December 22nd, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Deadly Pakistan border incident worsened by lack of trust

By Adam Levine

The investigation into the deadly November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops found that the problems and miscommunications were exacerbated by a lack of trust between the Pakistanis and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon statement regarding the investigation noted that lack of goodwill is undermining a critical element of the Afghanistan war, shutting down the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region to insurgent traffic.

"We must work to improve the level of trust between our two countries.  We cannot operate effectively on the border - or in other parts of our relationship - without addressing the fundamental trust still lacking between us," the statement read.

The lack of trust, which plays out on a much more substantial level between the US and Pakistani governments, has only been exacerbated by the border attack.  While there are signs that the relationship is slowly being revived, including a return of Pakistani officers to liaison headquarters also staffed by ISAF and Afghanistan, Pakistan has yet to open up the border crossings to let NATO send supplies into Afghanistan.

"There never has been trust from the start," said Anthony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  "To talk about trust or friendly relations has been a myth since 2001."

When U.S. special forces swooped into Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, not a single word was said to Pakistan until the mission was complete.  Additionally, ISAF military officials have long accused Pakistan of allowing insurgents to position on the border and fire into Afghanistan.

The November incident highlighted how that mistrust eroded any ability to work together even in coordination centers which were established for the very purpose of Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF to work together.

Miscommunication between U.S. and Pakistani military officials - including the reluctance of Pakistani officials to give exact locations of their forces and NATO officers to do the same– were key factors, the U.S. lead investigator said.

The investigation shows there is a perception that the Pakistanis are "reticent to give all their border locations," Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark said.

"There is confusion caused by this because there is a lack of precision as to where this is occurring, Clark said.  When the Pakistanis were asked where the firing was occurring, the answer back, according to Clark, "well you know where it is because you are shooting at them,' rather than giving a position."

At another point, when the NATO representative in the coordination center was given a specific location, Clark said he was told only to give a general location to the Pakistanis in the headquarters.

"He had been told not to pass the coordinates but to only give a general location.  So on the ISAF side everybody had the exact coordinates, but it was passed to the Pakistani [liason officer] as a general location, which normally might have worked had his machine been configured correctly," Clark said.

Had the NATO liason given his Pakistani counterpart the exact coordinates, it is likely the confusion could have been stopped right then.

However, Clark explained, the NATO officer inputted the coordinates into his own computer and relayed a general description of the area to the Pakistanis. The problem was, the NATO officer did not enter the coordinates correctly and instead told the Pakistanis the NATO troops were firing on a location nine miles north of the actual location. Based on the incorrect information, the Pakistanis responded there were no troops in the area. It would be another hour approximately before that was rectified.

Clark noted this was symptomatic of "an overarching lack of trust between the two sides, as far as giving out specifics."

"A perception from ISAF that the Pakistani are unwilling to give or reticent to give full disclosure on all their border locations, for one," Clark said during the news briefing.  "And two, they are under the impressions that when they have shared specifics, that some of their operations have been compromised. "

Pakistan refused to participate in the NATO/US investigation.  Instead, it conducted its own investigation which concluded that the US attack was a deliberate and continued despite knowledge of Pakistan's military  being present.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey informed his counterpart General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the past day about the investigation conclusion, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.   But the Pakistanis have not been given a full briefing about the results yet. Nor did they seem very receptive of the findings publicized.

“Currently, we don’t care much about these findings, and will see if a proper reaction is necessary once the actual report comes out”, a senior Pakistani government official told CNN on the condition of anonymity.

Pakistan has demanded nothing short of an apology from President Obama. To this point, U.S. officials have expressed regret but not an outright apology. Although the Pentagon statement Thursday outlining the report came close.

"For the loss of life - and for the lack of proper coordination between U.S. and Pakistani forces that contributed to those losses - we express our deepest regret," the statement read. "We further express sincere condolences to the Pakistani people, to the Pakistani government, and most importantly to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who were killed or wounded."

"I just would say that we believe that expressing our deep regret is appropriate," State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said on Thursday. He added the U.S. is prepared to compensate families "in recognition of the loss incurred."

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  1. Kerry

    Bottom line....Pakistan is a terrorist backed country. They are NOT friends to the US, never have been never will be. Don't trust them, nothing good can come of it.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Davehuckleberry

      Well said. Pakistan is playing both sides of the fence and that has become very obvious. Time to quit giving them all of those billions of US dollars.

