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Pakistan has a Military ?

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pakistan-launch-ground-offensive-crush-taliban-sources-n40951

    I always thought that the Pakistan military was weak, paid off, afraid to challenge the Taliban. Apparently with US encouragement (Don't forget we give them much money - and for what ?) the Pakistani military is now talking about attacking the Taliban in the lawless northern regions. This would happen of course with US assistance. It would be nice to see someone challenging the crazy Taliban who have never had to answer to anyone. Said to be happening within the next two weeks...... I would suggest it happening in the next 5 days to catch them off guard. Hopefully our Afgan troops can offer pressure from the North so the Taliban can't just run and hide. 30 helicopter gun ships patrolling from the North would be a valuable assist. I must admit this story caught me by surprise.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    A few thoughts...

    Why is it a good idea to publicly declare what/when/where your future military actions are going to be?
    I think "Spring Offensives" are fashionable in that part of the world, so it was probably to be expected.
    If the US military killed a bunch of the bad guys and couldn't win the war, why would anyone think that Pakistan can do it?
    If Pakistan wins this "battle" does that mean we can declare victory and everyone can then go home?

    This story is probably just a PR campaign more than anything.

    Look at the key phrase ..."the Pakistani military is now talking about attacking"... Talking, huh? The Taliban doesn't seem to do a lot of talking, they take action.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Guess who created the mess on the Pakistan border? What about our drones etc, Running into Pakistan to get Osama Bin Laden etc.
    Then we have our convoys bringing equipment to Afghanistan through Pakistan.For which we "pay" someone. Sorry to say we messed up a whole region; sure there were some tribal issues since the beginning of times in that area; but as I said before the more we irritate people who hate our guts, the more they will resist; the taliban will regroup somewhere else is the only result. Do not forget the drug trade; this plays a huge role; just ask Karzai; he'll make sure our troops get home with a lot of the "white" stuff on their teeth. !! So that northern border area will remain in turmoil; the US probably promised again some money to someone to make that Pakistany statement, as they did with Karzai all the time.
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    Shall I point out the fact that there has been problems on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1973? Or the fact that the United States didn't get involved in Pakistan/Afghanistan relations until 1979, after the former USSR did? Nah, no point, Dutch would call it revisionist history or say I'm wrong. Much easier for someone from Europe to blame the US for the worlds problems.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    I seriously hope the Pakistani military kicks the Taliban's ass. They have no redeeming qualities and they never do anything good. If they spent 3 days a year helping anyone, maybe someone might see them as worth something. I don't expect they'll defeat or stop the Taliban but if they kill or arrest a couple dozen, it's a step in the right direction. I agree announcing the planned attack was stupid. It's time for the Pakistani govt. to finally do something positive as well.