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For June 15, 2011 – CIA informants arrested, Wisconsin upholds anti-union law, Arnold Schwarzenegger's housekeeper talks and Hugh Hefner is still single...
• Informants who led CIA to bin Laden arrested, official says: Pakistan's intelligence agency has arrested a person who rented a safe house to the CIA before American special forces killed Osama bin Laden, as well as suspected CIA informants, a source familiar with the arrests told CNN Wednesday."
• Wisconsin high court upholds anti-union law: "Wisconsin's top court Tuesday reinstated a contentious law that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most state employees. Opponents of the law said the fight will now be taken to those who supported it."
• Court upholds gay judge's ruling on Proposition 8: "A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay showed no evidence he was prejudiced in the case, according to a ruling Tuesday."
• Schwarzenegger housekeeper talks: "When the 13-year-old son of Arnold Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper found out the Terminator was his father, he answered with one word: "Cool!" That's what the housekeeper, Mildred Baena, tells HELLO! magazine, in what the British publication says will be her first and only interview on the subject."
• Hugh Hefner's fiancee calls off the wedding: "The third time apparently won't be the charm for Hugh Hefner. The Playboy founder, married twice before, confirmed via Twitter that his 25-year-old fiancée Crystal Harris has called off the couple's impending wedding." Back in February, Harris gushed about wedding details on "Piers Morgan Tonight."
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What the ignorant fools up on the Hill who know zilch about the region do not realize is that without Pakistan as the front line state on board with us, there is no way we can succeed in our fight against AlQaeda in Afghanistan. I have not mentioned Talibans because we are engaging in talks with them & UN is considering recognizing them as a political force.
They sacrificed almost 37,000 Pakistanis (military & civilians) during the past decade and counting in fighting this war with us and coping up with millions of Afgahn refugees. The gun culture, crime & violence this war brought to their country.
And all we seem to be telling them is "do more' & considering cutting off aid to them & such.
I am writing to you for a small request.
Now that most of the dust has settled with FIFA World Cup Bid, FIFA Corruption and also FIFA's proclaimed need for transparency, I believe it would be an excellent time to interview Sepp Blatter and other present/former members of the FIFA committee. I would love to know your thoughts on this and if these interviews would be possible.
I think you hold a little too much faith in Pakistan's interest in helping the US, ignorant fools on the Hill notwithstanding (as I agree with you there). Pakistan clearly dropped the ball in a big way, and that became obvious to the US the moment we heard bin Laden spent years in a luxury safe house just a jog down the road from their military academy. In the eyes of America, there are two ways to look at this.
1: Given that for years they overlooked the world's #1 most wanted terrorist living in their military's backyard, Pakistan is too incompetent to effectively aid the US in its war on terrorism. If such is the case, we are paying them billions of dollars in aid as compensation for a service they're no longer providing, and we should cut it all immediately. It can do much more good if used to buoy our floundering economy.
2: Pakistan did, in fact, know bin Laden was hiding within their borders and did absolutely nothing about it. In effect, they harbored an international criminal and interfered with a US investigation/manhunt, and they can no longer be considered a US ally.
Life-threatening incompetence or willful obstruction of justice...either way you look at it, it looks really, really bad for Pakistan. I will not ignore the help they've given us in the past in this fight, but the fact is that from this point forward, Pakistan should no longer be considered a US ally. Regardless of the motivation behind their mistake here, it was an inexcusable one.
Thanks @ Lefty
While I agree with you on the Bin Laden issue that does not negate the sacrifices Pakistanis have made in siding with us and the hardships the are undergoing for the past decade.
We must also not overlook the fact that had Osama not been living quietly in Pakistan his capture & deathwould still be elusive. Or would cost us lives and sustained efforts.
As for the billions of dollars of aid that you mention.That is a myth. Under the Kerry-Luger Bill passed in 2009 for an aid package of 6 billion dollars over 5 year period hardly 300 million have been paid to them.
Fatima Bhutto has more political insight that most Americans or Pakistani politician. This is one impressive young lady
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I don't think Pakistan can be trusted after the inexcusable so-called mistake.
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