Pentagon says Pakistan safe havens place Afghanistan mission at risk
October 28th, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Pentagon says Pakistan safe havens place Afghanistan mission at risk

By Senior National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The Taliban is weakened but the ability of insurgents to hide across the border in Pakistan is the greatest threat to success in Afghanistan, according to the latest Pentagon evaluation of the war, released this week.

"The insurgency's safe havens in Pakistan, as well as the limited capacity of the Afghan government, remain the biggest risks to the process of turning security gains into a durable, stable Afghanistan," according to the "Report on Progress Towards Security and Stability in Afghanistan," a congressionally mandated evaluation of the war's progress that is provided twice a year.

The report comes at a time when American support for the 10-year war is at an all-time low. According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday, only 34% of the public say they support the war in Afghanistan, one point less than the previous low of 35%, with 63% opposed to the conflict.

The report points directly at Pakistani authorities for aiding the strength of insurgents on that side of the border.

"Pakistan's selective counterinsurgency operations, passive acceptance – and in some case, provision – of insurgent safe havens, and unwillingness to interdict materiel such as IED components, continue to undermine security in Afghanistan and threaten ISAF's (International Security Assistance Force) campaign," the report says.

On Thursday, the deputy U.S. military commander in Afghanistan raised one example of how the Pakistani military is complicit in insurgent attacks.

"We have seen indications where fires have originated from positions that were in close proximity to some Pakistan outposts," Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told Pentagon reporters. "You'll see what just appears to us to be a collaboration or was a collaboration or, at a minimum, looking the other way when insurgents conducted rocket or mortar fire in what we believe to be visual sight of their posts."

The report looks back over the six-month period ending September 30 and was delivered to Congress on Thursday afternoon. Eight of these so-called 1230 reports - known for the part of the legislation which requires regular assessment of security and stability - have been issued.

At a Friday afternoon briefing at the Pentagon, officials from the Defense Department and State Department emphasized that the report showed progress, as well as a focus on challenges ahead.

"We are succeeding, the President's strategy is succeeding, the sacrifices of the American troops in Afghanistan are being rewarded, the efforts are being rewarded with success," said a senior defense official, who can't be identified by name under the ground rules of the briefing.

In response to a question about falling public support demonstrated by the CNN poll, officials pointed to what they said were "widespread misperceptions" about the war, with a too-frequent focus on high-profile attacks while ignoring behind-the-scenes success such as improvement in the Afghanistan security forces.

"We want people to be able to draw their own conclusions from the report," the senor defense official said. "Certainly my personal message is that we are having much more success than people realize."

The latest assessment cites sustained progress and improvement in security as well as advances by local forces in seven parts of the country, including the capital, covering 25% of the population.

But by a variety of measurements - including overall violence, public feelings of insecurity and a lack of faith in officials - the report paints a picture of a mission far from complete.

"Although the security situation continues to improve, the Afghan government must continue to make progress toward key governance and development initiatives for security gains to become sustainable," the report says.

The time period covered in the document includes high-profile attacks including the September attacks on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, fresh demonstration of what the report labels as "insurgent determination" to target the capital region.

"Nevertheless, these attacks were operational failures," the report says. "And the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) responded quickly and efficiently, demonstrating their growing capacity and ability to assume security lead in the transitioning areas."

Some of the strongest language is focused on the safe havens in Pakistan, with the report labeling them the insurgency's greatest enabler. They have become more important as American and coalition forces have cleared insurgents' hotbeds inside Afghanistan.

The report says that the successful U.S. raid by Navy SEALS on the Osama bin Laden compound in May, and recent indirect fire by the Pakistan military across the border, have led to a further deterioration of Afghanistan-Pakistan cooperation.

The report notes that major attacks were carried out by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, deemed a terrorist organization by the United States.

"Addressing insurgents emanating from Pakistan is critical to the success of ISAF's campaign and Afghanistan's future," the report says. "ISAF will continue to assist Pakistan in denying Taliban and Haqqani safe haven from which they can plan and conduct attacks."

At the end of September, the United States had almost 98,000 military personnel in Afghanistan, and international partners had 46,400. But the Afghan public continues to worry about their security.

