Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A liberals-eye view of national security and of the Haqqani network!

Who and what is the Haqqani network and what is its relationship to the ISI and the government in Pakistan?

Before presenting an article that describes the dangerous and illogical way in which the left views US national security, this is a brief description of the Haqqani network from the website of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill) .

Just yesterday the Taliban claimed control of the group and stated that the Pakistani government plays no role. The last time I checked, however, we don't get our credible information from Taliban statements.

The Haqqani network

"Since 2001, the United States has steadily worn down the operational resources and capabilities of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. A strategy of ground, air, and special operations efforts is yielding significant successes in Afghanistan. Despite our successes against these two adversaries, a new face of terror in Afghanistan is emerging. The Haqqani network, whose origins lie in the anti-Soviet resistance, supported the construction of training and operational facilities in Eastern Afghanistan for the mujahedeen that were later used by al-Qaeda. In 1995 the network was recruited by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to support the Taliban and its fight to establish an Islamic fundamentalist regime. As a result of this longstanding relationship, the ISI continues to view the Haqqani network as its most reliable regional proxy.

The Haqqani network and its attacks against U.S., Afghan, and allied interests continue to receive support from the ISI in support of this goal. The ISI protects and finances Haqqani’s activities, and provides it sanctuary in Haqqani’s hometown of Miram Shah in North Waziristan. The ISI also provides the Haqqani network advance warning of drone attacks against its leadership and operations in North Waziristan, most recently against its bomb-making facilities in Western Pakistan. The Haqqani network’s expansion into Kurram Agency, a strategic Pakistani province only 90 kilometers from Kabul and beyond the scope of a majority of US drone activities has gone unchecked by the Pakistani government. There is some evidence to suggest that Pakistani military intervention in Kurram Agency has actually aided the expansion and stabilization of a sanctuary for Haqqani operations. In exchange for this active support, the Haqqani network serves as a proxy force and trusted mediator for Pakistani interests in Afghanistan, and within Pakistan itself..." (More here)

Is the Haqqani Network an orchestrated threat being conjured up by the US government as the pretense for going to war with Pakistan, as the article below suggests?

Or, does the Haqqani Network pose the same level threat as al-Qaeda did with the difference being that this group is acting in concert with a government possessing a nuclear arsenal?

The answer is that Pakistan is potentially a huge US national security problem from a variety of different angles, not the least of which are its ties to Islamic extremists and the probable presence of these Islamic extremists up and down the organizational chart of the Pakistani government! would like you to think that the Haqqani network is simply the ammunition to be used for an invasion of Pakistan!

"Have you ever before heard of the Haqqanis? I didn’t think so. Like Al Qaeda, about which no one had ever heard prior to 9/11, the “Haqqani Network” has popped up in time of need to justify America’s next war--Pakistan.

President Obama’s claim that he had Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden exterminated deflated the threat from that long-serving bogyman. A terror organization that left its leader, unarmed and undefended, a sitting duck for assassination no longer seemed formidable. Time for a new, more threatening, bogyman, the pursuit of which will keep the “war on terror” going.

Now America’s “worst enemy” is the Haqqanis. Moreover, unlike Al Qaeda, which was never tied to a country, the Haqqani Network, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a “veritable arm” of the Pakistani government’s intelligence service, ISI. Washington claims that the ISI ordered its Haggani Network to attack the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13 along with the US military base in Wadak province.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services committee and one of the main Republican warmongers, declared that “all options are on the table” and gave the Pentagon his assurance that in Congress there was broad bipartisan support for a US military attack on Pakistan.

As Washington has been killing large numbers of Pakistani civilians with drones and has forced the Pakistani army to hunt for Al Qaeda throughout most of Pakistan, producing tens of thousands or more of dislocated Pakistanis in the process, Sen. Graham must have something larger in mind.

The Pakistani government thinks so, too. The Pakistani prime minister,Yousuf Raza Gilani, called his foreign minister home from talks in Washington and ordered an emergency meeting of the government to assess the prospect of an American invasion.

Meanwhile, Washington is rounding up additional reasons to add to the new threat from the Haqqanis to justify making war on Pakistan: Pakistan has nuclear weapons and is unstable and the nukes could fall into the wrong hands; the US can’t win in Afghanistan until it has eliminated sanctuaries in Pakistan; blah-blah..." (Read more here)

If the enemy wasn't problem enough!

So are the Pakistani government, the ISI and the Haqqani network merely a figment of the war mongerers imagination or do they pose a clear and present danger to the United States and our true friends and allies?

The answer is clear but there will always be those who are simply too blind to see!

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