has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic
aid to Pakistan
that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over
the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani
Officials and congressional aides
said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again.
American and NATO supply routes to Afghanistanare open. Controversial U.S. drone
strikes are down. The U.S.
recently announced the restart of their "strategic dialogue" after a
long pause. Pakistan's new
prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is traveling to Washington for talks this coming week with President Barack Obama.
But in a summer dominated by
foreign policy debates over the coup in Egypt
and chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the U.S. hasn't promoted its revamped aid
relationship with Pakistan.
Neither has Pakistan.
The silence reflects the lingering
mutual suspicions between the two.
The Pakistanis do not like being
seen as dependent on their heavy-handed partners. The Americans are
uncomfortable highlighting the billions provided to a government that is
plagued by corruption and perceived as often duplicitous in fighting terrorism.
Congress has cleared most of the
money, and it should start moving early next year, officials and congressional
Over three weeks in July and
August, the State Department and the
U.S. Agency for International
Development informed Congress that it planned to restart a wide range of
assistance, mostly dedicated to helping Pakistan fight terrorism. The U.S. sees that effort sees as essential as it
withdraws troops from neighboring Afghanistan next year and tries to
leave a stable government behind.
Agency for International Development
Shah is the administrator for the U.S.
Agency for International Development, was the under secretary for research,
education & economics at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for the Barack
Obama administration, and the director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
M. Fudge is the U.S.
program advisory panel chair for the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation, and a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
H. Daalder was a senior fellow at the Brookings
Institution (think tank), and is the U.S. permanent representative for NATO.
Kerry is an honorary trustee at the Brookings
Institution (think tank), and married to John F. Kerry.
F. Kerry is married to Teresa Heinz
Kerry, and the secretary at the U.S.
Department of State for the Barack
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is an honorary
trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American
Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP,
and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Valerie B. Jarrett
is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great
niece, the senior adviser for the Barack
Obama administration,and a
member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial
Club of Chicago,
and an honorary trustee at the Brookings
Institution (think tank).
Olson Jr. was a U.S.
ambassador for the United Arab Emirates, and is the U.S. ambassador for Pakistan.
Holbrooke was a special envoy to Pakistan & Afghanistan,
assistant secretary at the U.S.
Department of State for the Barack
Obama administration, a director at the Atlantic Council of the United
States (think tank), and married to Kati Marton.
Grossman was a special representative for Pakistan & Afghanistan, the under secretary for the U.S. Department of State, and a
director at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Marton was married to Richard C.
Holbrooke, and the Human Rights
Society Foundations was a funder for the Atlantic Council of the United
States (think tank), and the Human Rights Watch.
Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, and a benefactor
for the NPR.
to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, the NPR,
Amnesty International, the Brookings Institution (think tank), and
the Aspen Institute (think tank).
is supporting the Syrian Electronic Army
a hacker group, and the president of Syria.
& Melinda Gates Foundation was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Holsman Fore is a trustee at the Aspen
Institute (think tank), a member of the Belizean Grove, was an administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the director of U.S.
foreign assistance for the U.S.
Department of State.
is the equivalent to the male-only social group, the Bohemian Club.
Bush is a member of the Bohemian Club, and a friend of Bandar bin Sultan.
Bandar bin Sultan
is a friend of George H.W. Bush, was
a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the United
Henry A. Kissinger is a member of the Bohemian Club, a director at the
American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was a lifetime trustee at
the Aspen Institute (think tank), the secretary for the U.S. Department of State, and a 2008 Bilderberg
conference participant (think tank).
Shah was the director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the
under secretary for research, education & economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Barack Obama administration, and is the
administrator for the U.S. Agency for
E. Smith was the chief of staff for the U.S. Agency for International Development, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and is a co-founder
for the Enough Project.
is an affiliated project with the Center
for American Progress.
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