August 16, 2011
Reports that Pakistani officials have given the Chinese access to a downed U.S. helicopter should come as no surprise to anyone
The Heritage Foundation’s Lisa Curtis explains the writing on the wall:
Pakistan is neither an ally nor an enemy to the U.S.—rather, Pakistan has entirely different security objectives from the U.S. in Afghanistan and in fighting terrorists more broadly. The sooner U.S. policymakers come to grips with this reality, the better chance America has of achieving its objectives in the region.
The helicopter was left behind in Pakistan following the U.S. military’s raid on Osama bin Laden on May 2. And Pakistanis even hinted to the U.S. that they would share it with the Chinese, so reports that they have should really come as no shock.
It should, however, force the U.S. to reevaluate whether it should be sending large amounts of security aid to a country that is increasingly taking a defiant posture toward the U.S.
What do you think? How should the United States deal with Pakistan in the future?