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    American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his release



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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    I say no, no one forced him to go there, it was his choice

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Negotiate? No. However, this is a prime example of why I think pressure needs to be placed on Pakistan to either do something about this or we shut off all foreign aid to them.

    If they are indeed an ally, then they should do something about it. Otherwise, we are wasting our time with them.

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Negotiate? No. However, this is a prime example of why I think pressure needs to be placed on Pakistan to either do something about this or we shut off all foreign aid to them.

    If they are indeed an ally, then they should do something about it. Otherwise, we are wasting our time with them.
    Cutting ties with Pakistan would be dumb.

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Cutting ties with Pakistan would be dumb.
    No, pouring money into a country that is obviously NOT an ally is dumb.

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Cutting ties with Pakistan would be dumb.
    Yeah, we're kinda stuck with them at the moment

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    No, pouring money into a country that is obviously NOT an ally is dumb.
    The problem is that the govt isn't exactly a centralized united force, and you have these various interests working against each other and promoting opposing agendas. And as unfortunate as it is, if we have any agenda in the region, it needs to include the Paks

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    No, pouring money into a country that is obviously NOT an ally is dumb.
    Having influence or at least some exchange with a nuclear country is to our benefit. Isolating the people there would be creating another nK. It's a rogue semi autonomous terrorist region that even the Pakistani military does not want to play with. It's not like in the US where it would be, 'well, there he is'.

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Having influence or at least some exchange with a nuclear country is to our benefit. Isolating the people there would be creating another nK. It's a rogue semi autonomous terrorist region that even the Pakistani military does not want to play with. It's not like in the US where it would be, 'well, there he is'.
    well even within the govt you have the civilian authority, the military, and the ISI seemingly all working against each other and pursuing often contradictory goals. Which gives the place it's rather schizophrenic character

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    Re: American kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his rele

    He's an American citizen and it's a life at stake. We should do whatever we reasonably can to get him out alive. We've paid ransoms before we can do it again.

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