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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:47 AM
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Report: U.S. to Pour 750 Million (Aid) Into Pakistan's Tribal Areas
Source: Agence France-Presse

US to pour 750 million into Pakistan's tribal areas: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The administration of President George W. Bush plans to pour 750 million dollars worth of aid into Pakistan’s tribal areas in a bid to wrest it away from Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, The New York Times reported on its website late Sunday.

But citing unnamed officials involved in the planning, the newspaper said some people were warning of the dangers of distributing so much money in an area where oversight is impossible.

Who will be given the aid has quickly become one of the most contentious questions between local officials and American planners concerned that millions might fall into the wrong hands, the report said.

A draft of the US Agency for International Development plan given to The Times by an official who worked on it warns that the "severe governance deficiencies" in the tribal areas will make it virtually impossible for the aid to be sustainable or to overcome the "area’s chronic underdevelopment and consequent volatility," the paper pointed out.

The plan was highlighted during a visit to Pakistan in June by Richard Boucher, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, as a measure of Washington’s support for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, The Times said.


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070716/pl_afp/uspakistana...
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:51 AM
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1. Those tribesmen will smile, take the money, and laugh behind their hands at us.
"Oversight is impossible."

Yeah, no shit!!!
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:07 AM
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2. Some Goat Farmer's House to be



Thanx for the $.
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:22 AM
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3. that is why the chimp is cutting finds to poor and crippled children's aid and other social programs
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:23 AM
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4. bribe money for Muscharif.. he is in a bit of a spot himself now
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:11 AM
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8. Poor Seniors in US go without medicine
Thats the Chimp's way.

His Take-------"Those senior are lazy and never saved for old age"
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:59 AM
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5. Bush gave the Taliban in Afghanistan several million shortly...
before the attack on 9/11.

Maybe that's why the Bushie's terra forecasting gut is getting those "Feelings"

All crooked roads lead to the GOP...
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:13 AM
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6. And we're paying Paki Army border troops $100 mil a month.
To lazy to go back and link.
It's on BuzzFlash.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:31 AM
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7. The ISI will take their 50% cut.
We all know where that will go.

Next Year, the Taliban will have newer and more powerful weapons and brand new SUVs.

80% of the rest will go to Blackwater to protect the Halliburton contractors who will build 2 soon to be dilapidated schools.
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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:44 AM
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9. But, but...I don't WANT to pour my $ on that fire!
:cry:

They're bankrupting us! Paying them over there, and they can't pay us here.
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:13 AM
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10. If Musharraf falls to a Muslim fundie, there could be more reason to fear nuke attacks
through proliferation to unaccountable small groups.

I sure hope some ot the millions are going to promote more exposure of young people to ideas from more modern Arab societies. But I suspect Dubya's neocons will just hand out crank-powered radios that only get Voice of America.
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:15 AM
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11. This is exactly what the Roman Empire did with the Picts
Tried to buy them off so that the Picts would quit harrassing the empire.

The Picts took the money gleefully, waited awhile, then resumed business as usual, hoping for another payout.
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conspirator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:17 AM
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12. Yeap. they will gladly accept the food and bite the US hand n/t
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:22 AM
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13. Who shall be given the aid? Easy-- Benazhir Bhutto
(I think that is how you spell her name.) She is a woman and I believe she champions democratic institutions. Our aid should be dependent on allowing her to control the money.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:43 AM
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14. Her hands aren't so clean, from what I understand.
How much do you know of her?
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:43 AM
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16. no one's hands are "clean" in pakistan
the perfect is the enemy of the good.

this money needs to BUILD something substantial that the pashtun value. clean water? sewage treatment?
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:46 AM
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17. True, good point.
If it makes a positive difference, then spend away.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 12:16 PM
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18. She's as corrupt as the rest of them - the money would end up in foreign banks
www.samsloan.com/benazir.htm

A decade after she led this impoverished nation from military rule to democracy, Benazir Bhutto is at the heart of a widening corruption inquiry that Pakistani investigators say has traced more than $100 million to foreign bank accounts and properties controlled by Bhutto's family.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:03 PM
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19. You mean she did what Bush and Cheney are doing?
Still, she was elected to do it, I do believe. (As were they.)
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:44 AM
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15. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Megahurtz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:09 PM
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20. Yet They Will Not
give aid to their own Country. :grr:
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:55 PM
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21. Money wasted down the drain!
As another DUer pointed out to me on an earlier thread on increased violence in the tribal areas, the people that live there are xenophobic and are ethnically closer to the Pashtuns of Afghanistan than they are to Pakistanis.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 05:22 AM
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22. Sounds like a "payoff". I wonder how much of that brown envelope of cash is for Bin Laden
I say again: The chatter coming from the Bush Administration worries me that the Bushies are going to have their friends hit us again.
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