The Washington Times tells us that we're getting shaken down by Pakistan:
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday warned against cutting off U.S. aid to his country, after a Republican presidential candidate called for an end to foreign assistance to the South Asian country where intelligence officials are suspected of supporting terrorists.
“By shutting down [U.S. aid to Pakistan], you are sending a message to people that you dont care,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
May I suggest to Amb. Haqqani -- while he still has that honorific -- that he's sending the message that something bad will happen to the U.S. if we decide we'd rather not subsidize people who help attack our soldiers? That isn't how allies talk. That's how gangsters talk. And those gangsters had better not talk that way to the people they kick up to. You fly our F-16s, remember? Sure would be a shame if a shipment of spare parts got delayed.
Meanwhile: where's the India lobby in Washington? How inept can you be? How can there not be a widespread media and lobbying campaign to raise the stakes on pro-Pakistan (or, more importantly, lukewarm/neutral) politicians? You're a giant democracy, rising global power, dynamic economy, besieged by Pakistani terrorism. They're a schizophrenic basket case nuclear quasi-state sponsor of terrorism that repays U.S. aid with dead bodies. And you're not making this case! You're not making this case at a moment of supreme political frustration with your enemy!
Pakistan has one advantage in Washington. His name is Husain Haqqani. I'll let you in on a secret. Everyone loves Husain. He's an kind, witty guy, and an expert bullshitter in an endearing way. He cultivates relationships, especially in the press, and it pays off. And Pakistan may be about to do the stupid thing and fire him. The lane is wide open for you, India lobby.