"Since April 2011, overall Afghan perceptions of security worsened slightly," the report says. "This is likely due to the increase in combat operations due to the summer fighting season as well as the Afghan population's perception of decreased freedom of movement due to insurgent-emplaced IEDs, the number one cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan."

The report reminds American taxpayers that even after the U.S. military withdraws by 2015, there will be substantial bills to pay for Afghanistan security forces. So far the United States has provided the largest share of costs for police and other forces, while the international community also has contributed. "Nonetheless, the United States will likely continue to provide the preponderance of funding the ANSF for the foreseeable future," the report said.

Corruption continues to be a central concern, both for the U.S. and Afghanistan residents.

"During the reporting period, the Afghan government made only limited progress in building the human and institutional capacity for sustainable government," according to this latest study. "Despite continued U.S. and coalition support, the Afghan government continues to lack the resolve to address many corruption issues."

And despite insistence by the Afghanistan government that local firms take on jobs now performed by outside security firms, the Defense Department report suggests that it will be impossible to meet a March 2012 timetable because of a variety of training and logistics failures.
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  1. ban the koran

    what the hell is happening to the US. where are your balls? bomb these son of bitches straight back to hell.

    The have lied to you, cheated you, stolen your money, attacked your troops and your embassies....they are killing your children.

    round up all the god damn pakis in america, strap them to a bomb and drop them back on thier beloved homeland

    October 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Frangible

      Bombing nuclear powers, what could possibly go wrong?

      October 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  2. bobcat2u

    What is so hard to understand here. Pakistan is a false ally that plays both sides of the field. They feel they can keep playing us so they collect the money we send them. If you people think for a minute they will turn in their own people, you're totally crazy. They are being paid by the other side too. All they do is show a token effort by offing someone who is no longer valuable to them.

    October 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Reply
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  3. Sensible

    I say, nuke Pakistan....sooner the better...

    October 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • ssi

      why not India?

      October 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      yes nuke pakistan

      October 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • Ras

        Well ,
        We will respond with nukes as well then ...

        October 30, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Pepinium

      Yes but lets use tactical warheads, we don't need to blow up the whole country, just the Waziristan region. Neutron bombs would be dandy since they kill every living thing but the radiation goes away within 48 hours, then all you have to do is go in with a bunch of trucks and pick up the bodies before the stink up the country side.

      October 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • antonio parker

      I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT PAKISTAN IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED, AFTER 9-11-01 I SAID TO MYSELF WERE IS OSMA . ALL THIS TIME IS WERE I SAID HE WAS IN PAKISTAN. WE MUST CUT ALL FINANCIAL FUNDING WITH PAKISTAN. AND START TO GO INSIDE TO GET AL-QUEDA ALSO THE TALIBAN,FURTHER MORE..DISARM ALL WEAPONS.

      October 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  4. Trotsky

    Pakistans support and live terrorism. They hid Osama, are bombing our troops, and use our aid money to plan terror attacks against us. We are not India, who will keep taking all this from Pakistan without showing them who is the boss. Time to bomb Pakistan back to stone ages.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      I doubt killing scores of innocents will do much. What you need to do is keep the Paki gov. in check and work on your economy back in America. Also, we have no need to destroy Pakistan, they can't do anything to us and we're growing past their levels.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • ssi

      It was Pakistan who send Henry A. Kissinger to China on its plan so you guys can make peace with it. China who is giving you guys money in tghis failing economy. Million of people in the world are demonstrating against Capitilism. Its India who is sending terrorist in Pakistan to do suicidal attacks. Pakistan has lost 35000 lives since American started their venture in Afghanistan. Its Pakistan who is giving you guys fuel on the way to Afghanistan. Its Pakistan who is providing you witth support. India's loyalities are where the money is . Pakistan had spent way more money supporting you guys then what ever you guys have paid.

      October 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      ssi are u on drugs ?

