WASHINGTON, July 18 -
As stated in the report language of the bill, my amendment cuts $1.3 billion that is going specifically to Pakistan.
Pakistan seems to be the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies. They have proven to be deceptive and deceitful and a danger to the United States. Here is some of the evidence:
For the last 7 months, Pakistan closed down the southern supply route. The route transported about 40 percent of all NATO supplies into the country and to Afghanistan;
Pakistan still refuses to go after the terrorist sanctuaries in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Terrorist groups like the LET, the Pakistani Taliban, and al Qaeda frequently cross over into Afghanistan, kill our troops and then run back into Pakistan and hide where our troops cannot follow them;
On May 23, 2012, Pakistan sentenced the doctor who helped us get Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison. I thought getting the worldís No. 1 terrorist ñ the terrorist who killed thousands of Americans ñ was a good thing, but apparently, Pakistan prosecuted him;
In February 2012, a NATO report confirmed our suspicions: the ISI is aiding the Taliban and other extremist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan by providing resources, sanctuary, and training;
In June 2011, Pakistan tipped off terrorists making IEDs ñ not once, but twice ñ after we told them where the bomb-making factories were and asked Pakistan to go after them;
In 2011, Pakistan tried to cheat the United States by filling out bogus reimbursement claims for allegedly going after militants when they werenít doing that at all.
There is more.
On September 22, 2011, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee: ìWith ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our Embassy.î The truck bombing he mentions here wounded more than 70 U.S. and NATO allies and troops. Admiral Mullen went on to say: ìThe Haqqani Network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistanís Inter-Services Intelligence Agency.î
What more do we need to hear? Pakistan doesnít deserve American money. By the end of the fiscal year of 2011, Pakistan had had a total of $21.5 billion of American money since FY 2002. Mr. Chairman, I ask: Has American received its moneyís worth? The answer is no.
I want to address a couple of arguments Iíve heard from the other side: