Arm the local pantywaist

Posted in War On Terror at 7:58 am by George Smith

Big arms transfer to Pakistan was always an atrocious idea.

Now it looks worse. Here’s the big pitch, somewhere in Washington:

Let’s sell even more American kit to a military with the most sissy reluctant soldiers and corrupt incompetent generals in the world. We launched an attack into the city that was the retirement home for them and, if they saw it coming, had no taste for the fight.

[All the retired generals who are now lobbyists/employees of Northrop, Raytheon, Lockheed, etc — applaud.]

And they have some widdle nuclear weapons. It’s so sweeet.

Yet another example of a protected social jobs program for US arms manufacturing, serving only mostly insane ends.

From the wires:

Pakistani commandos have regained control of a naval base after more than 17 hours of fighting with Taliban gunmen, in an attack that raised questions about Pakistan’s ability to defend itself from militants.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Monday that 10 security personnel and 14 others were wounded in the brazen attack on the base in the southern port city of Karachi.

Pakistan’s military was ridiculed and accused of complicity in the media on Tuesday after a small group of militants laid siege to a naval air base, holding out for 16 hours against about 100 commandos and rangers.

As few as six militants infiltrated the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi, the headquarters of Pakistan’s naval air wing …

It’s now fairly obvious what would have happened if the US military had engaged the Pakistani military in the raid to get bin Laden. It would have destroyed a good chunk of the kit the US government has sold them in the last ten years.

Although the western press hasn’t picked this up, the Pakistani military is so poor it has resorted to planting stories in that country’s press that we used non-existent electromagnetic pulse weapons on them.

How else to explain, except through techno-magic in the hands of the foe, your glaring weakness?

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