Should America Publicly Apologize to Pakistan?
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?