Washington, Nov. 30 -
Mr. Speaker, this week Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani said that there will be no more “business as usual” with the United States. I couldn’t agree more. The United States should not be doing business as usual with our unfaithful ally Pakistan. Since 2002, we have given Pakistan over $14 billion in so-called security-related aid and over $6 billion in economic-related aid. The American people have not gotten their money’s worth.
Pakistan seems to be the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. They have proven to be deceptive, deceitful, and a danger to the United States. Here’s some of the evidence.
In May of this year, Navy Seals discovered Osama bin Laden living the high life in an Abbottabad mansion right in the backyard of the Pakistani military community, but Pakistan claimed they had no knowledge of the world’s most-wanted terrorist that was living right under their noses. This is questionable at best. Mr. Speaker, that dog just won’t hunt.
Since then, the more we learn about Pakistan, the worse it gets. Shortly after the raid, Pakistan also arrested CIA informants in Pakistan that led the United States to capture or take out Osama bin Laden.
Pakistan has tried also to cheat the United States by filing bogus reimbursement claims for allegedly going after militants; 40 percent of these claims have been rejected by our government.
There is more. Pakistan tipped off terrorists making IEDs, not once, but twice, in June 2011, after we gave them intel on the bomb-making factory location and asked Pakistan to go after them.
CIA Director Leon Panetta asserted that Pakistan had not done enough to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, saying there is “total mistrust” between the United States and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan is chumming up to the Chinese. It sounds to me like Pakistan is playing both sides in the war on terror.
This so-called ally takes billions of dollars in U.S. aid while, at the same time, supporting the militants who attack us. According to Admiral Mike Mullen, the Pakistani Government supported the groups who were behind the September 11 truck bombing attack in eastern Afghanistan that wounded more than 70 U.S. and NATO troops.
Based on this evidence, I have introduced legislation to freeze all U.S.A. aid to Pakistan with the exception of funds that are designated to help secure their nuclear facilities. By sending aid to Pakistan, we are funding the enemy, endangering Americans, and undermining our efforts in the whole region.
In the past week, relations between American and Pakistani officials have even further deteriorated. Saturday, NATO and Afghan forces near the border of northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan reportedly came under attack from Pakistani fire and responded in self-defense. Twenty-four Pakistani soldiers were killed. But Pakistan says it was NATO who fired the first shot. Of course we cannot believe what Pakistan says. They will lie when the truth is obvious. But the facts will eventually come out as to what really happened in this episode.
Hatred for America is still at an all-time high in Pakistan. This week on TV, Americans have seen Pakistanis burning American flags and curing our Nation. And just today in Politico, we have this lovely photograph of Pakistani women proclaiming “Down with U.S.A.”
Pakistan leaders are continuing to vilify the United States on the one hand and, on the other hand, take our money. Most importantly, crucial NATO supply routes have been cut off by Pakistan, stopping supplies from getting to our troops in Afghanistan. Monday, 300 trucks full of supplies were turned away at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Pakistan has cut off the supply routes to our troops; now it’s time we cut off the money to Pakistan.
Pakistan has made it painfully obvious that they will continue their policy of dangerous, dishonest deceit by pretending to be our ally in the war on terror while simultaneously giving a wink and a nod to extremism. By continuing to provide aid to Pakistan, we are funding the enemy, endangering Americans, and undermining our efforts.
Seven in 10 Americans believe we need to stop or decrease foreign aid to Pakistan. After all, it is their money. We should stop foreign aid to Pakistan until we know whose side they’re on. We don’t need to pay them to hate us; they’ll so it for free, Mr. Speaker. Maybe we shouldn’t pay them at all.
And that’s just the way it is.