With all the financial brou-ha-ha going on over the last few days, there has been a bit of interesting news from the battlefields in Afghanistan. Apparently, a few Marine officers have noted and reported that Pakistani helicopters are running resupply missions for Taliban fighters inside Afghanistan.
How nice, with friends like the Pakistanis, we sure don’t need any enemies in the Muslim world if this is a true allegation.
Pakistani military forces flew repeated helicopter missions into Afghanistan to resupply the Taliban during a fierce battle in June 2007, according to a Marine lieutenant colonel, who says his information is based on multiple U.S. and Afghan intelligence reports.
The revelation by Lt. Col. Chris Nash, who commanded an embedded training team in eastern Afghanistan from June 2007 to March 2008, adds a new twist to the controversy over a U.S. special operations raid into Pakistan Sept. 3.
The Pakistani’s of course did protest the special forces raid into their "sovereign" territory to chase down some Taliban/Al-Qaeda soldiers, who had been hiding in the mountainous tribal regions of the country. For the length of this war, we have been assured that our good "friends" the Pakistanis were doing all that they could to aid in our "War on Terror" efforts, and we have slavishly been willing to go along with their assertions and sell them arms in the process including some fairly sophisticated weapons systems and aircraft. Wow, what a great idea!!!
The Bush Administration on Tuesday urged a skeptical US Congress to release more than $ 250 million to arm Pakistan with upgraded F-16s fighter jets even as US and Pakistani forces stood eyeball-to-eyeball on the Afghan border in a confrontational posture.
Even a blind man can see that the fundamentalist Islamic forces inside of Pakistan are not likely to be anything close to long-term allies of the US if they come to power, and arming them with F-16s with the capability to deliver nuclear weapons is nothing short of completely stupid if there is a Pakistani version of the Iranian revolution in the next 12 to 24 months in that country.
”Let’s be grown-up about this. Do you think the average Pakistani thinks the symbolism has something to do with fighting terrorism or confronting India?" New York Congressman Gary Ackerman, who called the hearing to specifically question funding for Pakistan’s F-16, asked.
”I think we are trying to build the confidence of an ally that is not so allied with us sometimes.”
Lawmakers also expressed concern about the comments of Pakistan army spokesman who said the military has ordered its forces to open fire if US troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan border. Doubts were also expressed about the efficacy of F-16 fighter jets against terrorist elements that have frequently been described as scattered and living in caves.
So finally someone asks the right question…what good will F-16s do against "terrorists" in caves? We have had all these weapons at our disposal since the original invasion of Afghanistan, when we had the whole world at our side before Beloved Leader pissed away our support, and could easily have used them to catch/kill/dismember the terrorists they were hunting if these weapons worked in that role. But all those systems were designed and built for the defense around the Fulda Gap, not the mountains of Tora Bora.
We have evidence of the Pakistanis running resupply missions, perhaps at the behest of the Al-Qaeda/Taliban friendly ISI (their intelligence service) into Afghanistan, and now the 1600 Crew wants to sell these same people upgraded and liklely state of the art F-16s which could easily affect the balance of power in the region.
Foreign Policy? Really? Where?