      October 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  5. mudbone9

    Nuke the Pak's till they glow! Then we can pull our troops out of Afghanistan.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      Again, it's their government that's your enemy, not the children, men, and women.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      Better still gather all bloodthirsty war-loving American idiots like you in one place, nuke it, and there will be instant world peace

      October 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  6. Krish

    A lot of the comments here target the people of Pakistan. I'm Indian but I don't think this is right. As with any nation, the Paki populace consists of good and bad. The real problem is their government and the ISI. Us Indians have seen the evils of both entities and have prevailed in the past. However, it's best to stay out of Pakistan and allow it to crumble from within. It's my hope that the people of Pakistan elect a government that works for them and not the terrorists. As for us Indians, well we're not doing half bad. As for America, well they're not doing enough to help their economy right now.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • mudbone9

      Part of the problem is that you Indians come over here and take good IT jobs that Americans need. Stay out of our economy and things will get better.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      mudbone- I have nothing against America and I want the US economy to improve. However, the level of arrogance you're exhibiting won't do much. Most of America's IT jobs are intact. Your problem is voluntarily giving your jobs away to the Chinese.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
      • mudbone9

        That is a true statement. You have to admit though that I had a point also. I work in IT and it amazes me how many Indians come over here to work when educated Americans can't get jobs. The politicians have sold out America to line their pockets with corporate money. They have erroded the American tax base to the point of bankrupting this country.

        October 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  7. pistoya

    This is wht we need to nuke them off the map. Lets get some courage here. Nuke them now !!!

    October 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      I'm Indian but come on man... their government is your enemy, not the innocent children, men, and women of Pakistan.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
      • Kevin

        I agree with you completely. The enemy is hardly the civilian trying to make a living for a family. The innocents are always ones caught between the opposing factions of war. Most people want to live their lives in peace... regardless of country.

        October 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Sensible

        On the internet, anybody can become anybody.......

        October 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  8. Reasonable1

    Paying Pakistan does not make them our ally. Pakistanis are guided by Islamic principles - not by righteous principles such as nonviolence or loyalty.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      I'm Hindu and I'm proud. However, do note that not all muslims are bad. There are good ones and bad ones. I have high levels of respect for good people (despite religion, nationality, or race) and I shun the bad. I don't have a problem with your comment. I have a problem with you judging so many people.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • Sensible

        On the internet, Moslems can become anybody....

        October 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Andy

        On the internet Sensibile can be a repetitive pain in the rear end

        October 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  9. txbillmc

    Pakistan is complicit as it can get with terrorism. Bin Laden living 2 miles away from their biggest military base it is unthinkable that Pakistani authorities were clueless! Could you imagine a double walled highly secure compound within 2 miles of Wespoint without any knowledge by our government? Unbelievable Pakistans statements that this was not known to their authorities and yet we continue to give Pakistan Billions of US$ annually. CUT THE SNAKES HEAD OFF before it bites the US again!!!

    October 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  10. Riasat Ali

    Normally, americans hate to dig out micro details by themselves. They blindly trust the media Moguls like CNN, FOX, and other major news outlets. At least, on its face value, these mega news players are mostly outright and professional in national maters inside the american borders. When it comes to international level, the news standard is heavily directed and well instructed. We have seen the practical scenarios of Iraq, and Lybia. When media gorus were painting macho/mascular pictures of these, in reality, paper lions – they were just towing the official policy/propaganda lines. So, the american public is practically out of touch. These people have more than enough in their plates to swallow. Lets view the ground realities in South Asia. The nation of Pakistan is fed, most of the times by its military rulers or should I say its actual rulers – and that too on american dollars – with fake and hollow notion of having might of a mighty monster and guts of a speedy tiger. And potency of being so called "NUCLEAR" state. Its rivelary with India is induced in its people's daily life. Pakistan is nowhere near to India in any aspect of nationhood. India is vast and blessed with, or so to say, secularism. That gives Inida a resounding edge over Pakistan, to comingle with rest of the world. India has played its cards well and is catching greedy eyes of capitalism all around the world. In India, major international money players are being rewarded everyday. In return, India wants a tit for tat status with China. China has used Pakistan's presence on India's borders as India-specific containing factor. We find ourselves in the middle of two mega enemies, India and China, and a bad boy Pakistan. This bad boy is good for nothing but capable of spoiling the whole game plan in Afghanistan. At this point, we as americans, are victims of unreal goals set forth in 2001. We killed the most wanted and death deserving (OBL) person after too many wrongful killings. Sadly enough, these include 10,000 or so american lives. The true target of this whole exercise was never worh of that much bloodshed. A few surgical strikes, at a close range, originating from the surface of Indian Ocean would have been wise enough to do the job of clearing the vacinity from false prophecies. Well, it is too late now. A lot of water has gone under the bridge. What America should do now? We are big and bright. We must not get hurt from rug rates of Pakistan and Afghanistan with or without selfish uniforms. The main culpret has been dealt with. OBL has been killed and his remains are being recycled somewhere deep under roaring oceans. Let us call it a much desired "VICTORY". Pakistan is a regional Player. She should deal with the snakes in its backyard. If these snakes are programed to intimdate India, then so be it. India has better nerves and mature enough to deal with these snakes. We should not bleed to provide India with footprints in Afghanistan. India is smart enough to keep Pakistan under check. Last but not the least point is that ISI will never allow Indian guns to be at its back and front. ISI's crystal clear goal is to not allow Indian boots in its backyard. Why should we bleed in the moutains of Afghanistan growing nothing but opium. Let us bring the whole exercise of fixing the nation of Afghanistan back to "drug contral".

