Posted by: tristar3research | March 10, 2009

Attacks on Pakistan from within Pakistan to Intensify

Wow, what happened to President Obama’s pledge last week that “it’s very important for us to reach out to the Pakistani government and work with them more effectively.” The Wall Street Journal has pointed out the protests of the Pakistanis of this US policy for a couple of years, including AFTER Obama took office.

It seems that the new president is forging ahead with his campaign promise to shift the focus of the war on terror into Pakistan, stepping up the policy of unmanned airstrikes which have been ongoing for years. Obama has also recently beefed the U.S. military role in Pakistan beyond that pursued by the Bush administration and “expanded the covert war run by the Central Intelligence Agency inside Pakistan,” according to the New York Times, with an increase in missile attacks by drone aircraft. Pakistani officials also believe that the drones are taking off from Pakistani airfields, a claim that has been backed by chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Diane Feinstein.

Some intel analysts speculate that the strike on Al Qaeda’s Abu Laith al-Libi in late January 2008 convinced the CIA to step up operations. Of course, the CIA had been tracking Abu Laith for years so they know how to play the political “Afghan surge” game too. Meanwhile, our Pakistani allies are none too pleased. SpaceWar explains, The “sudden discovery” of such high-ranking members of Osama bin Laden’s terror network in Pakistan contradicts claims by the country’s (former) president, Pervez Musharraf.

ABC News reported recently, “unmanned CIA aircraft that fly over Pakistan and have enflamed much of the Pakistani population take off and land from at least two heavily guarded airbases inside Pakistan, two Pakistani officials told ABC News. Such flights have drawn repeated government complaints that they violate Pakistani sovereignty.”

Any chance that we are exploiting the fact that Pakistan may be facing bankruptcy? Naaaah!

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