Pakistan flagReports 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?

Comments (3)

Steve Fitzmaurice - August 17, 2011

It seems that all the aid we’ve given Pakistan has gotten us nowhere and hasn’t engendered any loyalty. Why should we continue foreign aid to a country like this? I’d rather we reduce taxes by the amount that we give them or use it to strengthen our military. Let China give away their money to these ingrates!

Brenton Battles - August 18, 2011

How about a “cash & carry” approach: specify monetary rewards for specific levels of cooperation. Keep a very sensitive hand on the money spigot. A Chinese look-see at the helicopter: Pakistan looses $500 million. Joint operation to eliminate terrorist enemy: $20 million each operation with a 5% bonus for every terrorist eliminated past the first two. Let the experts fill in the numbers . . .

Martha Dunn - August 18, 2011

Brenton’s “cash & carry” approach makes sense, so I can’t hope to see it ever come to be. Giving money away to buy friends is a losing proposition and our polliticians prefer to deal from a position of weakness. Perhaps it is due to their belief in the non-exceptionalism of the US that they feel a need to beg for friends.

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