Several years ago, as Pakistan’s double game became increasingly obvious, I began making the point frequently that to give aid to the Pakistani government was essentially to finance the jihad, and that we should stop cutting our own throats and instead cut that aid. In late 2008, when it was confirmed that a great deal of the money that we gave to the Pakistani government to fight against jihadists was funneled to those same jihadists, I began to emphasize this even more.
And yet as I made this point in speaking to various groups, invariably during the question and answer period someone would say that we had to keep funding the Pakistani government because we had to keep demonstrating our support for the moderates. Well, it should be clear even to the dimmest learned analyst where that kind of thinking leads — and who was right all along. But probably the response to this in official Washington will be to do something like it did in response to Pakistan’s duplicity last October…triple aid to Pakistan.
Pakistan follows through on the threat Marisol noted here: “Pakistan cuts NATO supply line after border firing,” by Hussain Afzal and Deb Riechmann for the Associated Press, September 30 (thanks to Infidel #1):
PARACHINAR, Pakistan – Pakistan blocked a vital supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Thursday in apparent retaliation for an alleged cross-border helicopter strike by the coalition that killed three Pakistani frontier troops.
The blockade appeared to be a major escalation in tensions between Pakistan and the United States.
A permanent stoppage of supply trucks would place massive strains on the relationship between the two countries and hurt the Afghan war effort. Even a short halt is a reminder of the leverage Pakistan has over the United States at a crucial time in the 9-year-old war.
By midmorning, a line of around 100 NATO vehicles was waiting to cross the border into Afghanistan, officials said.
“We will have to see whether we are allies or enemies,” Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said of the border incident, without mentioning the blockade….