WASHINGTON, July 18 -
As stated in the report language of the bill, my amendment cuts $1.3 billion that is going specifically to Pakistan.
Pakistan seems to be the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. They have proven to be deceptive and deceitful and a danger to the United States. Here is some of the evidence:
For the last 7 months, Pakistan closed down the southern supply route. The route transported about 40 percent of all NATO supplies into the country and to Afghanistan;
Pakistan still refuses to go after the terrorist sanctuaries in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Terrorist groups like the LET, the Pakistani Taliban, and al Qaeda frequently cross over into Afghanistan, kill our troops and then run back into Pakistan and hide where our troops cannot follow them;
On May 23, 2012, Pakistan sentenced the doctor who helped us get Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison. I thought getting the world’s No. 1 terrorist – the terrorist who killed thousands of Americans – was a good thing, but apparently, Pakistan prosecuted him;
In February 2012, a NATO report confirmed our suspicions: the ISI is aiding the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan by providing resources, sanctuary, and training;
In June 2011, Pakistan tipped off terrorists making IEDs – not once, but twice – after we told them where the bomb-making factories were and asked Pakistan to go after them;
In 2011, Pakistan tried to cheat the United States by filling out bogus reimbursement claims for allegedly going after militants when they weren’t doing that at all.
There is more.
On September 22, 2011, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee: “With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our Embassy.” The truck bombing he mentions here wounded more than 70 U.S. and NATO allies and troops. Admiral Mullen went on to say: “The Haqqani Network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency.”
What more do we need to hear? Pakistan doesn’t deserve American money. By the end of the fiscal year of 2011, Pakistan had had a total of $21.5 billion of American money since FY 2002. Mr. Chairman, I ask: Has American received its money’s worth? The answer is no.
I want to address a couple of arguments I’ve heard from the other side:
First, some say that the money in this bill for Pakistan is only to reimburse them for going after terrorists. They say we shouldn’t take away that carrot. But, since 2002, Congress has already appropriated over $8 billion to the Coalition Support Fund specifically for Pakistan. Where I come from, if you try something and it doesn’t work, you don’t continue to do it. We’ve been doing the same thing for over 10 years. It’s time for a new strategy with Pakistan. More money is not going to solve the problem.
Second, they say Pakistan just reopened the southern supply route. Pakistan closed the southern supply route from November 2011 to this month. Pakistan was a bad ally before it closed the supply route. The fact that they messed us around and closed it for 7 months only adds to the long list of evidence that shows they are no friend of ours. It also shows that we don’t need them to win the war in Afghanistan. We were able to pursue our mission in Afghanistan without them. What really endangers our troops is not access to the southern supply route, but the failure to get access to Pakistan’s tribal areas where Pakistan gives terrorists a safe haven.
Pakistan is playing America. The only thing Pakistan’s military rulers understand is dollars, and as long as we keep the money flowing, they have no incentive to change their evil ways.
Our message should be this: Pakistan has a raging insurgency in their country with al Qaeda, the Pakistan Taliban, and the Haqqani Network. Pakistan can either receive assistance and go after these terrorists with us or don’t take any of our money, and we will find our own way to take these terrorists out.
I urge all of my colleagues to join me in telling Pakistan they will no longer get American money. We don’t need to pay Pakistan to betray us. They will do it for free.