Who else is hiding in plain sight in Pakistan? Anwar Awlaki?
The Pakistani government should be apologizing. It should be groveling. It should be undertaking a massive internal reform to sweep out the jihad sympathizers. It should be opening its doors to American military personnel, acknowledging that it is infiltrated and compromised and offering to do whatever it takes to reverse that. After all, Pakistan is a country on the dole. They're getting billions from the U.S. every year to fight jihad terrorism. They should be doing everything they can right now to repair the damage done by the revelation that they were sheltering Osama bin Laden for years. But instead, we're getting threats and Islamic supremacist arrogance. Congress should cut all aid -- all aid to Pakistan today, present the Pakistani government with a bill for all the aid given to it since 9/11, and cease to consider Pakistan an ally.
"Pakistan warns America not to stage any more raids," by Chris Brummitt for the Associated Press, May 6:ISLAMABAD – Pakistan warned America Thursday of "disastrous consequences" if it carries out any more raids against terrorists like the one that killed Osama bin Laden, and hit back at international allegations it may have been harboring the al-Qaida chief....
Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir's remarks seemed to be aimed chiefly at addressing that criticism.
"The Pakistan security forces are neither incompetent nor negligent about their sacred duty to protect Pakistan," he told reporters. "There shall not be any doubt that any repetition of such an act will have disastrous consequences," he said....
American officials have said they didn't inform Pakistan in advance, fearing bin Laden could be tipped off.
Elements of Pakistan's army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency have long been suspected of maintaining links to Islamist militants, mostly for use as proxies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While the country has worked with the United States to arrest many al-Qaida operatives since 2001, suspicion lingers it is playing a double game.
The leaders of Britain and France, as well as U.S. officials, have said Pakistan has questions to answer over bin Laden's location in a large house close to an army academy in a garrison town.
Bashir said it was "absolutely wrong" to blame the ISI. "After all there was information within the U.S. system about those who were ultimately, eventually responsible for the 9/11 (attacks), so it's not for me to say that the U.S. government or the CIA failed to prevent that," he said....
Bashir said perceptions that Pakistan's ties with Washington were at rock bottom were untrue.
"We acknowledge the United States is an important friend," he said. "Basically Pakistan and U.S. relations are moving in the right direction."
EU spokesman Michael Mann said Thursday "there can be no doubt" Pakistan would remain an important partner in the region even amid the allegations.