    October 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Chambers2

      ...........yawn...........yawn

      October 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Pepinium

      Riasat, first of all , learn to post in this sites, if you want to write a doctoral dissertation you should at least get credit for it and not subject the rest of us to it. The only way I go with your argument is if we warn the Pakis that, another attack from terrorist groups trained in either Afghanistan or Pakistan will result in us using our most powerful weapons on them, iin other words, bye bye.

      October 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  11. ComSenseWiz

    Afghanistan will prove to be a complete waste of life and treasure. The tribal mentality and/or fanatical religious fiction in a country with extremely low education levels ain't gonna change at anything close to a reasonable cost within anything close to a reasonable amount of time. Having any significant presence there for decades is absurd. It is way past time to hack defense spending which is completely out of hand at over 800 BILLION annually. That is over 3 times more than all non-staunch allies worldwide combined. Our annual military expenditures as a percent of GDP needs to be more in line with other G7 countries which would be about half of what it is now. Now matter how you slice it, we spend way too much no matter what Panetta or anyone affiliated with the DOD may say.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  12. Dell Stator

    It's fine to reward Pakistan for not overtly being a problem. The power structure there would love to be in total control, but, lack the will, and know very well the insane terrorists in these areas would just target each with endless human bombs until they were dead. However, the money should be focused and based on goals. Tribal loyalties can be broken when the tribe is no longer dependent on the tribal leader for food, money, safely. Co – opt that, and the tribes become individuals all out for the most they can get on their own. Our money should go to educating childern in non – religous facilities, assuming they aren't bombed, as they probably will be. So, insist the Pakistani gov't use 1/2 of our money to buy food and goods produced by INDIVIDUALS in tribal areas, through go'vt centers, which if bombed, the tribal members being killed and prevented from getting the best prices for their goods will know who to hate, terrorists. Of course the other 1/2 would need to go to pay offs for the "friendly" go'vt and military. That's how it works there, very above board, unlike here, where corporations and the rich hide behind campaign contributions, special interest groups, etc. to pay off elected officials. If you don't make getting rid of terrorists, or tribal war lords a PLUS for the people in the tribes, then, you'll get no where, which is what is happening.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  13. James Farwell

    The Pentagon criticism of apparent ISI support for the Taliban is well justified. The real problem in securing Pakistan's cooperation is that they perceive Pakistani interests as differing from ours. Pakistanis dislike Hamid Karzai, seen as too close to India. Fear of India is the hot button that excites Pakistani paranoia. That concern helps bind the country to Taliban groups like the Haqqani network. Such support reflects many popular attitudes in Pakistan. We’ve already suspended 42% of our military aid. Cutting more probably wouldn’t help. Suggesting that if Pakistan continues to work against our interests, we’ll be forced to consider a strategic alliance with India containing the Pakistani militarily might. That has to be Pakistan’s nightmare. We need to be willing to act on that threat. If we are, that may well motivate Pakistan to rethink whether supporting the Taliban serves their interests. There is no easy answer and even that strategy can provoke undesirable consequences. Still, it merits strong consideration.
    – James Farwell, author, THE PAKISTAN CAULDRON: CONSPIRACY, ASSASSINATION & INSTABILITY (Potomac Books, 2011: buy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your bookstore).

