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Osama killing raises questions about Pakistan’s allegiances

U.S. ties with Islamabad likely to fray further


When it was revealed that the killing of Osama bin Laden happened not in an obscure cave in Afghanistan, but in Abbottabad, just outside of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, and near the grounds of a Pakistani military academy, questions were raised about Pakistan’s allegiances. Namely, whether Pakistani intelligence officials knew about the leader of al-Qaeda’s whereabouts, and whether this revelation will further fray the already strained bilateral ties between Pakistan and the U.S. As it stands, Pakistan is an ally of the U.S. in the war on terrorism, and Pakistan is a recipient of U.S. aid and anti-terrorism dollars. Officials in the country have long dismissed the possibility of bin Laden’s presence there, so this revelation seems poised to deepen suspicions about whether Pakistan has been playing a double game, even harbouring the al Qaeda leader.

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Osama killing raises questions about Pakistan’s allegiances

  1. CNN says bin Laden's code name was Geronimo.

    It is "official" anti-Native American racism to call America's #1 enemy by an Native Indian name. Geronimo was a great Native American hero. Why does the US government dirty his name? It is offensive to the extreme.

    Meanwhile, beware. To kill the bad guys without bringing them to trial is contrary to everything America stands for — and makes those, including the president, who ordered bin Laden's murder, and that's what it ultimately is, not much better than tyrants they order killed.
    This is a sad day for freedom and democracy.

    • Rudy you are an ass

    • I agree with Rudy. I even think that Osama has been dead for long time and this was only a show that was put up by CIA now that they have used Osama's name to enter in to Afganistan and Iraq. Also it is good time for Mr Obama to become a hero to help in getting re-elected. USA will always need to use people like Osama and Sadam Hussain, to portray as terrorists and use the terror to manipulate american's people minds so that they can justify these mass killings of innocent people and spending $1B a week in these countries on wars. This is tax payers money of a nation that is $13T in deficit, where 35M people do not have health insurance, where the powerful and corrupt congressman and senators lobby for big corporation like gun industry and medical companies to rob common people in the name of democracy and freedom and where Federal Reserve Bank (a private run bank) controls country's fianances. American people are great people and it is such a shame that they get played in the hands of politicians and CIA. I wish they will get presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Kennedy.

  2. Here is what Andrew Jackson said about Federal Reserve that still rules American Nation:
    "You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the Eternal God I will rout you out. If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning." –Andrew Jackson, 1828 (to a group of investment bankers trying to persuade him to renew their central bank charter)

  3. .
    Notable was Obama's exclusion of the Bush administration from 'credit". The leads developed to find couriers communicating with OBL came from the very extraordinary renditions publicly deplored and banned (with escape clauses?) by the president.

    Without this intel, defended vigorously by Cheney et al, the start of the trail could not have been picked up by Obama's team. There will be a fallout in the ensuing months: To keep his promise to capture or kill OBL, he ultimately relied on the work of the previous adminstration. He cut across a corner.

    That's fine, if you believe in cutting corners, but ostensibly Obama does not. Does he get credit for keeping his promise? Or blame for trimming his ethics and morals.

  4. Duh? How can American officials been these blind? Many of us common folks using common sense and observation, know Pakistan's officials and military are duplicitous. Pakistan must have been laughing behind American's back every time US billions land on their hands. What's even sadder, US may have not yet learned their lesson. By next year, I won't be surprise to hear more US billions passing through Pakistanis hands. I have read UK has also been handing this rogue country monetary aid. I hope Canada is not one of those gullible countries, if it is; they better stop this ridiculous practice.

  5. The question should be asked with all the funding given to Pakistan to fight terrorism, and based on reports they didn't have account for it, and the cost of building this million-dollar suburban mansion for Osama maybe the US $$$ were used to build it for Osama 6 years ago

  6. You have to bear in mind that the U.S. Navy SEALS weren't in Pakistan to execute a search warrant, Rudy; it was a commando-style raid. It would have been nice if Osama bin Ladin had come out with his hands up, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated some time ago that it was unlikely they would be able to take Osama alive.

    Osama went out the way most mass murderers want to go out: in what they see as "a blaze of glory." He got what he wanted.

  7. It is easy to compare Pakistan with Libya, and former Pakistani President Perveiz Musharraf with Libya's Muammar al-Qaddafi, but there's an important difference between the two countries. Blinded by a vision of Arab unity, Qaddafi has supported international terrorism in order to destabilize the world and destroy the State of Israel. Musharraf belatedly supported the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to keep homegrown Islamists at bay while obsessing with what he felt to be Pakistan's greater enemy: India.

    Pakistan is merely a Cowardly Lion with nukes. It roars loudly in order to be heard, but it's afraid of its own tail.