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Billions of aid dollars buy U.S. little goodwill in Pakistan

Everyone here remembers the Americans.

They came with their blueprints, their engineering know-how and their money. By the time they left in the early 1970s, they had helped build a world-class dam that kept parts of Pakistan dry this month while vast stretches of the country drowned.

"This dam gives great benefit to the nation, and if not for the Americans it would never have been constructed," said Syed Naimat Shah, a local contractor.

But Shah hasn't seen any new assistance from the Americans in decades, and apparently many Pakistanis haven't, either. The U.S. government has provided about $18 billion in civilian and military aid to Pakistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made this country America's most essential, and vexing, ally. Yet according to a Pew Research Center survey released last month, half of Pakistanis believe the United States gives little to no assistance

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Added: Sep-30-2010 
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  • keep Amoney in America, spend it on our people!!!

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  • Goddamn worthless Pakis. They've taken billions in aid and then aided the Taliban. Who, in turn, go ahead an launch attacks into Afghanistan.

    Then, they fire on US helos crossing the border and returning fire and then complain when the helos shoot back and kill their soldiers.

    What the hell to they think is going to happen?

    They've done nothing to alleviate rural poverty or eliminated feudalism in the countryside.

    Now, they've shut down our supply line to Afghanistan.

    One of these days More..

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    • Comment of user 'Peace-V' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Evidently you can't stop the talibangs but you think you could stop Americas military? Keep deluding yourself. Iraq took a few weeks. Paki maybe a few months.

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  • "Everyone here hates the American government," said Shah, a spirited 71-year-old with a stark white beard and a sharp tongue. "I haven't seen a penny of this U.S. assistance."

    Analysts say there are many reasons: poor coordination with the Pakistani government, a lack of understanding of Pakistan's needs and a reluctance to produce iconic projects, lest they become targets for terrorists."

    So pretty much translated it means that money for aid is filling up someone' More..

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    • Thats no surprise, President "Mr 10 percent" Zardari still has 6.4 billion dollars in his pocket from the Kashmiri earthquake in 2005 that he has failed to distribute. His excuse was that "it was needed elsewhere". While he sits in his presidential palace in luxury, 2 miles down the road lay villages still in tatters that have never seen a penny. I've said it before and I'll say again, I would rather shit in my own hand than donate anything to Pakistan.

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    • Give a man a fish and he`ll ALWAYS be back for more, basic greed will make sure the guys family (and of course himself) is fed first, teach a man to fish and he`ll do it himself and hopefully teach others, but always remember, if the man you are teaching how to fish doesnt have any comprehension of what is ahead of him, whats the point?.

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    • EQUALS, business as usual. Too bad the cave dwellers STILL don't get it......

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  • this is the problem with giving developing and 3rd world countries money. Its like giving an alcoholic money for food, but you know they're just going to spend it on booze.
    Instead of sending them money, we need to just send the resourses (Lumber, Food, Water, educational material, Ect.), that way they cant use it on shit they dont need.

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  • In related news the Pakistani News Tribune just released a new poll showing that only 48% of Pakistanis support homicide bombing of Pakistanis by Pakistanis in Pakistan. This is down from 51% just six months ago. The Prime Minister said this was great news and showed the world "we are making progress."

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  • The obvious way to enable citizens of third world countries and their politicians to fully appreciate western aid is to pull it for a few years.

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  • Maybe someday The United States will fucking learn
    that it's better to just wipe these fuckers off of
    the map early on,then you don't have to fuck with
    them later.Cheers.

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  • They act like The U.S. owes them the money! Doomed to fail is all I can think of.

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    • @hughmac7 yes americans owes us money since its their war in afghansitan brought pakistan to its knees. We are buried under the debt to fight terrorism which resulted from american invasion of afghanistan and now for the first time in history we are using our soldiers to protect the western borders of pakistan. Its your fault and as respected people you have to pay for the damages as well which resulted from your actions.

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  • Pakistan is our enemy, if those motherfuckers did not have nukes we would have kicked their asses, they supply the Taliban and they are pussys since all the northern region is owned by militants

    fuck the pakis

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  • Hey Pakistan

    Go fuck yourself!!!

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  • all aid should be linked to their nuclear arsenal, they should be made to sell their weapons in exchange for any help

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  • Does ANYONE have the UNREDACTED Pakistani Execution Video that was shown/broke on CNN this afternoon? PLEASE if someone has it POST IT. Do a search for "Pakistan Execution Video" on Google and you'll see it at the TOP of the page but as of yet no FULL and UNREDACTED video yet. Shows about 7 blindfolded teenagers being shot with MACHINE GUN FIRE at close range by Pakistani Mil. Almost as incendeary as Koran burning video.

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  • The only good will I care about is from those who are victims of terrorism/islam.

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  • Buying goods while bombing their country isn't really helping.

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    • Comment of user 'Peace-V' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Understand what? Your people are being played by your leadership? Your government plays BOTH sides against it's citizens? Your people hate the west but embrace radical islamo-facist? The majority in your country practices a backward death cult? Your government has been "dragging" it's feet on this issue for DECADES? Your citizens don't appreciate the BILLIONS of dollars pumped into your country? Your government has NO intention nor ever did have any intention of fighting these scum? I More..

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  • You can see the complaint, it falls in line with the Shock Doctrine, contracts going to US teaching companies rather than Pakistanis ones, Democractic schools etc. Using disaster/aid as a business venture...

    However you can bet if they feed it through the Pakistani agencies, the corruption will kick in.

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  • I have one of those chairs too!

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