Clinton Delivers Tough Talk to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Says Peace Now Or Serious Consequences To Follow
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered tough new approach to Pakistan and Afghanistan saying all relevant parties must come together to make peace and warned if this does not happen the U.S. will take tough action against the two counties.
"Now we have to turn our attention here on the Pakistani Taliban, Afghan Taliban, Haqqani and other terrorist groups and try to get them into a peace process," Clinton told a news conference in Islamabad. She was careful to clarify the U.S. was not negotiating with the Haqqani network terrorist group calling that a "straw in the wind" of a possibility.
The U.S. has been embroiled in a war and security operations in Afghanistan for 10 years now and has come out publicly saying Pakistan directly helps terrorist in Pakistan with Pakistani Intelligence, ISI, and Pakistani military support. Recently the Haqqani network has turned its attention towards the U.S. by attacking the U.S. embassy in Pakistan and committing various confirmed acts of terrorism against Americans.
Clinton went on to say if efforts to bring in all the factions, networks and groups along with Afghanistan and Pakistan to come up with a peace settlement failed, the U.S. would be forced to take stronger measures to ensure prevention and protection from those groups who intend to use terrorism. These new sets of tough actions are sure to be controversial from a Pakistani point of view were Americans are already disliked and not trusted. But many in the U.S. are welcoming such action saying the U.S. must protect its own and its interest for itself, especially when partner countries fail to get on board and help.
Much of the U.S.'s public statements of not trusting Pakistan have festered for years but only after U.S. Navy Seals and other Special Forces kill Osama bin Laden did it become public. Pakistan's military said the raid was a flagrant violation of sovereignty, while in Washington U.S. officials wondered whether an ally that receives billions of dollars in American aid had been sheltering the world's most wanted man.
Top U.S. military commanders have specifically accused Pakistan of directly helping and waring militants within its boundaries of impending U.S. action.