Report: Pakistan rejects U.S. plan, wants dronesYeah, that's right. Hand over the drones and intelligence. We can count on the Pakistanis to do the job?
By Bridget Johnson
April 8, 2009
U.S. envoys met with Pakistani leaders on Tuesday to ensure that the $7.5 billion that President Obama plans to send their way over the next five years will be used to achieve common goals in the fight against extremism.
But according to a Pakistani newspaper, regional envoy Richard Holbrooke and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen came up empty-handed and received a "rude shock" when a proposal for joint operations against al Qaeda and Taliban forces in the volatile tribal regions was rejected.
Dawn newspaper reported that Pakistan also asked the U.S. to turn over the unmanned drone missions over the territory to them, saying that the drone strikes were fueling extremism.
And The Independent published an interview with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday in which he said Pakistan would go after high-value targets on their own if the U.S. would hand over its drone technology and intelligence.
Obama went to Europe to ask for more help in Afghanistan. He got nothing. Now he sends our top brass to Pakistan and is basically told to drop the money and leave.
By comparison, President Bush's efforts to win alliance help is looking better and better every single day!