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September 20, 2012

Rand Paul: End All Aid To Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya

Good piece, but I have to say, I'm not sure Libya is like the other two.

The government of Libya seemed very apologetic about the attack. The attack seems more about the US government's deadly negligence than theirs.

Egypt and Pakistan, on the other hand, are clearly Friends of Terrorism.

He has three specific demands made of these countries; he's not proposing, a la his father, a simple end to aid on principle.

From Libya he wants all suspects turned over to us.

From Egypt he wants a promise to protect our embassies.

And from Pakistan...

By now my colleagues in the Senate are familiar with the tragic story of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi. Since Dr. Afridi was taken into custody by Pakistani officials in May 2012, I have been fighting for his release. I have also been working for a vote on a bill that would cut foreign aid to Pakistan until they free this ally of America.

In the weeks leading up to that attack on the compound by SEAL Team 6, there was a doctor in Pakistan who helped us determine Osama bin Laden’s exact location. Dr. Afridi risked his own life to provide the American military with intelligence that confirmed the particular location of the bin Laden compound. The information provided by Dr. Afridi directly led to bin Laden’s death.

Dr. Afridi remains under arrest and has been subject to torture. If Pakistan wants to be our ally — and receive foreign aid — then they should act like it, and they must start by releasing Dr. Afridi.

No action was taken to help Dr. Afridi or spirit him out of the country. Obama announced "We got him" and then everyone began leaking like crazy, and then this guy winds up being tortured and jailed for, effectively, life.



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