Meet the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund

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Friday, April 03, 2009 at 8:51 am

The New York Times has the details of the funding program to support Pakistani troops in counterinsurgency that Gen. David Petraeus and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy unveiled Wednesday:

The new approach, which requires Congressional approval, would give responsibility to the Pentagon and its Central Command for consulting with Pakistan’s military and determining what equipment and training it most needed to fight an Islamist militancy that is gaining momentum in the country’s unruly tribal areas. The fund would also be used to replace equipment the Pakistani Army and the Frontier Corps lost in combat.

The fund will include $500 million for this year and $3 billion over the next five years. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), foreign affairs committee chair in the House, frets that the money that the Obama administration will seek in the final-ever war supplemental (!) for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund continues a pattern of taking foreign military training out of the foreign aid budget and places it with the Pentagon. Sure, but — you know, prioritize here, yeah? This is a COIN capability the Pakistanis need ASAP if the United States isn’t going to invade the Pakistani tribal areas. It took real effort on the part of Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this week just to get the foreign aid budget request fully funded. One foot before the other.

Still, though, there remains an as-yet unanswered question: the aid money that the Bush administration gave to the Pakistani military came primarily in the form of untraceable cash transfers. Yes, really. After the United States signed away the cash, it literally had no oversight into how it got spent. Will the Obama administration break that pattern? It talks a big game on benchmarks but the early signals for their delivery aren’t positive ones.

This post has been updated for clarity.

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sika
Comment posted April 3, 2009 @ 6:24 am

Baitullah Mehsud has become the symbol of terrorism in Pakistan and Pakistan must get him soon to thwart this terror wave. He is the beacon of terrorism in Pakistan and was most probably involved in Benazir’s murder. He is being supported by India in his deadly mission to kill as many Muslims as possible while protecting Al-Qaida with the help of Indian station master based in Jalabad & Kandahar.

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By Sikander Hayat


Tom Burghardt
Comment posted April 3, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

Here we go again. The war-mongers and resource extractors in Washington have found a new “battlespace” to dominate: the “AfPak theatre.” Under the guise of “rooting out extremism,” (which America created and nurtured during the anti-Soviet jihad, and beyond) liberal interventionists–don't you just love that phrase!–are preparing a new product roll-out: the “good war” in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Memo to “liberals”: the imperialist project is doomed to failure. The Pakistani state, aka “Military, Inc.” is a corrupt, venal satrapy that could care less about the terror their on-again, off-again allies, the TTP, LET, LEJ, al-Qaeda and their minions inflict on Pakistani workers and farmers. Isn't this the same pusillanimous gang (Zardari, Inc.) that signed a truce with Mehsud's crime-linked TTP in Swat, that is also impoverishing millions by kowtowing to IMF/World Bank dictates?

$3 billion more? What a joke!


Tom Burghardt
Comment posted April 4, 2009 @ 12:03 am

Here we go again. The war-mongers and resource extractors in Washington have found a new “battlespace” to dominate: the “AfPak theatre.” Under the guise of “rooting out extremism,” (which America created and nurtured during the anti-Soviet jihad, and beyond) liberal interventionists–don't you just love that phrase!–are preparing a new product roll-out: the “good war” in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Memo to “liberals”: the imperialist project is doomed to failure. The Pakistani state, aka “Military, Inc.” is a corrupt, venal satrapy that could care less about the terror their on-again, off-again allies, the TTP, LET, LEJ, al-Qaeda and their minions inflict on Pakistani workers and farmers. Isn't this the same pusillanimous gang (Zardari, Inc.) that signed a truce with Mehsud's crime-linked TTP in Swat, that is also impoverishing millions by kowtowing to IMF/World Bank dictates?

$3 billion more? What a joke!


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