Clinton Tells Pakistan What They Need to Hear

Back in May, I wrote about my distrust of Asif Zardari, the President of Pakistan, who at the time was complaining that Americans let Osama bin Laden get away. While I have criticized the Bush administration for their ham-fisted handling of Afghanistan, I found Zardari arrogant, bitter, ungrateful and no friend of the United States.

With that as a backdrop,  I was thrilled to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tell the Pakistanis what’s what this week. Referring to high level Al Qaeda, such as Bin Laden, she said:

“I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to”

via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Has Intense Exchange With Students in Pakistan.

Then in an exchange with Pakistani students, Ms. Clinton added that the government has a choice on whether to be aggressive against terrorists or be apathetic:

“If you want to see your territory shrink, that’s your choice”

When criticized for the terms of money transfers from the US to Pakistan, Clinton told her audience they don’t have to accept our money.

During the campaign I was quite critical of Clinton based on what I felt were some underhanded moves on her part, but I must say I love Secretary of State Hillary ten times more than I loved candidate Hillary. As we send young men and women to die in Afghanistan, it is partly to keep the crazies from getting hold of Pakistani nukes. Pakistan better have some real skin in the game real fast and figure out who their friends are.

I doubt, from what I’ve seen of Zardari that we can trust Pakistan any further than we can throw them. It complicates our mission in Afghanistan greatly and makes the President’s imminent decision about our strategy there the most difficult one he has faced in his first year, and perhaps the most difficult one he will face in his first term.

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11 thoughts on “Clinton Tells Pakistan What They Need to Hear

  1. I caught her comments on NPR this morning on the way to work and I remember thinking, “You go girl!”

    I don’t understand why some things seem to be so hard to figure out. Either Pakistan is inept or in bed with those crazies.

    I also find it hard to understand why it’s so hard to find the Somalia pirate leaders. Just blow up the homes with multiple Hummers.

  2. Detroit Jihad – by Robert Spencer

    Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the imam of Detroit’s Masjid Al-Haqq (Mosque of Truth), was killed Wednesday in a shootout with FBI agents. The agents were trying to arrest him on charges of conspiracy, receipt of stolen goods, firearms offenses and more. Agents also arrested eight mosque members; then Thursday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught Abdullah’s son, Mujahid Carswell. Two other accused jihadists also fled, and have not yet been found.

    According to the indictment, in his mosque in Detroit Luqman Abdullah was preaching “offensive jihad” and the establishment of a Sharia state in North America. This sovereign Isamic state would be ruled by Islamic law – and by the apparent godfather of Abdullah’s movement, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin. Al-Amin is the former Black Panther and convert to Islam who gained fame under the name H. Rap Brown. Al-Amin is now serving a life sentence for murdering two police officers, while his disciples, like Luqman Abdullah, carry on the message he articulated so memorably in the 1960s: “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down.”

    Sounds like more than just a black separatist group.

  3. Of Course… Pelosi’s Bill Will Punish States Who Pass Tort Reform
    Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:03 PM
    Jim Hoft

    It figures. The Pelosi Plan will punish states that limit trial lawyers’ winnings.
    Capital Confidential reported this at Big Government:

    Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.

    Tort reform could save the country $54 billion.
    So it only makes sense that democrats would oppose it.

    More… The death panels are back in the bill, too.

    I really really hate these friggin fascists.

  4. Too funny R
    First where was Hill when the pakistanis were begging NATO and the US to bolster their ops and put the T-Ban in a two front war ? She and Barry were absent. NATO came around on paper but I doubt they’ll come through on the ground.
    Whether we can trust the Pakistanis or not is also kind of laughable. I imagine they’re asking the same question of us. We actually have some history with the Pakistanis including helping to create the Taliban. Let’s see how this plays out in Obamas only term.

  5. Rutherford for a take from the other side I invite you to read …

    Alfie, the Nation piece was interesting and not entirely surprising. I watched a video of Hillary with seven Pakistani journalists, one of whom seemed to be the moderator. It was interesting how he went out of his way to make sure none of his six peers appeared rude …. even telling one of them something to the effect of “OK we get your point, let Secretary Clinton answer.”

    Seemed there was concern not to offend, but what bothers me about it is they might be overly polite to Clinton and then complain once she is out of earshot. Whether or not their complaints have validity, I’d like them voiced to Clinton explicitly so we can work through them. I got this same vibe from Zardari back in May … a lot of thinly veiled anger and resentment.

  6. Thanks to Shoutabyss for visiting the blog. I share your impatience with Pakistan AND the Somali pirates. I’m not a big fan of shoot first, ask questions later, but I lost no sleep when Obama ordered the death sentence of pirates earlier in the year. The pirates are like mosquitoes, a nuisance that needs to be swatted.

  7. On a parallel (at least in my head) that applies to Bush w/Rice is using a female SoS in theM.E.,muslim world really a good idea ? Also wonder if anyone has an opinion on how this gels with the various peace czars etc. Seems to me a poor bit f thinking that shouldn’t find us surprised by attitudes from the other side.

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