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Should America Publicly Apologize to Pakistan?

Updated on May 18, 2012

You know, President Obama is alienating many Americans for a wide variety of reasons. For me, it was not the gay issue, it is not the immigration issue. It is about how he tries to acquiesce to lesser nations via diplomacy. Instead of standing his ground, under pressure, he starts to barter that ultimately benefits other nations.

Take Iran, the first round of talks was last month. It ended with absolutely nothing more than getting Iran to agree to have another one due next week. In order to get Iran to agree to meet again, he allowed Iran to continue enriching its uranium for a nuclear bomb to 20%. Thus, for the past 30 days, their 3000 centrifuges in the underground site located Fodor, have been spinning feverishly. Some think Iran has enough enriched uranium for a dirty bomb already. What other stupid deal does he plan to make to get Iran to cooperate, when in reality, they are buying time.

Now there is Pakistan, out so-called ally in the war against terrorism. Pakistan is playing America for a fool and reaping billions for it. Ha, ha, ha. So, six months ago, US forces accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, each earning $30 a month, along the undefined Afghanistan border. On Nov. 26, 2011, the US formerly announced "regret" for it. That should be the end of it. Pakistan then retaliated by closing down the roads leading from Pakistan to Afghanistan forcing the US to find alternate supply routes for the troops. In good times, Pakistan was paid $200 per container moved via its roads. In 2011, the US moved 35,000 of them via Pakistan. Now, Pakistan will reopen the roads BUT charge $6000 per container subject to a "public apology". The "regret" expressed last year, although was public, is still not sufficient. On Dec. 21, the Pentagon made a public apology.

The Obama administration is considering having our president publicly apologize to the Pakistani people. Why? So Pakistan will reopen the roads and hope the per container charge will remain at $200. I think Pakistan will accept the apology and still charge $6000 a container.

This simply berates America by a third world country. Obama is worried that such an apology will damage his re-election chances. You think?


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      perrya 6 years ago

      yes, foreign aid will always be a gamble, and that is just what it is. We are buying friendships with pakistan, yet they continue to appear ungrateful. I am sure what happened in Egypt with US aid is happening in Pakistan and many other places.

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      immigrationhelp 6 years ago

      This is a great discussion to have as a nation. Unfortunately people get way too emotion and personal. Disagreements are a great way to learn from each other, if we can only stay calm.

      I wonder why we suck up to third world countries. Obama is not the only president who did that. Bush did it too, and so did his predecessors. Is there more to it than we know? We gave billions in aid to Egypt for decades, and resented Egyptians for being ungrateful and Anti-American. Then we found out after the fall of Mubarak that a majority of that aid came back to the US in the form of defense contracts. We also found out that Mubarak used our military hardware to oppress his own people, keep them subjugated, stole money from his own nation, and a lot of that money wound up here as investments. Whenever dictators like Gaddafi fall, we find out he has tens of billions in assets in the US. So I wonder if there’s more to our foreign aid than we know. I wonder how much our economy is truly dependent on their investment, and what will happen if we completely shut them off. Americans overwhelmingly oppose foreign aid, yet the money keeps flowing out and our government keeps making up excuses for it. I know this hub wasn’t about foreign aid, but I think the topic is related.

      Not sure what to make up of Iran though, and the same with North Korea. When NK bombed a disputed island in the South and killed scores of innocent South Korean civilians, we did absolutely nothing. When NK sunk a South Korean navy ship and killed scores of people, we did nothing. These are acts of wars, yet we asked them to just play nice, just like we are doing with Iran. Again, I wonder if there is more to this than the public knows.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Josak-then, the US should apologize 24 times and keep doing it and allow Pakistan to charge the transit fee to $6000 a container? At what hat point would you take the US side?

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      Jimmy 6 years ago

      Each year approx 200,000 people disappear in the U.S. Some show up in large cities as transients or homeless people. Some simply run away from home and start a new life in a new city. However…many are never found and one possible theory is that they’re kidnapped by aliens! Some of the stories about Dulce New Mexico and other locations suggest large scale hives of aliens working along side humans in experiments on humans among other things. Row upon row of vats with human parts and cages with people inside have been described by the few guards and people that successfully ran from this place. Whether or not there’s any truth to this can be determined only after the “they and them” in the government come clean and allow others to go to these sites and report back to the rest of us. Why are these secret bases on Indian reserves? Read about the “greada treaty” of 1954 and know that this meeting with 3 alien craft was filmed and is shown to every newly elected president so Obama must know about them. Look it up and be advised…you won’t like what you read. Why are there 131 underground bases in the US and where did they get the money….your money….to build these bases? Why is it that somebody’s been building underground tunnels connecting them…since 1954 up to and including today? Find out about the “Delta Force” which guards these bases and find a copy of the executive order that created such a force and see what it says. Who pays for them…with your money? What government body oversees these kind of things and who is responsible for them?? Just how much does the president of the US know about alien contact and why is it that nobody ever asks him about such knowledge? The president cannot affect the world’s financial crisis but he can stop the funding and acknowledge to the world that alien contact was made a long time ago. Make you congressman accountable for these answers and don’t vote for anyone who makes out that they don’t have any knowledge of these kind of things. That would be a lie if they’re running for re-election. It’s time we know the truth and it’s time you set the real priorities for spending your money. We can no longer afford to turn away from knowing the truth.

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      Josak 6 years ago from variable

      I find that callousness mind blowing, those are twenty four innocent allied lives. I wonder how their families feel. I don't think you can ever apologize enough for killing twenty plus allied soldiers, to suggest one apology is somehow /more/ than enough is...

      Anyway sorry for intruding on your hub, I'm done.

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      libby1970 6 years ago from KY

      I think one apology is enough! They're using it for all it's worth!

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Yes, once is more than enough, Pakistan is just playing us.

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      Josak 6 years ago from variable

      Do you think the US would be OK with an allied country killing 24 of our soldiers then suggested that they had already apologized once and so were even?

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Maybe, we already said sorry.

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      Josak 6 years ago from variable

      What do you think the public reaction would be if a foreign military accidentally killed 24 American soldiers? I doubt that military would be allowed near our country for years to come and damn right we would expect an apology and compensation.


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