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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:20 PM
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Pakistan asks US to vacate Shamsi airbase within 15 days
Source: Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday ordered the United States to vacate a controversial airbase within 15 days and closed Nato supply lines into Afghanistan permanently in response to a deadly cross-border Nato air strike.

The order refers to Shamsi, the remote desert outpost in southwest Pakistan reportedly used as a hub for covert CIA drone strikes, which Pakistan previously told the United States to leave in June.

Pakistan would also review all its diplomatic, military and intelligence activities with US and Nato.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of senior cabinet ministers and military service chiefs chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, his office said.



Read more: http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/26/pakistan-asks-us-to-vaca...
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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:24 PM
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1. If the US refuses to leave again it could be curtains for the current Pakistan gov
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:34 PM
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4. The current Pakistani government will not oppose the military
It has no credibility to do so after the memogate scandal. Haqqani, the former Abassador to the US has been placed on the Exit Control List to prevent his leaving the country.

Look at the http://www.thenews.com.pk / and http://www.dawn.com web sites and try to find any support at all for the US, NATO, or the War on Terror.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:27 PM
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2. The US was also told to back off on the drones
Which have only increased in the meantime. I don't think the higher-ups give a rat's patootie what Pakistan has to say.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:42 PM
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5. These attacks are reported to be by helicopters
Which decreases the credibility of a mistake.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 12:34 PM
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3. Maybe if Obama gives them his Peace Prize they will be even
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:28 PM
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19. Ouch.
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gtar100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:31 PM
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6. Our wonderful military, so dutifully protecting us, is going to get a lot of us killed.
I can't recall. Was the US Military formed to protect the United States, or are they now an entity separate from the US...except for the money funding them.
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walerosco Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:32 PM
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7. I get it now
Kill 100s of inncoent civilians and the Pakistani govt doesnt bat an eye but when 20 soldiers die then the US has to go. I hope the next US drone hits the country's equivalent of congress for not speaking out until now.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:35 PM
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8. Two of the soldiers were officers -- two majors or a major and a captain -- reports vary
Officers may tend to come from more influential classes of society.
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cosmicone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:38 PM
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9. Nothing but hot air.
Pakistan will collapse without US financial assistance. They keep pretenses of sovereignty while obsequiously begging for financial aid through other channels.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:53 PM
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12. LOL, you also claimed "we could bring everyone home" if we did 10 days of airstrikes on Pakistan.
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 01:59 PM by Poll_Blind
Remember?

Get real. Or don't. Your choice. But it's tough to take commentary like yours seriously.

PB
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:47 PM
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18. Ignored?
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 03:49 PM by closeupready
He is NOT a liberal, that much I know.
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cosmicone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:40 PM
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21. The two paths are not mutually exclusive. n/t
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:51 PM
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10. When do we give up the pretense that we're not an empire?
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 01:53 PM
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11. When we can no longer afford it due to economic collapse
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:32 PM
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20. Exactly.
"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where
the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery..."
~Frank Zappa


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Response Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:52 AM
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26. Coming to a soup kitchen near you.
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:06 PM
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13. Gosh, you mean we kill them and then they want us to leave?
No one could have predicted...


I'll take any reason to close down our worldwide military empire. Bring 'em home, Now.
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IamK Donating Member (514 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:08 PM
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14. I thought blowing people up was one of the "certain unalienable rights"
mentioned in the constitution. It was probably a calculated attack against troops friendly to insurgents and not "friendly fire"...
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:39 PM
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15. I bet they are bluffing. They wouldn't want to lose the millions in military aid we give them.
We will probably buy them off with even more money.
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Charronxyz Donating Member (77 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:56 PM
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22. The chinese are offering more money...
and at much better conditions...
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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:16 PM
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16. It's saddening that it took the Pakistani govt that long to demand
that the US military withdraw from its lands.
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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:10 AM
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25. Indeed! eom
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PuffedMica Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:34 PM
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17. Bush's war should have been ended years ago
There was nothing to be gained by military action in Afghanistan after the year 2003. Bush and Cheney's adventurous war policies have now put us in a deep, deep hole.
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 08:42 PM
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23. It's Obama's war now, not Bush's.
There's more than enough crimes to go around. But there's only one chieftain.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 09:19 PM
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24. Yes.
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Response Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:54 AM
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27. Please, let's just look forward.
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Response Donating Member (213 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:54 AM
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28. Please, let's just look forward.
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