What is our plan again?

I’m not going to comment much on these articles at this time but would ask you to read and digest the implications of these conflicting stories. 

(Reuters) – The United States will provide Pakistan with 85 small "Raven" drone aircraft, a U.S. military official told Reuters on Thursday, a key step to meeting Islamabad’s calls for access to U.S. drone technology.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pakistani news channel Wednesday that links between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence military spy agency and the Haqqani faction of the Taliban were continuing to strain relations between the countries.

Adm. Mullen’s comments to GEO TV, a private network, signal that the U.S. isn’t backing down from an increasingly hostile battle with Pakistan over how to combat Islamist militants who operate on the border with Afghanistan.

"We have strong reservations over the relations of elements of the ISI with the Haqqani network," Adm. Mullen said. He termed the …

WSJ online so you might not be able to get to the entire article

Similar article to the WSJ article above.

Hours after a top American military official said that ISI’s continued links with the militant Haqqani network are at the core of the strained US-Pak ties, Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has strongly rejected the notion calling it "negative propaganda". Kayani, in a statement, contended that Pakistan Army’s "ongoing operations (against militants) are a testimony of our national resolve to defeat terrorism".)

Kayani’s statement came after Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff who was on a visit to Pakistan on Wednesday, referred to the military-run ISI’s links to the Taliban faction led by militant commander Jalaluddin Haqqani that is based in the country’s North Waziristan tribal region.

"It’s fairly well known that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has a longstanding relationship with the Haqqani network and addressing the Haqqani network from my perspective is critical to the solution set in Afghanistan…that’s at the core — it’s not the only thing — but that’s at the core, that I think is the most difficult part of the relationship," he had said.

What does it mean?  Are we arming our enemies as we fight them?  Is this perhaps happening in other places.  Just asking..

Pakistan Army Exposed Pakistani

Steve Sack has some good cartoon at the Star Tribune.  Check them out.


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