Recently, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, testified to Congress and accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of providing strategic support for the Haqqani network, which the U.S. blames for the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. In his testimony, Admiral Mullen said, ``The support of terrorism is part of their national strategy. ..... And that's got to fundamentally shift.
There is a growing pattern of incidents whereby elements within the Pakistani government are blocking cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan and are providing covert support to some of the same organizations that are targeting U.S. troops and their coalition allies fighting in Afghanistan.
I believe that the U.S. economic aid Pakistan receives is a complete waste of U.S. tax dollars because it hasn't done anything to improve the U.S./Pakistani relationship, as intended. Instead, the relationship has actually deteriorated despite the fact that the U.S. has increased assistance to the Government of Pakistan --which has received over $2 billion in economic aid over the last two years.
"By cutting off all economic aid and suspending all military aid we will be sending a clear message to the Pakistani government that they are not to take our support for granted. So long as we have troops fighting in Afghanistan, who need the supply lines that run through Pakistan , it would be irresponsible to immediately eliminate all military aid to Pakistan . I do believe that the Pakistani military is capable of effectively using the aid to help defeat some of the same radical Islamic forces that U.S. troops are fighting, who cross from Pakistan to the Afghan side of the border.", says Congressman Coffman of Colorado.
Coffman is sponsoring legislation that would end the billions of dollars worth of aid that Pakistan now receives for betraying us.
"I am introducing legislation to end all U.S. economic aid to Pakistan and to suspend all U.S. military aid until the Obama administration can certify to Congress that the Government of Pakistan is effectively using the aid against the Taliban and other al Qaeda affiliates that are planning and executing attacks on U.S. targets", says Congressman Coffman.
Unfortunately Coffman's legislation is lacking support from the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress, which seem content to reward countries for promoting and supporting terrorism.