Pakistan Seeks More U.S. Military Aid
Prime Minister Gillani Petitions Envoy for Drone Technology, Real-Time Data
By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, July 23, 2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 22 — Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on Wednesday called on the United States to provide real-time intelligence, unmanned aircraft technology and other military assistance to help his country combat the Taliban without relying on attacks from U.S. drones.
Gillani raised the issue with Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, who is on his fourth visit here since becoming the U.S. envoy to the region, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office. Pakistan has asked before for the capability to carry out its own drone strikes, so as to avoid the public outcry that regularly follows attacks by U.S. unmanned aircraft.
Why don’t we just say it’s their technology and continue to run the hardware from Kansas? Who knows what windows the Pakistani government might like to fly through?
This is exactly the kind of deal the CIA just wets its pants to get into, the same thinking that had (and has) us facing our own Stinger anti-aircraft weaponry from those bad old days supporting bin Laden against Russia in Afghanistan. “Oh goody, let’s just give them the weapons and they’ll do the fighting.”
Three (or five or ten) years from now, when a Drone flies in the window of the Oval Office, we can all wring or hands and wonder how that ever happened.