Pakistan’s Parliament is debating what it wants from the U. S. to resume full diplomatic relations, including re-opening of NATO’s supply route to Afghanistan. What’s Urdu for chutzpah?
They want us to pay to transport our supplies to Afghanistan. Because, you know, that $20 billion we’ve given them since 9/11 just isn’t enough.
They want us to apologize for a mistaken attack that killed 24 of their soldiers near the Afghan border last November, a mistake that was partly their fault. Where’s their apology for hiding bin Laden all those years?
And the big one, the ain’t-gonna-happen one, is that they want us to end our drone strikes against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Nothing about their ending sanctuary for terrorists. The drone strikes are one of the few smart, successful things we are doing in that part of the world.
Our response to this crap? I think we should go with Richard Armitage’s approach, when he called then-President Musharraf after 9/11 and threatened to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age. (We can’t make that threat against Afghanistan, since they are already in the Stone Age). We can’t be allied with Pakistan when they are providing safe haven and support to our enemies. The friend of our enemy is our enemy too.