Clinton: Pakistan ‘Part of the Problem’ in Afghanistan

Insists US Won't Abandon Pakistan Alliance

Speaking today at the Center for American Progress, Hillary Clinton insisted that the US has no choice but to continue with its alliance with Pakistan, even though she believes they “continue to be part of the problem” in neighboring Afghanistan.

The comments were the latest in a long line of US allegations against Pakistan, mostly vague accusations that it is Pakistan’s fault the decade-long occupation of Afghanistan hasn’t gone better for the US.

Tensions have been on the rise between the US and Pakistan for months, even to the point where Pakistani officials have expressed concern that the US may invade. They may be surprised to learn Clinton believes an alliance even still exists.

In the past few weeks, the US has accused Pakistan of controlling the Haqqani Network and ordering the attack on the US embassy in Kabul. At the same time, President Obama admitted there wasn’t good evidence to back up this claim.

Author: Jason Ditz

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