U.S. Now Withholding Millions in Aid From Pakistan


The U.S. is holding back $800 million in aid to Pakistan, White House chief of staff William Daley told ABC's This Week on Sunday. Senior U.S. officials said the aid was withdrawn in order to pressure Pakistan to crack down on militants and as retribution for expelling U.S. military trainers. The cut-off funding reportedly includes $300 million in compensation for deploying U.S. troops at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, hundreds of millions in military training assistance, and funding for military hardware. The two countries have apparently gone from the going through one another's cell phones stage to the "trying to work things out" stage. Daley explained:

Pakistan has been an important ally in the fight on terrorism, but now they've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause ... and we're trying to work through that. Obviously there's still a lot of pain that the political system in Pakistan is feeling by virtue of the raid [in which] we did to get Osama bin Laden. Until we get through these difficulties, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers have committed to give. [The relationship with Pakistan] is difficult, but it must be made to work over time ... It's very complicated.

And they were bad in bed.

U.S. suspends some aid to Pakistani military [LAT]
U.S. holding millions in aid to Pakistan, says Obama's chief of staff [CNN]