By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Last May I wrote the Pakis cannot be trusted. I hate being right about Pakistan.
The Pakis view China as a better ally than the unstable United States under Barack Obama and their relationship with us has deteriorated since the killing of Osama bin Laden. They were upset about not being allowed to warn the al Qaeda leader about the planned raid on his compound as they clearly did in 1998 the before retaliatory cruise missile attacks for the U.S. Embassy attacks in Africa.
During the raid that killed bin Laden the United States lost a stealth helicopter modeled after the MH-60 Blackhawk. Its exterior was modified to reduce its radar signature and its engines and blades were developed to reduce noise, making this platform a perfect infiltration machine. Unfortunately, during its landing the helicopter’s tail struck a fence forcing it to cash. With no chance of carrying the airship’s remaining secrets away, explosives were used to render the wreckage components useless.
Embarrassed and angry at not being informed of the raid beforehand, the Pakistanis threatened to grant China access to the remains of the helicopter. Despite the Obama Administration’s request, not to do so, they did anyway. As reported by the Financial Times an anonymous US Intelligence Official said, “The U.S. now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter in Abbottabad.”
The Administration thought they had won a diplomatic victory when Sen. John Kerry went to Pakistan to grovel before the Pakistanis begging to it get the helicopter back. It was reported that the highly photographed tail portion was sent back, but as always, it’s difficult to believe Barack Obama about anything. There was enough left behind to sell to the highest bidder.
Now we know the Chinese have seen the helicopter and have paint samples and components for its stealth program. It is likely that Pakistan, as a reliable weapons customer of the Chinese, will also benefit from this treachery. Beside the shape of the airframe, the paint is an important contributor to its stealth ability.
The United States only provides $2.7 Billion a year in aid and token arms deals with Pakistan and we provide little or nothing for its infrastructure and trade. China, on the other hand, has a robust trade with Pakistan worth over 9 Billion a year and is the Muslim country’s prime arms supplier. Pakistan considers the Chinese a better friend and ally than the America.
The Pakistanis can afford to disregard Obama’s requests because they don’t need us. Nevertheless, we need them because they have nukes.
Obama’s decision to abandon President Bush’s no nonsense approach of “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” approach and showing weakness to our enemies and allies has put our future in peril.
Pakistan took bids on our parts and technology and China won.
I hate being right about this. I wish Obama didn’t trust Pakistan, but he apparently does.
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This day in history August 16
1929: Riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews. The riots will continue until the end of the month, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs were killed.
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