Do US and Pakistan have the same objectives?
National security expert weighs in
- Duration 4:36
- Date May 24, 2012
National security expert weighs in
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Information now on a deadly attack near the Pakistan Afghan border or a report of this attack.
Pakistani intelligence says this that is suspected US drone.
Fired two missiles killing ten reported militants.
Throws strikes now -- increasingly contentious issue Pakistan's parliament recently called for an end to all our drone strikes.
Inside their country in fact.
That country Pakistan making it a key demand.
In exchange for reopening is very important NATO supply routes are so close at this accident Yates as a former deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs in.
-- -- Stephen back in January the Defense Secretary I sat down sixty minutes and he said that Pakistan -- the United States have the same goal.
To go out and get the bad guys to get the terrorists -- would do we have the same -- -- Pakistan and those that are reading Pakistan's government.
I think the secretary was saying when he needed to say but I think common sense Americans can question.
Whether we and Pakistan have the same objectives that we just look.
Simplistic glee at what's happened over recent years with the Osama bin Laden capture and kill and having -- -- in Pakistan for so long.
And it's the bitter differences about their willingness to.
It could impede our ability to conduct -- the operations in Afghanistan.
And to basically try to extract at coal.
A price from us in order to have access to what should be stabilizing -- -- just a TV interest me so I think of fundamental -- look at a US Pakistan relations is in order.
Because right now they call them an ally.
-- that's happened right at bridge in your opinion are today.
They do not behave as an ally in my view.
And I think that we have again we have to look very fundamentally at what our interest.
The administration handle a lot of Americans have focused somewhat myopic -- on getting out of Afghanistan.
As worthy of that objective is.
Pakistan poses a lot of dangers and the president owes us a real strategy for shaping events in Pakistan so today we really haven't had -- Let me ask you a little bit about how you you get -- that strategy let's talk about the drones just for moment here again the reports today this is the second consecutive day.
-- drone strikes you know it as well as I knew Stephen that it can be tapped you.
Confirm these drone strikes whether or -- -- successful they hit their targets.
So do the drones.
Do they do more harm than good -- to the ends justified the means should this be part of our strategic.
Policy when it comes to Pakistan -- the drones -- here's day.
I think there are important but -- tactical they don't address the ideology that fuels our enemy they don't gather intelligence on the enemy and they don't answer broader questions.
About what we're trying to achieve in Pakistan or with any other geography -- like Yemen where were also to point them.
Administrations made very clear this is a key part of their arsenal in the fight against al-Qaeda.
It's less clear what they will do to address the broader issues say like the level of aid that congress has been very uneasy with and Pakistan continuing to receive.
And strategically what is achievable in dealing with this country with a fragile economy.
Even more fragile polity in strategic interest that I think at times.
Hostile -- -- you know is it -- -- to bring in -- other -- that we have all this up time and attention energy place in Iran.
And despite party plus one talks that are happening now with Iran in their nuclear program Pakistan as we know we don't know how many nuclear weapons they have -- -- our nuclear country.
And we're not having these big high high level talks with Pakistan Stevens still -- -- Share policy -- heavy work towards a more comprehensive policy when it comes to Pakistan and perhaps some more updated one.
As as you're implying.
-- I think you begin with rethinking about what our expectations should be in a country like Pakistan and there's -- something fundamentally wrong.
In Pakistan if you look at the neighboring geography in India Gujarat has a chief minister who's been in office for more than a decade -- a successfully economy.
Has a lot of international investment he's our neighboring geography is why is one.
Much more successful and stable and Pakistan is fraught with so many perilous problems.
-- -- need to have some -- comparative perspective on what we should expect even demand in terms of deliverables from back from Pakistan.
I think we also need to go back to what was talked about in the Republican primary.
Zero basis for aid and then justify where do we go from there doesn't mean it stays at zero but there needs to be real accountability.
And real results tied to the aid that we provide.
And we'll see what happens that this moving head -- the constant discussion PC keeps coming up every couple weeks.
And and will continue to watch to see if we -- real change on the horizon at a conservative nation with Pakistan I -- -- nice to have you as always thank you so much for joining us.
Thank you -- bullish.