Boehner: Keep Aiding Pakistan. Allen West: No, Don't.

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
May 3 2011 4:41 PM

Boehner: Keep Aiding Pakistan. Allen West: No, Don't.

The freshman and 22-year vet, who was profiled by the New York Times over the weekend, becomes the Republican who's given the longest argument for cutting off aid to Pakistan in the wake of the bin Laden raid.

It is not unreasonable for the American people to question if Osama bin Laden was located on government controlled land, next to a military academy, and so close to the nation's Capital. What real assistance was the Pakistan Government providing for the last 10 years to locate the al-Qaeda leader and bring him to justice?  

Since the September 11th terrorist attack, the United States Government has provided an estimated $20 billion of assistance to the Government of Pakistan.  Questions are arising on whether the Government of Pakistan may have aided and abetted this most wanted international terrorist.

I think it is quite clear that unless we get a clear explanation of what the Government of Pakistan knew about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, all foreign aid from American taxpayers to this nation needs to cease. We need to understand whether the Government of Pakistan was harboring Osama bin Laden for all these years.  Further, did the Government of Pakistan always know where this terrorist was but instead did not want to bring him to justice in order to continue to receive foreign aid from the United States of America.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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