Pakistan: Iraqi jihad money flowing to AQ, U.S. military aid flowing down the toilet

posted at 3:16 pm on May 20, 2007 by Allahpundit

Perfect. Simply the perfect capper to a perfectly dreadful week of news. While we get squat for the capital-B billion dollars a year we give Musharraf to crack down on Al Qaeda…

The United States is continuing to make large payments of roughly $1 billion a year to Pakistan for what it calls reimbursements to the country’s military for conducting counterterrorism efforts along the border with Afghanistan, even though Pakistan’s president decided eight months ago to slash patrols through the area where Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are most active…

“They send us a bill, and we just pay it,” said a senior military official who has dealt extensively with President Musharraf. “Nobody can really explain what we are getting for this money or even where it’s going.”…

Gen. James L. Jones, the former NATO supreme commander, said that when American or NATO forces saw Taliban fighters crossing the border and radioed nearby Pakistani posts, there sometimes was no answer. “Calls to apprehend or detain or restrict these ongoing movements, as agreed, were sometimes not answered,” General Jones said. “Sometimes radios were turned off.”…

James Dobbins, an analyst at the RAND Corporation and a former senior American envoy to Afghanistan, said soldiers had relayed similar complaints to him. “I’ve heard reports of Pakistani units providing fire support from positions inside Pakistan for Taliban units operating against Afghan Army units inside Afghanistan,” he said.

…Osama gets a regular allowance from his mafia operation in Anbar:

U.S. officials said that Al Qaeda’s command base in Pakistan is increasingly being funded by cash coming out of Iraq, where the terrorist network’s operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the anti-American insurgency as well as kidnappings of wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity…

“Iraq is a big moneymaker for them,” said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official…

“The insurgents have great businesses they run: stealing cars, kidnapping people, protection money,” the counterterrorism official said. The former CIA official said the activity is so extensive that the “ransom-for-profit business in Iraq reminds me of Colombia and Mexico in the 1980s and ’90s.”

Actually, I’m oversimplifying when I say we get jack from Pakistan. What we get is Pakistani forces firing on Afghan soldiers, Pakistani intelligence training and equipping Taliban fighters, and the building of a Pakistani border fence which, according to the Afghans, encroaches on Afghan territory. What we don’t get is help finding Bin Laden, despite a CIA “surge” last year to hunt the bastard down. How could we? The tribal areas belong to AQ now:

As part of a so-called surge in personnel, the CIA deployed as many as 50 clandestine operatives to Pakistan and Afghanistan — a dramatic increase over the number of CIA case officers permanently stationed in those countries. All of the new arrivals were given the primary objective of finding what counterterrorism officials call “HVT1″ and “HVT2.” Those “high value target” designations refer to Bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman Zawahiri…

Nevertheless, U.S. intelligence and military officials said, the surge has yet to produce a single lead on Bin Laden’s or Zawahiri’s location that could be substantiated…

“Everything was undermined by the so-called peace agreement in north Waziristan,” said a senior U.S. intelligence official responsible for overseeing counterterrorism operations. “Of all the things that work against us in the global war on terror, that’s the most damaging development. The one thing Al Qaeda needs to plan an attack is a relatively safe place to operate.”

In fact, notes the Times, it’s the pullback from Waziristan that’s made the Iraq/Pakistan money conduit sustainable in the first place.

Here’s a little Sunday fun for you: go back and read the White House transcript of the press conference from last September in which Musharraf tried to spin the Waziristan treaty as a major victory against the Taliban, with Bush standing there silently right next to him. The relevant passage starts about halfway down (“This treaty is not to deal with the Taliban.”…)


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What we get is Pakistani forces firing on Afghan soldiers, Pakistani intelligence training and equipping Taliban fighters, and the building of a Pakistani border fence which, according to the Afghans, encroaches on Afghan territory.

I think that maybe I just had some kind of stroke.

Watcher on May 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Can anyone explain to me why we try to change these people? Did we try to change Nazism to a more peaceful dogma or did we destroy it?

Tim Burton on May 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

“Everything was undermined by the so-called peace agreement in north Waziristan,” said a senior U.S. intelligence official responsible for overseeing counterterrorism operations.“Of all the things that work against us in the global war on terror, that’s the most damaging development. The one thing Al Qaeda needs to plan an attack is a relatively safe place to operate.”

We need to train 1000 CIA operatives, old fashion style, and send them over. THEN we’ll find something.
Oh wait, we still couldn’t actually ACT on that intel anyway.
DC Pansies , thats why this war is tough. ROI and DC Pansies.

shooter on May 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

I think that maybe I just had some kind of stroke.
Watcher on May 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Ditto. Or we just woke up in some other parallel universe where everything is f….., uh, messed up.

shooter on May 20, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Perhaps this is why AQ allows Musharraf to stay in power. He’s a cash cow.

infidel4life on May 20, 2007 at 4:13 PM

Instead of Bush giving the finger to the citizens of the USA, he should give it to Musharraf

Wade on May 20, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Can anyone explain to me why we try to change these people? Did we try to change Nazism to a more peaceful dogma or did we destroy it?

