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Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:08 PM

Exclusive: As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, U.S. cuts military training programs

Source: Reuters


AUGUST 10, 2018 / 7:18 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

Idrees Ali, Phil Stewart

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, U.S. officials say.

The move, which has not been previously reported, is one of the first known impacts from Trump’s decision this year to suspend U.S. security assistance to Pakistan to compel it to crack down on Islamic militants.

The Pentagon and the Pakistani military did not comment directly on the decision or the internal deliberations, but officials from both countries privately criticized the move.

U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said they were worried the decision could undermine a key trust-building measure. Pakistani officials warned it could push their military to further look to China or Russia for leadership training.




Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-usa-military-exclusive/exclusive-as-trump-cracks-down-on-pakistan-u-s-cuts-military-training-programs-idUSKBN1KV166

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Reply Exclusive: As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, U.S. cuts military training programs (Original post)
DonViejo Friday OP
at140 Friday #1
DonViejo Friday #2
elleng Friday #3
heaven05 Friday #4
sinkingfeeling Friday #5
erronis Friday #7
TomVilmer Friday #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:12 PM

1. Can you please post the link?

Thanks.

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Response to at140 (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:20 PM

2. Oops! Sorry about that but, thanks for the heads up. Link is in the OP, above.

Thanks again!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 12:36 PM

3. 'The effective suspension of Pakistan from the U.S. government's International Military Education

and Training program (IMET) will close off places that had been set aside for 66 Pakistani officers this year, a State Department spokesperson told Reuters.

The places will either be unfilled or given to officers from other countries.

Dan Feldman, a former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, called the move “very short-sighted and myopic”.

“This will have lasting negative impacts limiting the bilateral relationship well into the future,” Feldman told Reuters.'

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 01:05 PM

4. his administration

people giving this tool advice are just a dumb as he is...bolton? pompaeo? session, a lirttle smarter but so racist that his stupidity is apparent....millerr? ivanka? kushner? JFC it will never get better!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 03:21 PM

5. How much of this bulls**t is driven by IQ45's fear of dark skin?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 04:32 PM

7. That's exactly what I was going to write. Perhaps we can use white russians instead?

I guess that is a play on words - mensheviks vs. pure caucasians vs. crappy alcoholic drink.

Of course the white russsians/USSR did not have much luck controlling the "others". Neither did Alexander or Philip or any other invader.

However, I would think a battalion or two of vlad's russkis stationed in NYC and SF would help keep the calm when all hell breaks loose.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2018, 04:27 PM

6. Don't care who is responisibel for cutting - thanks!

The U.S. training of Pakistani officers seems to have very little effect on making them act according to human rights, or helping Pakistan to become a more civilized society. It has been more like the former “School of the Americas” in Fort Benning, for training military regimes to stay in power.


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