December 13, 2011
Congress Blocks 700 Million in Aid to Pakistan.
A Congressional panel has frozen $700 million in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further.We should cut off all aid to Pakistan. Its the best way to protect the lives of our people in Afghanistan. Every dollar we send Pakistan buys a bullet that will be sued to kill our troops. We simply finance a war against ourselves.
Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year.
But it could presage even greater cuts.
Calls are growing in the United States to penalize Islamabad for failing to act against militant groups and, at worst, helping them, after the secret U.S. raid on a Pakistan garrison town in which al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in May.