Why America Hates Pakistan (yet, has to like it)
Pick your poison. If Pakistan were a human being, it would be a scumbag or ripoff artist. Instead of helping remove the Taliban from their own country, they protect them by inaction, allowing them to thrive in the remote regions. They take advantage of their situation for purely financial gain. They use the pretext of war to extort money from those trying to help it because in their view America is rich, why not take advantage of them to make money to line our pockets. Their government is comprised of greedy thugs.
They want apologies ad nauseum for accidental killings from American and Pakistani errors. They want thousands of dollars per container that are trucked into or from Afghanistan using the road from Karachi. The price has gone from $200 a container to over $3000. Bandits and thugs. They whine about US drones taking action without consultation, well, what do you expect when your partner is so crooked and lame to take action themselves? It is a war, or they view differently, as in extortion and robbery of a rich ally.
Let's not forget Americans had given them billions in aid. The key word is "given". It is a gift or bribe, if you will, to buy Pakistani cooperation. What does the government do? They want more via extortion by closing the supply road. Before the road closed, 5000 trucks per month used the road. Even at $200 a truck, that is a nice profit when the road is just dirt with holes. The US has even offered to pave the road of 1000 miles to get them to reduce the extorted fee being asked (along with yet another stupid apology!). So far, they are playing the waiting game.
Pakistan officials are low life criminals. They are content to wait until the US begins withdrawing from Afghanistan and the need for the road is paramount in two-four months. They feel they have the US behind the "eight ball" because the only other road is through former Russian republics that President Putin has influence over (another extortionist).
What makes it worse is that both the US and Pakistan have presidential elections this fall and neither wants to appear weak or giving in because it could cost them the election. This is more true in Pakistan, which as bad as it is now, it would really be bad for the US. The Pakistanis feel the northern route is more costly and plan just to wait the Americans out until need is worth the price.
With friends like Pakistan, American taxpayers are getting reamed.
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