Pakistan needs to send its most elite troops into the troubled frontier areas bordering Afghanistan. It needs to spend its military dollars — many of which are provided by Washington — on counterinsurgency weapons, not F-16 fighter jets bought to challenge India. The United States must condition future military aid on more focused and effective Pakistani counterinsurgency efforts and carefully monitor how that aid is spent.Pakistan, like the U.S., suffers from "wasteful military spending and political corruption" that "has diverted millions of dollars that should have been invested in primary education [and] healthcare."
Wasteful military spending and political corruption has diverted millions of dollars that should have been invested in primary education, health care and agriculture. Pakistani allies like Saudi Arabia should also help pay for schools, health services and agricultural development and carefully monitor how their aid is spent.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Good points made in this editorial. Here is an excerpt: