Why are we selling F-16s to Pakistan?

Author:Granados, Luis
Position:Up Front

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." This definition, often attributed to Albert Einstein, applies quite well to the Obama administration's obsession with giving away our tax money to the Muslim failed state of Pakistan.

The latest episode is a bill whose title says it will provide "humanitarian aid" to Pakistan. Buried within it is a proposal to sell Pakistan eight more F-16 fighter jets--one of the most lethal machines on the planet. And not just sell them--the bill will make taxpayers subsidize the sale as well. Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) had a field day with a State Department representative in a hearing last December over how exactly an F-16 qualifies as humanitarian aid. The video is pretty amusing--or it would be, if it weren't for all the other images of Pakistan we've seen, like those of the March 27 bombing that killed seventy-three people at a Christian Easter picnic. The bombers selected a children's park as their target.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was able to force a roll call vote on stripping all F-16 sales from the bill. He lost, 71-24, with both the Obama administration and the Senate Republican leadership aligned against him. But the roll call makes for interesting reading. The twenty-four senators who voted against more F-16s for Pakistan were evenly split, twelve Republicans and twelve Democrats. It's not often you see Charles Grassley (R-LA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) lined up on the same side of a controversial issue, but they were together on this one.

Paul's stand was not entirely in vain. Another bipartisan team, comprised of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), is exercising a senatorial privilege to place a "hold" on the taxpayer subsidy part of the plan. "Prohibiting a taxpayer subsidy sends a much-needed message to Pakistan that it needs to change its behavior," said Corker.

The behavior that troubles Corker most is Pakistan's continuing backchannel support for the Haqqani terror network wreaking so much havoc in Afghanistan. As he wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, "After years of pressuring the Pakistanis on this point, the Haqqani terrorists still enjoy freedom of movement, and possibly even support from the Pakistani government... many Pakistani activities are immensely problematic and point to a duplicitous partner, moving sideways rather than forward in resolving regional challenges." When the U.S. finally located Osama...

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