Tim Burton on May 20, 2007 at 3:32 PM

If only we would sit down and talk to them, they would play nice. Be back soon, I am out of my medical marijuana.

Wade on May 20, 2007 at 4:38 PM

This does not surprise me in the least, it seems to be par-for-the-course when it comes to any of our dealings with any Muslim country, it’s all about the money, it’s not about their people’s well being or future, it’s all about the highest bidder!

They tell us one thing to our face and quite another behind our backs while at the same time we send them billions in aid that ends up being used against us instead of being used to help their own “beloved people” make a better life for themselves, much like all the good Arafat and his cronies did for the Arabs in Palestine!

Then when these upstanding war lords/tyrannical governments, etc. are questioned by their people as to why their lives are so dismal they play the “blame the Great Satan” propaganda game to deflect blame from themselves, all the while getting rich at their people and America’s expense!

Just like the Northern “Alliance” that allowed OBL, Zawahiri, and the Taliban to escape from Tora-Bora when we had them pinned, they made some back room deal and told us they (the Northern Alliance) had negotiated a cease-fire to allow OBL and his gang a chance to surrender when it fact it was just a ploy to allow them time to move into Pakistan…guess OBL and his gang were the highest bidder on that day!

Personally if I were in charge I’d tell Mush he’d better start cooperating or the money dries up, our covert agencies will instigate a coup against him, then we’ll go into his country and take care of the business he’s unwilling to do, especially the business of getting OBL and Zawahiri’s heads on a stake and securing their nukes!

I don’t understand why our government thinks we can trust any Muslim nation, although I really don’t think they do, they’re just putting up with a necessary evil to win the war on terror and keep Pakistan’s nukes out of terrorist hands, however, I think based upon Mush’s actions/inactions it’s time to make clear to him he is no longer an asset and he better decide what side he’s on because our patience is wearing thin!

Liberty or Death on May 20, 2007 at 5:19 PM

Truly, a past week of bend over and take it.

Tru2my2 on May 20, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Its pretty obvious. We have a band of brothers while the Iraqi’s have a band of thieves. We need people with street smarts handling the money in Iraq. Snoop Dog could do a better job! lol Our own money is being used against us. STOP ALL FUNDING TO ANYONE WORLD WIDE! Problem solved Thank You.

sonnyspats1 on May 20, 2007 at 5:35 PM

The civilian administration of the war against terror seems to go from bad to worse. I pity our men and women in uniform, such great warriors, who have to watch not only Democrats talk as if their missions are unimportant, but also to see this administration pee away every advantage gained on the battlefield. There seems to be no crony this administration won’t pay, no matter how incompetent, or corrupt or just plain traitorous.

doufree on May 20, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Hudson: Let’s just bug out and call it even, OK? What are we talking about this for?

Ripley: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand gernades. Oh, and thermonuclear bombs too.

Mojave Mark on May 20, 2007 at 6:08 PM

Listen, I’ve heard for years, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” So on that not STOP GIVING MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES and just take care of it.

= The Cat

MirCat on May 20, 2007 at 7:58 PM

Plus: More good news — Osama’s trail as cold as ice!

LOL – You crack me up AP.

infidel4life on May 20, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Osama’s dead as a doorknob. Has been for years, otherwise we would see his ass on video. No way he stays quiet for this long. He is dead.

Stormy70 on May 20, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Osama’s dead as a doorknob. Has been for years, otherwise we would see his ass on video. No way he stays quiet for this long. He is dead.

Stormy70 on May 20, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Even IF OBL is dead Islamo-fascists and their goal of a world dominated under their Caliphatic strict Sharia law is alive and well, and much closer than the PC lunatic-left wants to admit! Just one example of how close it really is to us, it’s called “Springtime in Islamberg.” Read it, it should send a shiver down your spine and should be (if the left would place survival needs above being PC) a wake up call to all!

The second link is a follow up to Springtime in Islamberg where a blogger (US war veteran Scott Grayban) was threatened for posting the story, Grayban publishes blog.borgnet.us.

These are must reads, especially for those that think there is no war on terror, that we face no threat from Islam, that we’re all just being duped by our government, or whatever other mooonbat guano of the day the nut jobs are slinging today!

Here are the links:

Springtime in Islamberg -
http://www.americancongressfortruth.com/ArchDetails.aspx?id=200

Scott Grayban Threatened –
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/cover051507.htm

Liberty or Death on May 20, 2007 at 11:24 PM

None of this should come as a surprise.

Either we develop the will to fully win at all costs or pull back – anything else is just using our soldiers as pawns in a world-wide chess game that is being played by idiots.

Emmett J. on May 21, 2007 at 4:13 AM

A billion a year to help the terrorists. Unbelievable.

Aylios on May 21, 2007 at 5:30 AM