Stopping Aid to Pakistan the Correct Action

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from The Jacksonville Daily News President Donald Trump's first tweet of 2018, directed at Pakistan, was predictably clumsy and combative. "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit," Trump huffed.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" As is often the case, the tweet is fact-challenged -- $14 billion of that money was actually post-9/11 reimbursements to Pakistan for its support of U.S. anti-terrorism initiatives and operations in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, the spirit of Trump's remarks is on the mark. For years, Pakistan has played a double game with its anti-terrorism efforts. At times, it has been helpful in ferreting out al-Qaida operatives and launched military offensives against its homegrown threat, the Pakistani Taliban.


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