So far, President Obama has been careful not to directly accuse Pakistan's government of aiding Osama bin Laden prior to the raid in which he was killed. But given the relatively prominent location of his compound, it's clear that someone within the country had to have known where he was and kept it a secret for a long time.
Which raises the question: If it is determined that Pakistan's government played a role in sheltering bin Laden, how should America respond?
Pakistan has received over 20 billion dollars in military and other aid from the U.S. just since 2002. Yet it's also a country that has provided continuing safe haven for numerous Taliban and other radical Islamist militant groups during that same time. Our current alliance with them is a stabilizing factor within that troubled region, but where does foreign aid end and blackmail begin?
Personally, I think it's naïve to believe the Pakistani governemnt didn't play some role in sheltering bin Laden. That's why I think President Obama was smart not to inform the Pakistanis of the raid on bin Laden's hideout in advance.
If Pakistan's government DID provide aid to bin Laden, I think they should pay a serious price.
But what should it be? A total cutoff of financial aid? Military action to unseat the current leaders? Or something else?
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.