Just lovely. Our "friends" the Pakistanis, the best allies money can rent, have apparently continued hedging their bets as far as who will be their sugar daddy. With the planeloads of loot we have been supplying them, which they tranship almost immediately to Dubai, in jeopardy they have continued to play footsie with the Chinese.
"The US now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI, gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter in Abbottabad," said one person in intelligence circles, referring to the Pakistani spy agency. The Chinese engineers were allowed to survey the wreckage and take photographs of it, as well as take samples of the special "stealth" skin that allowed the American team to enter Pakistan undetected by radar, he said.
If you thought the people taking the most advantage of the bin Laden raid to advance themselves all worked at the White House, think again. Amidst the faux outrage that we violated the physical sovereignty of a nation that hosts more jihadists than anywhere on Earth, is a calculated bit of extortion writ large. The Pakistanis have been shaking us down for years, but since the gravy train from DC is likely to be shut down in favor of high speed rail to nowhere, they are holding a bidding war for BFFs.The Chinese have been playing expansionist politics all over their hemisphere and Pakistan is a great place to tweak our noses.
We have spent untold billions to gain Pakistani support for the efforts to shut down safe havens on their border w/ Afghanistan.The problem all along has been they are the founding funders of and continued supporters of the same groups we pay them to "fight". Now of course they have some interest in keeping the jihadi elements marginalized, but most of their "help" involves telling us where to find the ones who are out of favor with them. Then we send those guys some Hellfire and everyone pats each other on the back.
Granted this involves the deaths of some evil bastards, but in the long war it is sound and fury signifying nothing. We never set out with a strategy to change the dynamic in the region. Consequently we have played whack-a-weasel and deployed combat forces to fight a one year war ten times, rather than acknowledge that it was a struggle of a decade (at the minimum). Now our efforts, and yes successes, over the past year and a half are set to be undone by the exigent priority of our Commander Campaigner in Chief's, himself.
Our allies are giving our enemies/bankers a battlefield tour of the pieces of our military technology they have not yet been able to steal. The Biden Magic Ninja plan has shown it's horrifically fatal flaw and the nation can't even barely remember we have men and women fighting and dying every day. The sad thing is that people I trust have told me we have made tremendous progress against the Taliban on the ground, but that is not where this war will be won or lost. The solons of Washington are now busy protecting their slots at the government trough and the only question seems to be whose pet projects get the primest cuts when the Pentagon cash cow goes to the slaughter.
If I sound bitter and disgusted, you have a keen perception. It is sickening to watch clowns with a strategic vision as long as the next 24 hour news cycle use our use our military for political gain and destroy our national security out of short-sighted inability to control their own power-hungry gluttony. So poxes on all of their houses. I trust none of them to make choices for the public good. Their greater society is burning and they argue over tips for the fiddler.
I wish we had the will or wisdom to try and win in the Hindu Kush, but I fear we don't. Secretary of Defense Panetta made a speech using the word victory while he was at SOCOM last week. Maybe he can explain to his boss how that works. Absent that, we can only hope that the American people realize that change is what we need next Fall.