Mark Hosenball

Once Again, US Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against Pakistan

The pattern by now is all too familiar.  Once again, the US is ratcheting up its rhetoric against Pakistan.  Earlier instances included the “crisis” when the US killed three Pakistani soldiers and Pakistan responded by closing strategic border crossings.  This was followed by the Raymond Davis fiasco. Then came exchanges of bluster over the US unilateral action that took out Osama bin Laden.  Now, the target of US ire is the cozy relationship between the Haqqani network and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI.

Reporting for Reuters, Mark Hosenball and Susan Cornwell tell us this morning that some in the US intelligence community are now assigning a direct role for ISI in the Haqqani network attack on the US embassy in Kabul:

Some U.S. intelligence reporting alleges that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) specifically directed, or urged, the Haqqani network to carry out an attack last week on the U.S. Embassy and a NATO headquarters in Kabul, according to two U.S. officials and a source familiar with recent U.S.-Pakistan official contacts.

The article informs us that the Senate Appropriations Committee has added to the pressure on Pakistan:

The Senate committee approved $1 billion in aid to support counter-insurgency operations by Pakistan’s military, but voted to make this and any economic aid conditional on Islamabad cooperating with Washington against militant groups including the Haqqanis.

A series of high-level meetings between US and Pakistani officials also has taken place over the last week to hammer home these allegations against Pakistan, despite this warning in the Reuters article:

However, U.S. officials cautioned that the information that Pakistan’s spy agency was encouraging the militants was uncorroborated.

A series of articles on the website for Pakistan’s Dawn news agency provides some perspective on the coverage of the issue in Pakistan.  One article provides a forum for Interior Minister Rehman Malik after his meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller yesterday: Continue reading

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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr From that you're suggesting US should still be an occupying power imprisoning every single person who ever opposed occupation?
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr And I did not say "they're mad at US." You do realize al-Baghdadi was in US prison in Iraq?
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr Oh wait. You're the one ignoring all those casualties.
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr You mean the 200,000 killed in Syria? The hundreds of thousands the US caused to be killed in Iraq?
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr I DON'T however advocate doing things that will empower them, as our policy in Syria and Libya already has.
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr LOL. If I write a piece abt how loathsome both sides are, comparing to CIvil War, what IS the logical conclusion?
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emptywheel @UrbanAchievr It does? Oh, wait. It doesn't. That's just you misreading again.
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