    October 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Pepinium

      Very good point James, the bottom line is, the Pakis fear India more than they fear us. We need to change that perception.

      October 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  14. Kevin B

    Where is India in all of this? They’ve been putting up with this same terrorist crap from Pakistan for decades. Why don’t they liaise with Afghanistan and just give the Pakistani government an ultimatum? And why isn’t the United States doing everything possible to form that alliance?

    October 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Krish

      Our goal right now is to improve our economy and bring up our poor into the world. Most Indians don't see the point of such war. If the Pakis attack us, we won't back down and we'll fight back. The fact is, they can't do anything to us and they can NEVER defeat us. It's better to remain in peace and better your people than to spend money on a foreign country in my opinion.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Pepinium

        You are sticking your head in the sand Krish, your neighbor is a maniac with nuclear weapons and suicidal tendencies, sooner or later you are going to have to take those nukes away or millions of your compatriots will eventually pay the ultimate price. Sadly, you cannot negotiate of hope for the best when the other party is a hateful religious fanatic who thinks you are a lower form of live.

        October 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  15. UsCitizen

    No more taxpayer money sent to Pakistan. There is high level of corruption in Pakistan and all the money sent so far were misused and right now those money sent seems to working against US troops and fighting terrorism. Either Pakistan capture all those terrorists inside Pakistan or US go find them stop and end to their efforts killing US efforts in Afganistan. Musharaf is making his statements sitting in UK, why is he in UK? the only reason is the fear of his life. Same thing Benazir was in UK making all her statements. These people are highly corrupt and they just say too many lies one after the other. Where was Osama, in Pakistan right? Now also they are saying all these insurgency is not getting grown in Pakistan. That is another lie. All those officials are big lairs. The foreign minister who recently came to US also denied everything, all liars.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  16. RCDC

    The majority of Pakistan population are militant and are capable to be a terrorist because of its belief and practices. There are Pakistan taliban aside from other terorist organiization living in that area and there are Afghanistan taliban and other organization. We should pull our troops, out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and let them (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan) root out its own terrorist.

    October 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  17. akhtar abbas

    usa does not take any lesson from failure of the former ussr in afgan war – leave them alone – keep an eye on them – there are one thousand and one ways to hold them back without putting your boots on their soil – cost less and more effective – no ego – give a nice conclusion to this sad story – god bless america

    October 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      How true......Putan told Bush, going into Afghanistan is geo quicksand

      October 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  18. Bobby

    Sounds like a mission for those daisy cutters. Drop at few on them problem solved !

    October 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      I agree !!!!!!!!!!

      October 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • ComSenseWiz

      Afghanistan will prove to be a complete waste of life and treasure. The tribal mentality and/or fanatical religious fiction in a country with extremely low education levels ain't gonna change at anything close to a reasonable cost within anything close to a reasonable amount of time. Having any significant presence there for decades is absurd. It is way past time to hack defense spending which is completely out of hand at over 800 BILLION annually. That is over 3 times more than all non-staunch allies worldwide combined. Our annual military expenditures as a percent of GDP needs to be more in line with other G7 countries which would be about half of what it is now. Now matter how you slice it, we spend way too much no matter what Panetta or anyone affiliated with the DOD may say.

      October 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  19. JackWagon

    The pentagon is just now finding this out? Most of the rest of the US has known this for years!!! Plus, we're giving pakistan money. Go figure.

    October 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      I think what you are missing is: The USA is led by some of the knock down no holes bared dumbness congressman any government has ever known. No kidding, they are now just waking up to that reality...

