Managing America's 'complex' relationship with Pakistan
New strains following U.S. drone strikes
- Duration 3:41
- Date Apr 30, 2012
New strains following U.S. drone strikes
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-- something we didn't need new strains in our already shaky relationship with Pakistan -- that country condemns the recent US drone strike.
That killed three suspected terrorist.
And that happened just two weeks after Pakistan's parliament demanded that Washington and those kinds of attacks.
Well the deadly drone strike comes almost one year to the day after Navy SEALs raid inside Pakistan that you know killed Osama bin Laden.
Mike Baker joins us former.
-- Covert operations officer Mike great to see you thank you very much -- What choice do we have Mike we have to kill the terrorists or they're going to kill us at the same time we would like to have Pakistan's cooperation but we.
In the back of all our minds we think they knew that Osama bin Laden was living lavishly near a military base.
You know I've been looking -- -- and -- for dysfunctional trying to not -- that word -- we talk about this relationship with the -- -- -- over several decades now.
This is probably -- one of our most complex.
Foreign relationships to manage.
Both with the government the the politicians and military and also -- Intel service the ISI.
But as you pointed out really that that this strain and it's and it's -- -- low point now.
Looking back over the years the relationship between us in the Pakistan -- the strain really.
It kicked into high gear.
When we took out bin Laden at a very very embarrassing situation for the Pakistan -- -- it kind of made public.
This accusation of duplicity that -- been.
Labeling them on terms of their harboring or somehow sharing occasional motivations -- agenda.
With the extremists.
And then of course -- the continued drone strikes.
We just had this one on Sunday that you mentioned after a bit of -- we we held off for a few weeks.
And then this one on Sunday targeting members of the -- Connie network who had.
No surprise close down a -- school in North Waziristan and were using it for their own purposes.
Based on intelligence is a look like they were creating.
Plans and explosives preparing for another attack at possibly in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan.
Are -- missing is -- they've already spoken out they are not happy with us right now.
Do you -- President Obama credit for ordering those strikes -- just so close to the time that.
Pakistan's parliament said don't even think about it well it's.
-- did -- this is very complex and and we can spend the rest of the day talking about this but.
I I -- give.
The president the administration credit.
Four -- the that the quota for increasing the drone strikes really since 2009.
In part though when -- sitting in that big guys chair and you're reading the classified briefs and you're looking at the realities.
Hey you know you'd be hard pressed to find a lot of people short of severe hardened leftists.
-- who would say no we're not going to use -- drone program it's necessary and it works.
But then also -- you've got this issue related to rob the recent killing and this is kind of again part of the problem we're having with a Pakistani government.
There was an accidental.
Firing on border troops in along the border.
Killed about two dozen Pakistani border troops they are demanding a an apology.
Button were refusing to in part because again amid the the recent attacks in in in Afghanistan where we believe that those people came in from Pakistan.
But you could argue that -- this administration spent you know past couple of years apologizing in various ways overseas others so it's a little odd that they're digging their heels -- and not just issuing an apology right now -- -- -- could be a political element to that leading up to the election.
Right we know those drones help the CIA with the information Intel -- and we know those routes are important for NATO troops.
This is -- such a delicate issue Mike thanks for coming into weigh in on it -- thank you protect great to see you.