US, Pakistan Officials Trade Accusations at Tense Conference

US, Pakistan Officials Trade Accusations at Tense Conference | Obama aide: ‘Unfair’ to complain about Afghan safezones for Taliban

The border may have opened earlier this month (though closed now for security reasons), but the relationship between the US and Pakistan remains far from rosy. A press conference today fueled yet more acrimony as a top Obama aide blasted Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman.

The two had been discussing cross border raids and Ambassador Rehman brought up the growing number of attacks against the Swat Valley from Pakistani Taliban operating in the Afghan Kunar Province, where very little attempt seems to be made to dislodge them.

The Obama aide, former Gen. Douglas Lute, expressed outrage at the statement, saying there is “no comparison” between Taliban crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan to launch attacks and Taliban crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan launching attacks, insisting it is “unfair” to even compare them.

Rehman scored her own points later in the talk, responding to Lute’s praise of Obama’s efforts along the border by slamming the ongoing US drone strikes against Pakistani territory, noting that it “adds to the pool of recruits we’re fighting against.”

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  • masmanz

    "It is unfair to even compare the two" . Why? Because Gen. Douglas Lute says so.

  • Dr.Khan

    End GAME or the beggining of the mother of all GAME….Syria……Iran…………..Pakistan.

    No matter what the wisdom say….that lots are on the war table.So be ready.

  • When is Pakistan going to give the Yanks their marching orders? Do they really want to end up like Iraq and Afghanistan?

    The U.S. can be likened to a termite colony. When they move in, soon there is nothing left except empty shells and depleted uranium.

    If you want your country destroyed, ring the White House!

  • Same story, different day.