Can the U.S. government trust Pakistan?

I picked up Defense Secretary-designate Leon Panetta’s comment via David Dayen at FriendlyFireDogLake:

In his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, CIA chief Leon Panetta tells TIME that U.S. officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets. Long before Panetta ordered Vice Admiral William McRaven, head of the Joint Special Forces Command, to undertake the mission at 1:22 p.m. on Friday, the CIA had been gaming out how to structure the raid. Months prior, the U.S. had considered expanding the assault to include coordination with other countries, notably Pakistan. But the CIA ruled out participating with its nominal South Asian ally early on because “it was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” Panetta says.

What is it telling you, when the U.S. had the goods that bin Laden was likely in that mansion in Abbottabad, but they weren’t about to let the Pakistanis in on what they knew?!

No wonder Congress, which is usually left out of the loop on top secret stuff, is angry today with the $3 billion we are pledging to give Pakistan, on top of the $13 billion they already got since 9/11.

If a country is going to be a so-called friend of America, you’d hope they’d actually be a true friend, and not a two-faced one. (Take our money and then laugh at us behind our back.)

I have met many Pakistanis and they are very nice. But I do think that their government has a problem with respecting Uncle Sammy. I think powerful people in some countries like to show their relative power over the people by screwing with American interests, and quite often, even with Americans if they can get away with it.

[More later.]

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