      January 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  2. Skorpio

    The nature of Islam is NOT to trust any Non-Muslim. Unless Muslims convert to a different religion, the lack of trust will continue forever. MUSLIMS ARE RESPONSIBLE, they are the ones who need to change.

    December 24, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
  3. Mr Raygor

    If you look at the world and take notice that the higher the population of Muslims the more fucked up the country is. Pakikstan, Somalia, Yemen, blah, blah ,blah. Why...? an idiot may ask.. Its a front, its a system in a relgious guise. Beware world lock and load for europe will be the next battleground to save mankind from the assholes..

    December 24, 2011 at 9:46 am | Reply
    • medic101

      Indonesia is the largest Muslim population. I don't hear anything there ? But then again USA doesn't have a presence in that region so that might be the reason. India next door to Pakistan, has a second largest muslim population. Turkey another large muslim population. Countries that have issues are in close contact with USA, I think USA in the common denominator, not Muslims.

      December 24, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • TTCUSM

        Indonesia is more liberal than the Middle East.

        December 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Kerry

        In the Mid 60s Indonesia decided to reinvent themselves for tourist trade. It worked until Muslims stared blowing people up in Bali, since then they economy has suffered, even though the incidents are fewer people remember, they know it's a Muslim majority thus highly suspect. Another incident that hurt the tourist trade there was the busting of a presumed innocent Australian girl of drug trafficking. All my scuba diving friends are now going to the Philippines instead of Indonesia. It's more affordable and for the most part Christian, they speak English and the diving is just as good, plus a lot easier to get around the islands.

        December 25, 2011 at 10:58 am |
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        March 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  4. Awabnavi

    "The U.S. investigation found that its forces acted in self-defense after being fired upon in Afghanistan" - The good old US of A was NEVER the AGGRESSOR. From the time of the DECIMATION, err! I mean the peaceful passing away of the NATIVE AMERICANS to the bombing of LIBYA, the good old US of A ALWAYS acted in SELF-DEFENSE, NEVER, NEVER AGGRESSING. The Korean War, The Vietnamese War, the Philippine War, the Iraq War, etc., etc., were ALL wars of SELF-DEFENSE. Do I hear anybody say anything to the contrary?

    December 24, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
  5. R1

    US is no stupid to kill 24 pak soldiers. Those pak posts must be helping militants in the area. Its hard to trust pak military. Deeds speak!

    December 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  6. Dana

    The Afgan conflict will never fix itself as long as the terrorists have a swinging door policy with Pakistan. The same goes for the Israeli / Palestinian conflict and the swinging door policy the Palestinian terrorists have with Egypt at the Gaza Strip / Egyptian border.

    December 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  7. KRM1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.

    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Your mom goes to college

      Oh my gosh, I havn't laughed this hard in awhile after reading this load of steamy fece!s.

      December 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

      BS! First thing you need to do to modernize is to illegalize Sharia Law ...

      December 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  8. Jesus wears a tuxido t-shirt

    Dirka dirka!!! Team America, F-yeah!

    December 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  9. Clinton

    I'm not sure if it's true or not, but i heard the Pakistani soldiers fired on NATO forces, in my opinion, if that is the case, then i don't know how i'm supposed to be sympathetic about this situation, firing on us like that is the same as walking up to a wild bear in the woods and smacking it in the face... You kind of deserve it. If it's not true and it was a case of mistaken identity, i'm still not sure how i'm supposed to be sympathetic, the only reason we're out there running missions along the border is that elements of Pakistans government and military support terrorist groups within their country... It's not like we're out there running missions because we like to piss off Pakistan. They put us in a position where we HAVE to run missions along the border, because they're letting Taliban freely go back and forth, they waltz into Pak, refit, re-arm, re-group and then come back and attack us... If Pakistan took care of it's border then we wouldn't have to.. and further more, it was this stupid country that let the worst terrorist of our generation live right in it's backyard for years.... we searched high and low for that guy, and he was a mile or so right down the road from a Pakistan military base... ... seriously!? Pakistan should just be happy that we haven't taken harboring our greatest known enemies as an act of war and knocked that government and it's military out... ... the deeper you go down this road though, the more messed up stuff you're going to find... this is why we've always stayed out of the middle east up til the last 20 years... We just need to leave that portion of the world and re-double our efforts to get off of Oil.... Once we move to a system where we don't need Oil we can leave the middle east to wither and die by their own hands... that is what they deserve... force them to re-think their ideologies and realize they need to come up with a reason for the world to even care that they exist beyond some black gooey stuff under the sand.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • First

