Impact of Afghanistan attacks on relations with Pakistan
KT McFarland weighs in
- Duration 3:58
- Date Apr 16, 2012
KT McFarland weighs in
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-- KT what do we do about Pakistan.
Well Pakistan is the real problem because -- -- two hands with one hand.
It takes some money and it says you -- need us to get your supplies through Afghanistan.
And you'll need us to help negotiate with the Taliban so you can get out of Afghanistan.
But what the other hand what are they they're -- they're supplying -- and her marine and give encouragement to the very Taliban's killing us that Connie network.
So I think that the situation with that Pakistan just -- points out the absurdity of a hole.
Entire situation in Afghanistan Pakistan if you were advising the president what would you say is the right response after.
-- -- days when that we just saw.
Well Arab first I've been to those places and Dominique is talking about -- -- -- forward operating bet -- -- you that's that's where I spent a good bit of time.
Several years ago I think it -- there's nothing much has changed nothing much is going to change between now in 2014.
Our military has done a brilliant job they've done everything we've asked seventh but we have failed to do two things.
The Karzai government remains corrupt and incompetent and Pakistan as -- -- has the safe havens.
I think what you say to the president is look we've given it our best we have gotten rid of al-Qaeda it is no longer in Afghanistan.
There's no reason for us to remain in Afghanistan.
And as far as Pakistan let's take the money that we're giving them with -- -- hands.
And use that money instead on intelligence gathering and potentially -- special forces.
Here at the end of the day we're gonna leave Afghanistan whether it's in 2000.
Thirteen or fourteen or whenever and are we going to -- continue to pay tens of billions of dollars to the Afghans.
To continue the Karzai government or its successor government I don't think so.
An -- as of the latest news cars I had yet to make a statement by the way on this this whole attack to your point now.
About the money the money's going Afghanistan the -- also going to Pakistan let's say we withdraw completely from Afghanistan in the next several years.
What about the money to Pakistan if we decide to take that money back what really truly would be the consequence of that.
Well in Afghanistan we're not going to continue to support Afghanistan -- the extent that we've been doing going to be -- You don't have to have billion dollars.
A week we're not gonna continue to get Afghanistan that kind of -- so when we withdraw there's going to be a real shock to their economy.
What ever happens in Afghanistan all the good things that we've done.
We're not going to be able to support that going forward certainly at an age of austerity at home at in Pakistan.
Why don't think what we do in Afghanistan matters a whole lot to what happens in Pakistan and the billions of dollars of tonight our senior living giving dad to Pakistan.
Use that money.
In another way issues that money with intelligence gathering is that money was special forces because as one diplomat told me from the region said that money is coming in to.
And one door and it's gone out the other door to Dubai and do and -- Swiss bank accounts and -- currently have can't McKinney doubled down on Pakistan not and the money but as far as far as the intelligence gathering he -- -- our forces closer to -- tribal areas can you actually going to Pakistan and root out the people there.
That are really doing the damaged well -- you can be primed to do that.
If that if you get to the point where you need to go into Pakistan what worries me more about Pakistan is not so much for her -- network in the trouble they're gonna across Afghanistan we leave.
It's a hundred nuclear weapons -- the terrorists who might.
Leave Afghanistan with some kind of nuclear nuclear materials -- -- and affect my country.
America and so that's why I say put more resources.
Into intelligence gathering in Afghan and Pakistan so that you know the disposition of those hundred nuclear weapons where are they whose fans -- -- because ultimately if they.
Becomes unstable and it becomes destabilized.
And some kind of Taliban or extremist group takes over in Pakistan or at least takes over some aspect of Pakistan's nuclear weapons we want to know where they are make sure they're not comment.
-- neighborhood near you stand he had definitely bigger picture for us there KG nice to see as always thank you.