Pakistan disorder ‘global threat’
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused Pakistan of abdicating to the Taleban by allowing them to control parts of the country.
Mrs Clinton told a congressional panel the situation in Pakistan posed a “mortal threat” to world security.
She also called Pakistan’s judicial system corrupt, adding that it has only limited power in the countryside.
Giving evidence in Washington to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Mrs Clinton said the situation in Pakistan “poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world”.
“I think the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taleban and the extremists,” she said.
Using stark language, Mrs Clinton said the situation in Pakistan needed urgent attention.
“I think that we can not underscore [enough] the seriousness of the existential threat posed to the state of Pakistan,” she said, describing the rebels as a “loosely-confederated group of terrorists and others seeking to overthrow the Pakistani state”.
Force must be an option – Blair
Tony Blair has said the case for using military force to topple oppressive regimes is as strong as it ever was – despite events in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He said intervention was needed to tackle the growing “menace” of Islamic “extremism” across the Middle East.
But he also stressed the need for engagement with “progressive” Muslims.
The former prime minister was speaking on the 10th anniversary of a speech in Chicago which he set out his belief in an interventionist foreign policy.
In April 1999, during the Kosovo conflict, Mr Blair outlined his criteria for military action abroad in an address to the Chicago Economic Club.
Returning to the city this week, he told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “Many, at the time, described the speech as hopelessly idealistic; dangerous even.”
NATO Pays Millions Of Pounds To Taleban
The West is indirectly funding the insurgency in Afghanistan thanks to a system of payoffs to Taleban commanders who charge protection money to allow convoys of military supplies to reach Nato bases in the south of the country.
The Times has learnt that it is in the outsourcing of convoys that payoffs amounting to millions of pounds, including money from British taxpayers, are given to the Taleban.
A transport company owner who runs convoys south on the notoriously dangerous Kabul to Kandahar highway said: “We pay taxes to both thieves and the Taleban to get our trucks through Ghazni province and there are several ways of paying. This goes to a very high level in the Afghan Government.”
Lieutenant-Commander James Gater, a spokesman for Nato forces in Afghanistan, said that the transport of Nato supplies was contracted to commercial firms and how they got them into the country was their business.
“I can confirm that we use two European-headquartered companies to supply food and fuel, though for contractual reasons it is not prudent for us to name them. They provide their own security as part of that contract. Such companies are free to subcontract to whomsoever they wish.”
CNN: U.S. Is Funding Iranian Nuclear Program
George Washington’s Blog
The U.S. is literally funding Iranian nuclear capabilities.
As CNN reports, the U.S. state department has given millions of dollars to two Russian institutes which, in turn, are directly helping to ramp up Iran’s nuke capacity at Bushehr and other facilities.
This is especially ironic given that the U.S. has accused Iran of producing fuel for nuclear weapons at Bushehr.
[The phrase, “the best enemy money can buy” comes to mind.]