From the Unintended Consequences Department:
The AP is reporting today (via Drudge) that Pakistan’s army is demanding a decrease in U.S. military presence within that nation, and threatening not to cooperate any more with joint anti-Taliban operations, because of the unilateral Osama bin Laden mission last Sunday. By the way, this was exactly the kind of invasive attack that Barack Obama and his fellow leftists decried during the Bush Adminstration:
“ISLAMABAD–Pakistan’s army on Thursday called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory…”
Wonder if that includes unmanned Drone strikes.
“…The statement, the first since Monday’s raid, signaled the army’s anger at the unilateral operation, but was also aimed at pacifying domestic critics who have accused it of failing to protect the country’s sovereignty — potent charges in a country where anti-Americanism runs deep…”
The plain fact is that our troops are, and always will be, Infidels from the West who are occupying the Dar al Islam, the House of Islam, and are not welcomed by self-respecting Muslims.
“…Ties betweenAmerica and Pakistan were already strained before the raid because of American allegations that Islamabad was failing to crackdown on Afghan Taliban factions sheltering on its soil, and Pakistani anger over U.S. drone strikes on its soil…”
Rest assured that Muslims the world over do not want us in their conquered lands. And the history of this state of affairs goes back about thirteen centuries. The very first wave of jihad, which began in 622 A.D., was designed and ordered by Muhammad, himself, to cleanse the Muslim territories of all Infidels. So, what do we have to gain by leaving our troops garrisoned there? The protest from the Pakisani military honchos should come as no surprise to anyone.
“…It did not refer to international suspicions that the army, or elements within it, may have sheltered bin Laden, but admitted intelligence “shortcomings” in not spotting bin Laden, who was living in a large compound in Abbottabad, an army town just a two hours drive from the capital,Islamabad…”
Uh huh. Anyone who doubts that the Pakistanis knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding there is not living in the real world.
“…The Pakistani army also warned that it would review its military and intelligence cooperation with Washington if theUnited Statescarries out any more similar raids. Earlier, the government had warned of “disastrous consequences” if the U.S.staged a similar attack on its territory…”
So, it sounds from this veiled threat like the Pakistanis are almost ready to show their true colors. They have nukes. An overt move to the side of the world-wide jihad will cause the current mess in the Middle East to become even more perilous than it already is. When that could happen is anyone’s guess. But, remember: As Diana West recently pointed out, the motto of the Pakistani army is “Imaan, Taqwa, Jihad fi Sabilillah” or ”Faith, Piety, Holy War in the path of Allah”.
Meanwhile, the Obama Adminstration’s narrative on the bin Laden killing continues to change from day to day. Even some of the blindly loyal mainstream media pundits are beginning to scratch their heads.
Bring the troops home and let’s re-think our entire counter-jihad strategy. It’s high time to call in Team BII.