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Thu May 24, 2012, 12:06 PM

Senate panel slashes Pakistan aid over conviction of doctor who helped US get Osama bin Laden

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON ó A Senate panel expressed its outrage over the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. get Osama bin Laden by slashing aid by $33 million ó $1 million for every year of the doctorís 33-year sentence.

The Appropriations Committee approved the amendment 30-0 on Thursday as Republicans and Democrats widely criticized Pakistanís conviction of Shakil Afridi for high treason a day earlier. Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Ladenís presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad where U.S. commandos killed the al-Qaida leader in May 2011.

The United States has called for Afridi to be released.

The vote came on a $52 billion foreign aid budget for next year.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/senate-panel-slashes-pakistan-aid-over-conviction-of-doctor-who-helped-us-get-osama-bin-laden/2012/05/24/gJQAeheNnU_story.html

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Reply Senate panel slashes Pakistan aid over conviction of doctor who helped US get Osama bin Laden (Original post)
IDemo May 2012 OP
cosmicone May 2012 #1
IDemo May 2012 #3
IthinkThereforeIAM May 2012 #8
may3rd May 2012 #18
Comrade Grumpy May 2012 #10
razorman May 2012 #15
may3rd May 2012 #17
Thinkingabout May 2012 #2
Comrade Grumpy May 2012 #11
Noose4 May 2012 #4
rollin74 May 2012 #5
rayofreason May 2012 #6
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RitchieRich May 2012 #7
Iliyah May 2012 #9
IDemo May 2012 #12
sad sally May 2012 #19
may3rd May 2012 #20
lsewpershad May 2012 #13
McCamy Taylor May 2012 #14
may3rd May 2012 #16

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:16 PM

1. They should have cut it all

 

$33 million is Pakistan's one day heroin revenue. Won't make a dent.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:32 PM

3. Out of a total 2.9 billion, it's just a gesture

I would have slashed the figure a long time ago with the knowledge that the ISI (Pakistan's secret police) support the Taliban. Their reaction to the bin Laden raid just underscores that they in no way consider themselves friends of the US.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #3)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:59 PM

8. Then it should have been $3.3 billion...


... taking the other $.4 billion via the Foreign Exchange of the New York Federal Reserve.

Just a thought.

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Response to IthinkThereforeIAM (Reply #8)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:28 PM

18. That's high considering the supply routes will remain closed

 

if we don't pay off the highway robers and their handlers to NOT attack NATO supplies.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:18 PM

10. Got a link for that one day heroin estimate?

 

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Fri May 25, 2012, 12:42 PM

15. If we really want their attention, we should announce that not only are we cutting off their aid,

but we are giving it to India, instead.

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #1)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:25 PM

17. 33 million from how many BILLION a year?

 

ISI and military will still get their cuts. The "winning hearts and minds" free medical care clinics will suffer.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:23 PM

2. Denial of Aid may be the best attention getter in Pakistan.

Why should we continue the aid when they are using tactics to prevent the US from getting those like bin Laden. Why should we continue aid to Pakistan when they refuse to allow our military to remove our troops using their routes. When they give nothing, then they will get nothing.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #2)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:20 PM

11. Why should we give them aid?

 

Because the cooperation of Pakistan is essential to our interests in Afghanistan.

Kinda of a quandary, isn't it?

Ah, the complications of empire.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:39 PM

4. Guys a hero

We should do whatever we can to get him his freedom and out of that country.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:41 PM

5. should have cut it a lot more nt

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:46 PM

6. Excellent 1st step. I want more. n/t

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:52 PM

7. %

I wanted to divide 20 billion (total since 2002) by 33 million so to post the shocking low %... but I keep screwing up all the zeros. That's way to many zeros.
One of the few things I liked about Ron Paul (which I REALLY liked) was his idea to cut off all foreign aid, spend the money locally. Imagine 20 B spent putting the rust belt to work making wind mills.
How much good will does it generate to build up one country's army, when we do the same for their enemy?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:16 PM

9. Was this bipartison, LOL

I'm pretty sure that the administration is negotiating with the Pakistani government for the doctor and his family to come to the US. If not, we can always send in Mittens' sons, and sons of the GOP party and have Chuck Norris as the team leader to swoop in and grab the doctor and his family.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #9)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:26 PM

12. "Elephant Team 6" - just doesn't have the same ring to it..

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #9)

Fri May 25, 2012, 05:21 PM

19. Just like in Vietnam, thousands of Iraqis who helped Americans for almost a decade would also like

safe haven in the US. But no, they're on their own - no special visas, no concern if they're displaced, in hiding or dead.

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Response to sad sally (Reply #19)

Sun May 27, 2012, 01:30 PM

20. Goodnight Kabul

 

I see no reason history will not repeat.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:51 PM

13. How about

cutting financial assistance to some ot the most despicable regimes...around the world like Israel, Columbia, Honduras etc.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 04:47 PM

14. We wouldn't be giving them any $ if Dr. K had not given them the bomb.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:22 PM

16. $33 million .. how much was the bounty on bil Ladens head ? 15 or 30 million ?

 

WHo got the $$$ ?
Wold Health Organization ?

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