      They obviously did. We have Afghans as witnesses, they actually reported it. Why would they lie about it? The other end of the issue is this. Pakistan's official version is that Afghans "ordered" NATO to attack them. Which makes far less sense than Pakistan just being duplicitous and doing the two faced thing it does. Don't feel the need to give Pakistan the benefit of the doubt, they've lost that privilege a long time ago.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Ruan

      One wonders how did they kill him and bury him in such a haste and then ifonrm the world. Sudden and too much haste is involved in this news. Some years ago one had heard that Osama was suffering from Kidney disease and was probably dead.Also,if an operation was carried on in Pakistan, surely they must have needed hundreds of soldiers to carry on the operation to catch hold of the man once they found his whereabouts. They entered the country and killed the most wanted man in the world in an area very close to a place where prominent Pakistani officials live and Pakistan did not get a whiff about it. One wonders if Pakistan being cornered and angry is a drama. One just wonders if the entire news is fabricated.

      March 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  10. Shareef`

    The main enemy is not Pakistan or even terrorist using Pakistani soul to attack both inside as well as outside of Pakistan. The REAL ENEMY is mind set and LACK of EDUCATION in Pakistan. All the tribal belt specially Waziristan is considered as the lowest level of economic, social and education compare to rest of the Pakistan. People over there are getting manipulated by corrupt tribal leader or leaders who are using religion as a tool and twisting the religion to achieve there objective. Each time thee is drone attack and innocent person dies it makes it easier for those Corrupt leader to manipulate and recruit sucide bombers even though sucide is forbidden in Islam.

    In my opinion if we sincerely want to resolve isses for ever than we have to deliver "EDUCATION" instead of "BOMB" over there. It might be difficult in the beginning but it would be most cost effective way in the long run.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  11. Kenny

    3 things.
    1. If your talking about more than one terrorist, its terrorists.
    2. If you don't like the U.S., then move. If were so bad, get your shit and get out.
    3. Taking the nukes out of Pakistan should not be the objective. But disarming of at least half of Pakistan's nuclear arm arsenal is a must. But that goes for all countries. "We build bombs because we think our neighbors have them. But how does that make us better than them?"

    December 23, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • medic101

      Kenny some one should get you out of this world.

      December 24, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
  12. Sayan Majumdar

    For several decades United States administration regarded Pakistan as an asset (after all every superpower requires a stooge especially in sensitive geographic locations).

    However time has perhaps come to treat Pakistan as an expendable asset.

    Sayan.

    December 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
  13. SwilliamP

    In 10 years this will seem very unimportant. Our involvement in this part of the world was based upon looking backards, not forwards. The "mission' was doomed from the start by the fact of the culture being too different from ours, and the majority of the people not wanting us there. It's pretty simple when you stop and think about it...

    December 23, 2011 at 8:50 am | Reply
  14. roadwarrior

    god bless america down with pakistan

    December 23, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply
  15. roadwarrior

    hey awabnavi get out of our country you pig i hope the us smartens up and cuts off a all aid to your country your people are all a bunch of lieing pigs and one day will pay

    December 23, 2011 at 7:12 am | Reply
  16. a

    I am really shocked to hear some of my fellow americans say that we should nuke these people. or that we should seize their nukes. are the people that are making these comments aware of what a nuke can do? what a nuclear war would mean for both countries and the world? like it or not we need to come to terms with these people despote the differences we have. ive been watching these wars wage on since i was a child. do you guys really want to thow our soldiers into another one?

    December 23, 2011 at 4:26 am | Reply
  17. Raheel

    Puck Fakistan!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  18. PakistanKaAllahHafiz

    Everyone can just shut up and go about their business. You people have NO idea about the topic. All your info comes from the media. I am not deeming anyone right or wrong nor am I agreeing with either side. All I am saying is you have no idea about the topic so stop saying stupid things. This comment sounds very immature and unfair but quite frankly I am sick and tired of explaining the same things over and over again. So have happy holidays and leave Pakistan alone!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • Not soooo innocent

      I totally agree with you.

      December 23, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Ethan

      Cool, when you take billions of our aid and put our trust on your back, try not to stab us in the back next time. Your country lost all respect from the world.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • medic101

        Etan your war on terror has cost Pakistan Billions, Your 12 Billion over the past 9 years is pocket change. Get out of Pakistan, keep your aid!!!

