One of the most consistent advocates of US militarism around the planet, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), says the Feds should consider military action against Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country that has been on the Federal dole for over half a century. In 2010, Washington, DC gave Pakistan $2.5 billion of US tax payers’ money in military aid. The Guardian (UK) reports:
Pakistan has historically been among the top recipients of US aid – since 1948, the US has sent more than £30bn in direct aid to the country. Nearly half of this has been for military assistance.
But now, after giving the military-ran Pakistani government tens of billions of dollars, Lindsey Graham is floating the idea of attacking Pakistan.
A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday that the U.S. should consider military action against Pakistan if it continues to support terrorist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.
“The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told “Fox News Sunday.”
He said if experts decided that the U.S. needs to “elevate its response,” he was confident there would be strong bipartisan support in Congress for such action.
Graham did not call for military action but said “all options” should be considered. He said assistance to Pakistan should be reconfigured and that the U.S. should no longer designate an amount of aid for Pakistan but have a more “transactional relationship” with the country.
“They’re killing American soldiers,” he said. “If they continue to embrace terrorism as a part of their national strategy, we’re going to have to put all options on the table, including defending our troops.”
In testimony last week to Graham’s committee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Pakistan’s powerful military intelligence agency had backed extremists in planning and executing the assault on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and a truck bomb attack that wounded 77 American soldiers. Both occurred this month.
Mullen contended that the Haqqani insurgent network “acts as a veritable arm” of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it undermined U.S.-Pakistan relations, already tenuous because of the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan exports violence, Mullen said, and threatens any success in the 10-year-old war.
Graham said Pakistan does cooperate with the U.S. in actions against al-Qaida. But he said the Pakistani military feels threatened by a democracy in Afghanistan and is betting that the Taliban will come back there.
“The best solution is for Pakistan to fight all forms of terrorism, embrace working with us so that we can deal with terrorism along their border, because it is the biggest threat to stability,” he said. “But Pakistan is terrorism itself. They have made a tremendous miscalculation.”
“Pakistan is terrorism itself”? What a strange statement from the effeminate Senator. Notice how Graham believes he knows what is best for Pakistan. Of course, Graham has never heard of a country he doesn’t want to invade and constantly advocates more military spending, more foreign bases and more intervention in the internal affairs of foreign countries. The frightening thing is that this time it’s not a defenseless Third World country full of utterly impoverished people he wants to kick around – it’s a nuclear-armed country with a large military.
The Pakistan military possesses nuclear weapons and sufficient means both developed entirely by civilian scientists and engineers of Pakistan, through a range of missiles and aircraft—to deliver these over considerably long distances. However, unlike India, Pakistan does not have no-first-use policy and maintains the use of nuclear weapons as a deterrent and to peacefully prevent India and other world countries to offset the large conventional advantage other countries like USA and India enjoy over Pakistan.
This latest warmongering by Graham reminds of when his BFF John McCain advocated war against Russia a few years ago when that country stepped in to save secessionists in break-away ethnic enclaves from being crushed by Georgians (who were backed by the US and Israel). These Neo-cons are worse than crazy – they seem to actually want a nuclear showdown with someone… anyone.