      October 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  20. NormanNelson

    We are either in a war or not, we should go home, but if we stay we need to get on with it and move into
    Pakistan with their assistance, if they won't do in the havens, then we should with war type military
    authority. This limited war BS is just that, either do it, and go home and close the border, I ;am sick
    of loose our men and women because we don't want to ruffle feathers. What a waste

    October 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  21. Saro

    Pak has placed an order with China for few billion dollars worth of submarines and military air crafts. (referring to international news) Now this money comes from US in one way or other. Either it is a direct US money that we give it to Pak or they use US money for their local stuff and the money they save from the local budget becoz of our funding now goes to China.
    1) We are sending our tax payer money – already some of it is used to come against us – in terms of that money going to their ISI – and ISI supports hakkani, taliban and other radical group to wage war / attack against us.
    2) Now the same money also used to strengthen Chinese economy by way of buying these war heads.

    So we are sending our tax payer money to Pak, that it uses to turn against us in terms of terrorism and also to weaken us economically. How about this! Wake up yo all

    October 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • pat rakiewicz

      stop giving our money to pakistan please

      October 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • Kashmiri

        Pakistan's Intl debt: 60,000,000,000
        USA's debt: 15,000,000,000,000

        If anything USA should be asking Pak for financial help.

        Fighting terrorism by terrorism = epic fail ... Hilary Clinton with her visit to Pakistan was 100x better then drone attacks when it comes to reducing terrorists.

        October 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • Minuteman CA

        @Kashmiri
        Pakistan's GDP= $161,990,000,000
        USA's GDP= $14,120,000,000,000
        So STFU

        October 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  22. Perfect solution

    I say lets not waste too much time or money, take one nuke and drop it in the middle, end Pakistan immediately.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Ignorant comment. The Chinese have declared already that any attack on Pakistan would be considered a direct attack on mainland China. The Americans are smart enough to realize that nuking Pakistan or any other country would effectively collapse world markets, including the already battered U.S. economy. You nuke Pakistan, and you can expect America to break up into 50 individual bankrupt nations.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • JACK

      you are right

      October 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  23. YUK

    I SAY WE EXTERMINATE THE WHOLE PLANET. DYING OF CANCER OR OLD AGE IS BORING. I'D RATHER DIE IN A BLAZE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE. EVERYBODY DIES FROM PAKISTAN TO PHILLY. WASHINGTON TO RWANDA. GOVERNMENT SUCKS. PEOPLE SUCK. THE TOP 1% DIES FIRST.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • YUK

      P.S. THERE IS NO GOD OR SANTA CLAUSE. TAKE WHATEVER BOOK YOU BELIVE IN AND WIPE YOUR ASS WITH IT.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • shawn

      only the guys who die violent deaths go to heaven.

      October 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  24. Andy

    I thought the Afghan "mission" was to get Bin Laden? Ah well, they just enjoy being there in other people's countries I guess.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Buzz Mann

      $$$$$$$$$$ The Land of Confusion.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Pepinium

      No Andy, the mission was to ensure that no terrorist attacks can ever again be launched from that country against ours, as happened on 9/11. You are conveniently choosing to ignore this fact in order to justify your ostrich (head in the hole) philosophy.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  25. oneSTARman

    We have been at WAR with Pakistan since the Beginning. Afghanistan has been a PROXY for Pakistan since the soviets were there. ISLAMISTS was not a FORCE of TERROR until the PARTITION of Pakistan because Those who live in Pakistan could no longer live with OTHERS in INDIA.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  26. Ayatollah Bear

    Pakistan's duplicity is beginning to get out of hand. Strategic disagreements don't mean we should tolerate open war on our interests. And Pakistan should know we are not India that it can hit repeatedly without retaliation.

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    Check out our ongoing 4-part video primer on Pakistan and the rise of their terrorist threat at http://www.globalbearings.net

    October 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • hez316

      "Beginning" to get out of hand?? That bridge was crossed was long time ago.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
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    • Pepinium

      Pakistan is looking more and more like the ideal site for testing our arsenal of neutron bombs !!

      October 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • JACK

      DO NOT UNDERMINE AMERICA THEY HAVE POWER TO WIPE OUT TERRORIST HAVEN RIGHT PERSON IN WASHINGTON.