        December 24, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Sinanim

      Jai_C: thanks. Will porbably need to look at your points more closely when I have the time, but quickly: this sort of touches on a point I've made before, about how a structured, "holistic" review written for a print publication (especially a relatively serious publication like the Literary Review) can be very different from a blog post where I have the freedom to home in on an aspect of a book that I've been struck by (negatively or positively). In this case, my overall impression of the book was favourable (speaking from the perspective of a reader who hasn't read enough on this subject), so I didn't think it would be right to begin the Hindu review with the negative references to Schmidle's analogies.

      March 3, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  19. PakistanKaAllahHafiz

    Ignorance seems to be the norm nowadays...

    December 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  20. keith

    What happens if Pakistan also kills 24 US soldiers. After two weeks of false investigation, they declare it was a mistake. Sorry.

    Both sides will be even then, yes? Love to hear comments from my fellow Americans on that without calling me names, if possible.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • badcafe

      They do that already, except with India. Pakistan complaining about unfair targeting of their people is a lot like the pot calling the kettle black.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  21. Galoot

    The Pakis hid bin Laden for 10 years.

    The Pakis support and export the Pakiban.

    The Pakis spread nuclear weapons technology to known terrorist countries including North Korea, Libya, Iran, etc.

    The Pakis are lying back stabbers.

    Support India and dismantle Pakistan.

    Pakistan is a cancer. It must be cut out.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • AR

      You are an indian. I rest my case.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • medic101

      Galoot, don't you Indians have better things to do with your time. Supporting India doesn't dismantly Pakistan, we can turn Indian in to a sheet of glass (if Attacked).

      December 24, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
  22. Pizzl

    Kind of funny that the author's name is Adam Levine.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  23. ebw

    I suppose that if Pakistan harbored the world's greatest terrorist (Osama bin Laden) for years, that "trust" might be a problem for other nations.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  24. Sudhir

    Only stable govt Pakistan had was that of Z.A. Butto and Zia Ul Huck. So a strong army dictator is better than this psudo democratic set up between the Parliment/Military/Islamic Extreamists. Its time for people of Pakistan to rise and put down all these people and establish a true open and secular democratic society.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      Are you insane you gave the worst two examples of our government! Zia ul Haq had good intentions but power made him blind. Zia ul Haq is the one who screwed up our country!! The two stable governments were Ayub Khan and Musharraf and hopefully in 2013 Imran Khan

      December 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • pooh2

      Sounds good in theory. But democracy requires a strong middle class. If you look at the composition of the Pakistani society what percentage of it is the enlightened middle class? And what percentage is the religious fanatics? These ratios will determine if true democracy will happen or not. Besides, in those countries where there is true democracy (say Switzerland) people have been rehearsing democratic behavior for hundreds of years. Democracy needs both social basis and that most people fully understand what it entails. I hope it will happen for Pakistan, though, do not want to be pessimistic.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • medic101

        So you are trying to say that majority of Pakistanis are fundamentlist ? Are you aware Pakistan has 3 political parties, Kind of like Democarts and Republican, and then a reliious party called Jimate Islami but in Pakistans history they never took Power. Why ? Pakistan a large middle class and they are modrate and well educated.

        December 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • pooh2

      Besides, coming to think about it: if you talk about a "strong dictator" and democracy at the same time, then that's an epic contradiction. If one thing is learned from history, it is that democracy never comes from dictators. If you, who seems more enlightened than others, do not see that, how will the rest of your nation see that? Democracy (which is the most beautiful word to me) can only be achieved by a community whose members respect each others, where human life if kept in great regards, where everyone has equal rights (including women) etc. It is a lot of things to achieve...

      December 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  25. Awabnavi

    Pakistan should trust the lying United States of America? The USA which invaded and occupied Iraq on FAKE EXCUSES. That USA which regularly LIES at first and then slowly admit the truth? Pakistan should trust that the USA would not grab its NUKES? The US is INCHING slowly and slowly towards Pakistan's nukes. BEWARE Pakistan. Kick the US out NOW, IMMEDIATELY.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      If we are so bad, then why do you always come here and go to college and work. Stay out of our country you pig

      December 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  26. Awabnavi

    "what else can we expect from the biggest backstabbers on earth" - What else can we expect from the FORKED TONGUED speaking people. LIES, LIES and MORE LIES

    December 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      This come from someone who harbor the worst terrorist on the earth. Lies is your native language so shut up you pig

