In talks all around the country for years now I’ve been advocating tying U.S. aid to Pakistan, as well as to Egypt, to its combating of the jihad ideology. This is not that, but it is closer than we have been.
“U.S. aims to reshape Pakistan aid,” by Peter Spiegel for the Los Angeles Times:
WASHINGTON “” With the Pakistani government in turmoil, senior Pentagon officials are quietly moving to overhaul the system of massive U.S. military aid to the country by more directly tying the payments to Islamabad’s success in combating Islamic militants.
Defense Department officials also want to require detailed accounting of how Pakistan spends about $1 billion in annual payments and greater control by Washington over spending.
The steps would fundamentally change one of the Bush administration’s signature relationships of the post-Sept. 11 era, when it forged an alliance with the military regime of President Pervez Musharraf against Islamic extremists and began providing huge sums with little oversight.
The Pentagon is focusing on the largest and most controversial aid program, known as the Coalition Support Funds. The proposal to link payments to specific objectives would revamp the current practice of reimbursing Pakistan for money it says it spent….
Reimbursing Pakistan for money it says it spent?
Who originated such a daft plan in the first place?