I see what you're saying and agree. I was trying to rush and put the issue in as vague as possible terms as I could. I could have gone in-depth but figured the opposition wouldn't listen so why put forth the effort and those that agree I would be preaching to the choir. A little lazy I now but...
Being complicit and being coerced are two separate things though.
From what has been discussed, the President plans to detail how he will use his executive powers, and the unilateral powers of regulatory agencies like the EPA to carry out his orders.
If this is true, it would seem he is not interested in engaging Congress, or the will of the citizens of this country regarding this issue.
That would seem to answer the Bully question.
To her Wall Street owners: Hillary Clinton: “But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. so, you need both a public and a private position.” - Hillary Clinton: "I'm kind of far removed from the struggles of the Middle Class"
I confess, I did it, I let the dogs out.
We pay the Pakistani Government absolutely obscene amounts of money in order to make use of their ports and road ways so that we can keep our troops in Afghanistan supplied. If they wanted to, they could severely undermine the war effort by closing those routes, and by using the Taliban as a proxy force against us, as they did with the Mujahideen against the Soviets in the 1980s.
They don't necessarily have to help us, after all. We lack the political will and strategic postioning necessary to act against them in any military sense at the present moment if they were to side against us.
On the other hand, however; their highly corrupt and unstable government is basically only being kept afloat by US military and financial aid, and there are quite a few radical Islamic groups operating in Pakistan which would like to topple the existing regime just as badly as they would ever like to oust US forces from Afghanistan.
As such, they don't really mind allowing us to use our drones to help take out the occassional high value target so long as it keeps that money flowing, and saves them from having to do the dirty work themselves. They simply prefer that we keep things discrete so that they can save face with the highly anti-American groups which make up a significant portion of their population.
It's kind of a difficult situation either way you want to look at it. The US and Pakistan might not like each other per se, but they certainly seem to need one another's cooperation at the present moment.
Last edited by Gathomas88; 06-24-13 at 05:30 PM.