Risible reporting and reactions from Islamabad. It's all about how we hurt them and gave them boo boos. Seriously:
The latest move by the United States may only further hurt ties with Pakistan and contribute to the growing sense of anti-Americanism in the population, a senior Pakistani official told NBC News. The relationship between the two counties suffered greatly in May when US forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Notice the reportage: The relationship suffered when we did something. We are the active. The Paks are the passive. They are vulnerable recipients of our abuse. We had the temerity to kill Uncle Binny. Really was bad form.
That reportage reflects the sources in Pak. Once again, from the report:
After news of the US cut in aid, members of the Pakistani government immediately said this will further hurt the relationship between the US and Pakistan.
What a risible statement.
Once again, the hurting of the relationship is painted as primarily a result of our doing. No mention is made of the 'doings' of the Pak ISI, military, etc..
And, as if to diminish the import of the cut..er..freeze, and perhaps convince the reader the U.S. isn't going to accomplish much via the 'freeze' in aid we are ambiguously reassured of this:
Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of US foreign aid. The cutback announced by Congress on Tuesday is only a small portion of the billions in civil and military assistance the country receives each year, Reuters reported.
Reportage of Reportage from Goiters..er..Reuters. NBC earlier, Goiters now.
Ok. Like I said, it is somewhat ambiguous. Is this 700 mil a small portion of the annual aid given by U.S. sources, or from all sources? Probably "all" because as near as I can figure, from my extensive research in Googling, we send about 1.5 billion a year to our erstwhile chums, the Paks. That's roughly a bit less than half of our annual 2011 figure. That ain't no 'small portion' Clyde. So, it must be the case that all of the other friends of Pakistan pony up aid that significantly outweighs that loss. The Saudis, for instance, give a sizeable chunk.
And, no doubt the Paks are making contingency plans for doing without our largess, relying more and more on the Chinese, for instance.
As far as this 'freeze' business goes. It's weak tea: It (obviously) is tenuous, temporary, and certainly gives the appearance of the USG looking for an excuse or pretext to turn the spigot back on. That sends the wrong signal. Business as freaking usual. It doesn't take a CFR genius to see that the Paks will play us again, do some perfunctory anti-terror and ammonium nitrate smuggling interdiction, just enough to make us think they are doing something, just enough to get the money flowing again, rinse, repeat, yet again. The Eternal Return of the Same.
And, if we decide not to go the 'battered ally syndrome' route? They're prepping for that. They can replace the funding, or it appears they believe they can do so without too much trouble.
So, what do we do? Have done with the whole messy business. Cut 'em off permanently. Get REAL chummy with India. Yep. That's the ticket.