I wonder what’s up with that money we’ve been pumping into Pakistan to support The War Against Terror (via the GAO):
The United States has provided Pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror, more than $10.5 billion for military, economic, and development activities. Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which border Afghanistan, are vast unpoliced regions attractive to extremists and terrorists seeking a safe haven.
Wow, $10.5 billion. I bet there isn’t as single terrist anywhere in the area. I bet even the cockroaches that lived in the walls of the terrists’ houses have been hunted down, waterboarded and executed for aiding and abetting terrists. I bet the G.A.O. was shocked, I say shocked, to find that for once pResident Chimp and his lackeys didn’t fuck something up:
The United States has not met its national security goals to destroy terrorist threats and close the safe haven in Pakistan’s FATA.
And then the G.A.O. was shocked by the flying pigs that strafed their building:
However, GAO found broad agreement, as documented in the National Intelligence Estimate, State, and embassy documents, as well as Defense officials in Pakistan, that al Qaeda had regenerated its ability to attack the United States and had succeeded in establishing a safe haven in Pakistan’s FATA.
No comprehensive plan for meeting U.S. national security goals in the FATA has been developed, as stipulated by the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism (2003), called for by an independent commission (2004), and mandated by congressional legislation (2007).
As a result, since 2002, the U.S. embassy in Pakistan has had no Washington-supported, comprehensive plan to combat terrorism and close the terrorist safe haven in the FATA.
Tsk, tsk. If only embassy staff had shouted “I hate kweers! Roevewade suxors!” loud enough the pResident might have given them more help. However, the GAO does bring us some good news:
This report is the first in a series of reports we plan to issue in response to your interest in U.S. support of the Pakistani government’s efforts in the FATA region bordering Afghanistan. We plan to issue an interim product on the use and oversight of Coalition Support Funds (CSF) in May 2008 and a report on CSF in the summer of 2008, followed by a broader report covering security, political, and development assistance activities undertaken by the United States to meet U.S. national security goals in the FATA.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
SoS Rice sez: No one could have possibly foreseen that President Musharraf would be so busy introducing his people to the joys of Jackboot Democracy that he wouldn’t have time to fight terrists.