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Gina
06-14-2012, 12:34 PM
I sure am glad we got rid of that cowboy and now have a president that's making the world love us. :rolleyes:

Link (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/14/pakistan-demands-unconditional-apology-from-us-for-troop-deaths/)

Pakistan demanded an "unconditional apology" Thursday from the United States over a NATO strike that resulted in the death of 24 Pakistani troops -- an apology that supposedly would be in exchange for reopening supply routes into Afghanistan closed since the incident.

The demand from Pakistan's foreign minister underscored the calcifying impasse between the two countries, one that is costing the United States millions of dollars every day.

The closure of the supply routes forces U.S. troops to use a different transit route in order to both draw forces out of Afghanistan and re-supply forces inside Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that the different route is costing about $100 million a month.

"It's very expensive," Panetta said.

Yet American and Pakistani officials have made little progress since the Nov. 26 friendly-fire strike, leading the U.S. to pull its negotiators out of the country earlier this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Pakistani demand for a U.S. apology -- something the White House has not been willing to offer -- was indeed holding up the talks.

U.S. officials, the Journal reported, had tried to negotiate with Pakistan by floating the idea of giving them more of a role in the U.S. drone campaign against militant targets.

Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khan made clear that the debate had not changed.

"Pakistan still wants an unconditional apology and the reassurance that the Salala type of incident does not happen again," he said, according to Reuters.

Odysseus
06-14-2012, 02:15 PM
I sure am glad we got rid of that cowboy and now have a president that's making the world love us. :rolleyes:

Link (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/06/14/pakistan-demands-unconditional-apology-from-us-for-troop-deaths/)

Really, weren't we supposed to be respected for our cuddly soft power now?

A couple of interesting points in the article:

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Pakistani demand for a U.S. apology -- something the White House has not been willing to offer -- was indeed holding up the talks.

Notice that Obama also refused to apologize to Poland over the "Polish Death Camp" gaffe. Apparently, he only apologizes for things that other people have done.

U.S. officials, the Journal reported, had tried to negotiate with Pakistan by floating the idea of giving them more of a role in the U.S. drone campaign against militant targets.

As long as the targets are Islamic terrorists, Pakistan's sole interest in the drone campaign will be to warn them so that they can avoid the strikes. The ISI created the Taliban, and they are not going to give up a strategic partner.

Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khan made clear that the debate had not changed.

"Pakistan still wants an unconditional apology and the reassurance that the Salala type of incident does not happen again," he said, according to Reuters.

The correct answer is to tell them that when they stop aiding and abetting terrorists, they will not have to worry about friendly fire. Also, we're paying $100 million per month to ship our stuff through Pakistan, while they permit their personnel to rob the trucks blind as they move through their territory. We've already negotiated deals with other regional players that can cut Pakistan out of the cargo loop, and should immediately cut them off. They need the money a lot more than we need the route, now.

Arroyo_Doble
06-14-2012, 02:25 PM
Take a big deep breath, Pakistan, and hold it while the United States considers your request.

Zathras
06-14-2012, 03:01 PM
Hopefully the apology will go something like this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8vA0ANTUM0