Friday, September 21, 2012

Rep. Congressman Poe wants to end Pakistan's ally status

The Texas congressman has proposed a bill that would take away Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, saying the country’s “treachery” has led to the deaths of too many American men and women.
“It’s time to break with Pakistan,” Poe said Friday when introducing the bill. “Pakistan is the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. It’s time to remove a designation that brings privileges it does not deserve.”
Short of revoking Pakistan’s ally status, Poe thinks the United State should at least stop giving the county quick access to sophisticated U.S. weaponry.
He is not the first Republican lawmaker in recent days to propose legislative punishment for Pakistan.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul last week unsuccessfully tried to pass an amendment to cut off aid to Pakistan, saying the U.S. doesn’t have the money, especially for a country that has imprisoned one of its own citizens, Dr. Shakil Afridi, despite his help capturing Usama bin Laden.
Poe’s legislation stands a better chance of at least getting passed by his chamber, considering Republicans control the House.
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