Tuesday, June 20, 2017

With no more political restraint


Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump's ignorance and unwillingness to work, the Pentagon may be on its way to attacking every one of the distractions blamed for its inability to win the war in Shitholeistan in 16 years. It appears the military will get carte blanche from The Tangerine Shitgibbon for whatever they want to do. And the latest irritation is Pakistan.
President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters.

Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally, the two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other U.S. officials are skeptical of the prospects for success, arguing that years of previous U.S. efforts to curb Pakistan's support for militant groups have failed, and that already strengthening U.S. ties to India, Pakistan's arch-enemy, undermine chances of a breakthrough with Islamabad.

U.S. officials say generally they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, once the administration finishes a regional review, due by mid-July, of the strategy guiding the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.

Experts on America's longest war argue that militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents a place to plot deadly strikes in Afghanistan and regroup after ground offensives.

Although long mindful of Pakistan, the Trump administration in recent weeks has put more emphasis on the relationship with Islamabad in discussions as it hammers out a regional strategy to be presented to Trump, who took office in late January, one official said.

"We've never really fully articulated what our strategy towards Pakistan is. The strategy will more clearly say what we want from Pakistan specifically," the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Other U.S. officials question whether any mix of carrots and sticks can get Islamabad to change its behavior. At the end of the day, Washington needs a partner, even if an imperfect one, in nuclear-armed Pakistan, they say.

The United States is again poised to deploy thousands more troops in Afghanistan, an acknowledgment that U.S.-backed forces are not winning and Taliban militants are resurgent.
What a dreadful situation. Having blown up all the mud huts available as targets, the military sets its eyes on greener pastures in neighboring Pakistan. In the same way they took out Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam Debacle, the military is ready to take out Pakistan's safe haven's. So what if they are our allies and have nukes. We can drop the alliance and we got more nukes than they do. Normally the political side would hold those crazy Brassholes in check, but now our political side is too busy tweeting shit. WASF!

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