By Charles Benninghoff
Las Vegas NV – Today sometime – the hour is secret for reasons I’ll explain, President Trump’s battered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to visit America’s sometime ally Pakistan.
Tillerson is to fly in and fly out. Maybe 2-3 hours. Maybe a bit more and it could even be a bit less. So report the political wonks at National Interest.*
You have to ask yourself what in the world would drive Rex Tillerson to fly all of the way to Pakistan from wherever he may be departing and then only spend a few hours on the ground.
Keep that question in mind.
Way back in 2009 when the globalists like John Kerry were in power, Congress passed a bill called the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act which promised to Pakistan the release of $1.5 billion each year for the purposes of non-military aid. This entitlement ran from 2010 to 2014. Since that date figures on payments to Pakistan are clouded in a bureaucratic fog that is purposefully kept impenetrable.
Publicly, however, the Hindustan Times reports that US civilian and military assistance for Pakistan has plummeted from an average of more than $2.2 billion a year during the period immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks to $526 million in 2017 and is set to fall further next year, reflecting the strain in ties between the two sides.
The total assistance in 2018 is expected to be $345 million, including $134 million in security-related assistance and $211 million in economic aid, according to figures collated by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Despite a sharp dip in relations following the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in 2011, US assistance increased over the next two years to a little more than $2.6 billion a year before falling rapidly, showing the inclination of the Obama regime to assuage hurt feelings in Pakistan’s military at being shown so totally inept that a raiding force could enter their country and take out in a military adventure the world’s biggest Muslim terrorist without being detected.
So Tillerson needs now to be woven back into this research as the probable reason for his trip to Islamabad is to (hopefully) tell his Muslim counterpart that Pakistan is not going to be certified to receive some $400 million out of a 2017 Congressional authorization since inadequate efforts have been by that country to destroy Muslim terrorists.
Indeed, a look at numerous Pakistani cases reveals that the Muslims in charge of the social fabric there adore their own, homegrown Muslim terrorist killers.
Let’s take a look at the mastermind of the 2009 Muslim Mumbai Massacre in which Muslim terrorists invaded a shopping mall in Mumbai, India. Once inside, the Muslim terrorists – about six in number – would inquire of each shopper if he, or she, were Muslim. If the shopper said, “Yes”, then a show-and-tell would ensue in which the gun-wielding Muslim would ask the name of Mohamud’s mother, historical relations such as who was Ali, and so forth. If answered correctly, the shopper was released. If not, the shopper was executed on the spot. All admitted non-Muslims were executed on the spot.
The Muslim Mumbai Massacre claimed 161 lives including the lives of six Americans.
The United States, as well as the UN and India, have linked Hafiz Saeed, leader of the Pakistani Muslim terror group named Lashkar-e-Taiba, to the Massacre and the US has placed a $10 million bounty on Saeed’s head.
Saeed was in Pakistani custody until November 24, 2017 at which date the Pakistani authorities released him from his “house arrest” – can you believe that? Saeed was not even in a Pakistani prison for his grievous crimes.
Michael Kugelman, writing for National Interest, stated, “…Saeed is now a free man, and he enjoys the freedom to travel around the [Pakistan] and make public appearances, as he has routinely done since the 2008 attacks, barring several other brief periods of house arrest.”
Do those public appearances of Saeed include being within the confines of the Islamabad International Airport’s tarmac where Rex Tillerson’s plane is to repose?
If I were Tillerson, under these circumstances I don’t think I’d even let the plane get off the Islamabad runway.
Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009
US aid to Pakistan plummets to $526m in 2017, set to fall further
Decline in US aid for Pakistan to hurt Afghan border monitoring
Will Pakistan’s Support for Terrorists Destroy Its Relationship with America?