The CIA three months ago suspended its long-standing use of an air base in Pakistan as a launch site for armed drones targeting members of al-Qaeda and other militant groups, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS EXAMPLE OF APPEASEMENT.
U.S. personnel and Predator drones remain at the facility, in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, with security provided by the Pakistani military, officials from both countries said. In recent days, Pakistan has publicly declared that it “ended” all U.S. flights from the base in the wake of the secret U.S. commando raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May.
But U.S. and Pakistani officials said the aircraft launches were halted in April, weeks before the bin Laden raid, after a dispute over a CIA contractor who fatally shot two Pakistani citizens in Lahore in January. An American official said the CIA’s decision to suspend the launches was part of a U.S. effort to “pay attention to the sensitivities” of the Pakistanis, who had objected to a claim of diplomatic immunity for the contractor.
Although Pakistan has continued to voice sharp public criticism over the shootings and the bin Laden raid, officials from both countries said the rupture in their intelligence cooperation has slowly begun to heal. Pakistan has reversed its freeze on visas for U.S. intelligence officials, they said, and allowed dozens of CIA personnel to reenter the country.
DID IT MAKE THE PAKIS MORE HELPFUL JUST AFTER THE BIN LADEN RAID?
THEY GOT CLOSER TO CHINA AND HAVE RUN MORE INTERFERENCE ON BEHALF OF THEIR STOOGES IN THE TALIBAN, WHOSE ATTACKS HAVE INCREASED IN BOTH FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY SINCE BIN LADEN WAS ASSASSINATED.
BY REFUSING TO TAKE A TOUGHER STAND WITH PAKISTAN, OBAMA IS EITHER AN AWFUL AND INEPT COMMANDER IN CHIEF, OR IS DELIBERATELY HELPING THE ISI AND TALIBAN.
AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, OBAMA ANNOUNCED WE'RE WITHDRAWING PREMATURELY, AND IN A WAY THAT IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANY STRATEGY PROPOSED BY ANYONE AT THE PENTAGON.
OBAMA IS EITHER DOING HIS BEST TO MAKE SURE WE LOSE, OR HE IS SIMPLY NOT UP TO THE TASK AT HAND - WITH NEITHER THE COURAGE OR RESOLVE TO DO WHAT MUST BE DONE.
EITHER WAY, HE HAS PROVEN HIMSELF UNFIT FOR THE OFFICE.