Saturday, April 04, 2009

Levin Questions Pakistan Aid Plan

Senator Carl Levin questions Pakistan aid plan; Los Angeles Times

A senior Democratic senator expressed concerns Wednesday about the Obama administration's plan to triple nonmilitary aid to Pakistan, saying he wasn't sure that would push Islamabad to take more aggressive action against extremists.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, raised questions about the Pakistani government's willingness to forcefully confront militants who have destabilized that country and neighboring Afghanistan.

"We've got ambivalent evidence as to whether or not they're committed to that goal," he said.

The plan would offer $1.5 billion in economic assistance to Pakistan annually for the next five years, up from the current $500 million a year.

Comment: Maybe if the States had a say in foreign policy through the US Senate we wouldn't be wasting our money and involving our country in a hopeless interventionist effort.

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