The Obama administration pledged more than $100 million in aid last week to Pakistanis fleeing the fighting between the Taliban and the military in the Swat Valley. All told, since 2001, the United States has spent about $12 billion to help Pakistan. Yet last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Pakistan a «mortal threat» to international security.
Washington needs to strike a far better bargain for its billions.
Faced with a Taliban offensive and the threat of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal falling into jihadists’ hands, the United States is proposing to spend an additional $1.5 billion each year until 2013 on civilian aid programs and to increase funding for Pakistan’s security forces.… Seguir leyendo »