      October 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  27. Paul Miller

    It's very hard to understand that the administration accepts the lost of so many lives of American soldiers.
    The Soviets fight for 10 years and lost the war. How USA can win ? This is a waste of time, money and
    lives. You don't have to be a genius to figure that out. Please.....

    October 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  28. andy

    THE LACK OF JUDGEMENT,EDUCATION AND EXPERIANE

    October 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  29. out now

    pakistan will be the first location of a targeted atomic strike since WW2. you know its just a matter of time.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  30. Cheetos81

    The solution is VERY simple.
    1) Disable all Pak nukes
    2) Collaborate with Indian intelligence for a planned strategic attack
    3) Invade Pakistan
    4) Perform Cleanup and merge Pak boundaries back with India.

    This is the only sure way.

    EOM

    October 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • PJ

      What makes you think India want them back? Most of the Indians are happy they are out there.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
      • Cheetos81

        Who wants THEM back ? I already said..perform cleanup. The extra land is much needed and has been an integral part of India before the retard Jinnah and the brits took it away from India.

        October 30, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Srinivas

      Why would India want any piece of Pakistan (Its a liability)? I suggest Israel and Pakistan trade places. Both need better neighbors. UN should pay all relocation costs – better financial deal than EU's bailout of Greece). Without Pakistan around, Afghanistan can prosper. If that happens, India should offer Kashmiris an independent nation status – Peace to All, and a Piece to All. I really believe redrawing the borders this way makes sense.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • ssi

      Old Indian dream. You guys were licking Russia's feet until they fall and now changed your boss. Dog will be dog forever and will not become human by changing their boss.. At least Pakistan does not change their loylaties like india.
      Pakistan helped US several tiimes. Its you Indians and some of your friends who are trying to sabotage this friendship. Pakistan stays or not. India will be dog forever , licking their master's feet.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Cheetos81

        Yes, Pakistan is Loyal and always has been...to the Terrorists. And when did India stop dealing with the Russians ? The only difference is that the Americans AND Russians deal with India. Because we dont have a miserly economy like Pakistan's. While the Pakis sleep with the Chinese and get screwed over from every angle possible, India is prospering. Pakistan's days are numbered now. The terrorists they support are now barking at and biting their own politicians.

        October 30, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  31. SayWhaa

    All this sounds very familiar, who else pegged all blame on Pakistan when they couldn't handle afghanistan for some 10 odd years. Oh yeah the soviets.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
  32. steve harnack

    There can't be that many places in a mountainous region where they can cross the border. Concentrate some troops there.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
  33. Cassandra Chu

    This is what we get when we allow the Israelis and the Yale Israel-firsters to run american foreign policy. Pathetic waste of time, money, lives and energy. We need to take our government back.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Reply
  34. MaryM

    Then take out the safe havens in Pakistan. Dont waste anymore American lives.

    October 29, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
  35. Prettygal

    Why the hell are we giving BILLIONS of dollars of US taxpayer money to Pakistan every year??? Pakistan, which is Terrorism Central, Al-Queda Central, Haqqani Centran, Taliban Central, Etc. Pakistan is the black nexus from which all the evil originates. One N-bomb on ISI headquarters, one N-bomb on Pakisan's militant, lunatic Northwest area.... problem solved.(oh, and smaller bombs on all the madrassas in Pakistan, which are factories churning out thousands of lunatic fanatics every year--who hate the USA, Israel, and India)

    October 29, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • steve harnack

      You're the reason that they hate us.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
      • Skeeter

        and YOU'RE the reason they're able to kill us

        October 29, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Jamie

      You're on the right path. I hope those in the military are reading this blog and take your advice.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  36. Hasai

    Re-target the drones: Instead of hitting Taliban cannon-fodder, hit the ISI.

    October 29, 2011 at 10:38 am | Reply
  37. Josh P

    I wish our government would stop pretending that Pakistan is our ally in the war on terror. Despite what their leaders say, time and time again the nation of Pakistan proves to be an enemy in the fight, and we need to start treating them as such, especially by first cutting all financial aid we send their nation.

    October 29, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply

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