved eventually, but it is hardly likely that the planned withdrawal of the US troops and the peacekeeping negotiations have been done without the participation of the CIA. In other words, the planned cut and the following
withdrawal of the US troops has been worked out as a plan and then action by the person, who will be assigned the task of doing it.

The third event, is rather a personnel charge, is the nomination of General David Petraeus for the post of CIA Director. Obviously, the man who used to command the forces in Afghanistan will be assigned the talks of securing the specific logistics for the planned withdrawal of the troops from Afghanistan.

Looked this way, the TV address of the US president and the announcement of the beginning of the end of the 10-year war in Afghanistan cannot be regarded as an end in itself and as a future success at the president elections in the US. It is definitely a planned, prepared and timely action, the final stage of which is the TV address itself. This is proved by the proposal made by Gates before the address – that the matter in point probably concerns 3,000 – 5,000 people.

Of course, all this should be in line with the conventionality of the peacekeeping process in Afghanistan, which is often unpredictable and

Despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s readiness to welcome the decision of his US counterpart.

Let’s recall an event that took place some months ago, when Washington and Moscow announced the results of a joint operation of their anti-drug agencies on the territory of Afghanistan and the destruction of thousands
of tons of drugs. Both Russia and the US thanked the Afghan services and interior ministry for the cooperation. A couple of days later, however, Karzai said that he would not allow operations of Russian and US commandoes and anti-drug agents without his country’s permission.

In other words, nothing is as simple as it looks like in Afghanistan/The pace of the negotiations with the Taliban and the need to involve them into the peacekeeping process does not guarantee that after the withdrawal of the US troops there would not be a repeat of the situation after the withdrawal of the Russian soldiers in 1989, when on February 15 General Gromov was the last one to withdraw through the bridge over the Amu Darya River.

It is very likely that after the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan the country would stay torn up by the political and tribal feud and continue being a centre generating conflicts, tension and a feeder of the world drug market.

So far, however, Obama’s TV address is still considered a historical turning point.



Taliban suicide bombers attack top Kabul hotel
29 June 2011



'''The International Politics of Intelligence Sharing'''

BY James Igoe Walsh

"An impressive volume for its reliance on interviews conducted in Pakistan and elsewhere with officials, journalists, and, on occasion, some of the participants in the jihad. All of this brings a level of freshness to this work
that is often absent." — Šumit Ganguly, University of Indiana, author of India, Pakistan, and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia"This is the first work of social science research on Lashkar-e-Taiba,
revealing its diverse activities, from jihad to social welfare, and its closeness to Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). A vivid and detailed account of a major Islamist actor." — Christophe Jaffrelot, Critique Internationale
"Storming the World Stage is the definitive account of one the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world. Stephen Tankel's research in Pakistan is prodigious and his analytical judgements are well-calibrated. Highly recommended." — Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda
"An important and insightful book about the world’s most dangerous terrorists, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and their complex ties to al-Qaeda and
Pakistan’s intelligence service. A must read for understanding today’s global jihad." — Bruce Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, author of Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad
"Lashkar-e-Taiba is perhaps the most important terrorist group of global reach after al-Qaeda, yet it is, unfortunately, less understood. Stephen Tankel’s book now eliminates all excuses for ignorance. Vividly taking the
reader into Lashkar’s milieu, describing its organization and activities, and exposing its worldview, Tankel shows how continued apathy toward Lashkar-e-Taiba is dangerous not only for South Asia but also the West.

Storming the World Stage is an urgent wake-up call about a group that will neither fade away quietly nor be ignored." — Ashley J. Tellis, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Related Subjects

* Security Studies
* South Asian Studies

About the Author

Stephen Tankel is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, the
evolution of armed groups and militancy in South Asia. Tankel has researched conflicts on the ground in Pakistan, India, Algeria, Lebanon, and the Balkans. He lives in Washington, DC


IE/ The US is closing up shop, and will be inteligence sharing with the aiders, and abettors to THE SINGLE MOST DANGEROUS TERROR GROUP ON EARTH.... Lashkar e Taiba....... because the President wants to secure votes in the run up to the election campaign... against ALLIED, HOME MILITARY CONDEMNATION, & CONCERN, PROMISED DESTRUCTION OF THE POPPY FIELDS HAS NOW BEEN 'POSTPONED' & THE FACT THE LITTLE SHIT ON THE TAKE WHO PRESIDES OVER AAFGHANISTAN
This truly is serious shit, guys! 530+ TARGETS WITH ONLY 20 IN INDIA? LOTS IN THE US ALREADY.... AND HE WANTS TO SIT BACK??????


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