More on U.S. efforts to aid Pakistanis displaced by the current military efforts against the Taliban. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced this morning that the Obama administration is sending $100 million for displaced-person assistance through international-aid organizations already on the ground. Clinton explained that the way the aid will work at a White House announcement:
Obviously our military will be delivering a lot of these supplies, but they’ll be handing them off to the Pakistani military and to the relief groups, both international and non-governmental organizations. And we think that’s the appropriate way to proceed.
She specified, “We are not engaged in any military action whatsoever, and we are not engaged in the delivery of any civilian relief. We are there to facilitate the Pakistani military and the international and NGO relief agencies to be able to do that.”
Clinton was quick to contextualize the aid within the administration’s broader framework of an enduring and deep U.S.-Pakistani partnership. “We face a common threat, a common challenge, and now a common task,” she said.