      December 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  27. anisha kothawala, karachi, pakistan

    if us army communicated about the operation they did conduct on bin laden, that operation would be big fiasco, and bin laden could live longer,...i know very well, i am from pakistan, this country is a heaven for communist and terrorist.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      OBL aside they killed our innocent soldiers! This is absolutely outrageous. We are fighting their stupid war with our young men and then they kill them!!??? No this is wrong.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
      • Not soooo innocent

        The PakMil aren't so innocent. When I was there fighting, we captured several pakistan citizens who were dressed in, and claimed to be pakistan military... we were 5 km into afghanistan. They were moving in the same direction as the usual "suspects" and carried the same weapons. The only thing that differentiated them from the official Pakistan military was that the official position was oh, about 7 km away from where they were found. Many people want to use the Pakistan Military as an excuse to come in and make trouble. They know it will make the news, so they're ok with dying for the cause. But instead of helping their cause it just causes everyone more frustration. But then, who cares, they're already dead or in jail.

        December 23, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  28. Awabnavi

    So Pakistan should trust the lying USA? That USA which invaded and occupied Iraq on FAKE EXCUSES. That USA which regularly LIES at first and then slowly admit the truth? Pakistan should trust that the USA would not grab its NUKES? The US is INCHING slowly and slowly towards Pakistan's nukes. BEWARE Pakistan. Kick the US out NOW.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • bob

      Spoken like a true citizen of a terrorist country..what else can we expect from the biggest backstabbers on earth

      December 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      This is the country that hosted the terrorist bin laden.. Ok buddy...sure

      December 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Keith

      We have our own nukes trust me. Why will we want your nukes, you idiot, they probably don't work or will just go up and back down to your own country.. feed your people please

      December 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  29. Gottlieb schlittenfahrt

    India will put Pakistan n its place.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • keith

      Dream on................India cant do any thing. Pakistan has already killed 75000 indian soldiers during last 10 years..in Indian occupied Kashmir. Pretty tough turth that is.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • dviper

      HAHAHAHAHA

      December 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • PakistanKaAllahHafiz

      We will fight you till the death. Friendship is preferred but in conflict we are united.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  30. Kyon Smith

    Who here thinks that rather than a lack of trust, everyone is just plain and simple trying to just kill everyone else.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  31. MP

    i dont think tht its a lack of trust!!

    December 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • Just Wondering

      The Taliban were a creation of Pakistani Intelligence to fight the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan but it was mainly funded thru fund's provided by the United State's...... We are literally fighting our self'

      December 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Reply
      • keith

        Taliban were also CIA agents who were tained by CIA to fight Soviet. They were not created by Pakistan.

        December 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  32. shaleefa

    the problem is that even if the Pakistanis know that this was an accident the government cant say so without appearing weak. There are so many Islamists and terrorist sympathizers in the country that they have to make a huge deal over this or risk violent reprisals. These people have nukes!! If Iran gets them it will be soo much worse...

    December 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • keith

      I wonder what will happen if Paksitan also kills 24 American soldiers using 'lack of trust' argument. Both sides will be even right?

      December 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  33. rk from NY

    enough of being in this afpak cesspool...USA should now send seal teams and secure all paki nukes..without them they are nothing..then only world will be a safer place...

    December 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  34. UNTRUSTING

    We know the Pakistani's work with the terrorist and cannot trust them , yet the US government pussy foots around with them. The country is full of terrorist and potential new terrorist. We should not be wasting our time. I say they are all terrorist and we should just use the Neutron bomb and eliminate them all there. The USA is just too weak to get the job done right. Our troops are being put into unnecessary danger because of politics.
    Deal with it or just get out.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • RusTnuts

      Who should we blame more for terrorists. Pakistan for haboring them or usa for creating them? I mean, you are talking about us troops being threatened by them....but your talking about that...when they are in THEIR country!

      December 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • shaleefa

        There have been terrorists and murderers in the name of Islam way before there was a United States of America. Certainly way before we were messing with these folks. Saying that we created Islamic militants is like saying the US created the Crusaders of the 11th-13th centuries as well...

        December 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • RusTnuts

        Well Sha, I guess the usa should just keep doing what they've been doing then. It's worked out so well for them thus far. Wonder what the next 9-11 will be like?

        December 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  35. Pharos

    Why is this story buried?
    This story caused a big uproar with the Pakistani opinion taking a spot in the main stories.
    Now we have an objective investigation and the story is buried.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • tom

      The story is buried? What are you talking about? I don't get it. It was on the main CNN webpage. Are you blind?

      December 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • RusTnuts

      I don't think cnn buried it....they just deleted any comments about it that were contrary to the official story.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Reply

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