Trump’s incoherent tweet will only push Pakistan to “do more” for China and Russia


com/realDonaldTrump/status/947802588174577664 Let’s look at the tweet objectively

Twitter, the platform spitting out micro-statements, is not the same as a well-researched policy document

It is a medium that celebrities (real and aspiring) use to put out statements as mundane as what they had for breakfast or to complain about the latest TV show

Users that are a bit more evolved use it to send bursts advertising their books and/or social issues

And then there is Trump

Trump has used Twitter to get into fights with his political opposition, the news media, foreign leaders, municipal executives and washed up reality television stars

This particular tweet, however, was directed at the political leadership in Pakistan

And in them, he challenged legions of political commentators and politicians that routinely utter even more nonsensical logic than Trump himself

Trump states that the United States has foolishly given more than $33 billion in aid to Pakistan; a fair statement per se

Objectively speaking, the US has spent an amount of $5

6 trillion on the wars it has sprung since 9/11

A significant chunk of this money is actually reimbursements to Pakistani security forces for the actions it takes on behalf of the Americans

Secondly, $33 billion is a small part of $5

6 trillion

America’s overseas wars are a mess, and have been going on for too long in too many places, specifically Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan

So why did Trump single out only Pakistan? For what it’s worth, Pakistan is an impoverished, developing country trying to transition into a functioning democracy with the help of an inconsistent, erratic leadership

If the unpolished and myopic leaders of Pakistan can fool the Harvard and Princeton educated leaders of the US over and over again, then shame on the Americans


com/KhawajaMAsif/status/948201021356085248 https://twitter

com/BBhuttoZardari/status/948096301304090625 Then Trump goes on to state that Pakistan provides “safe havens” to terrorists

Since 9/11, more than a million people have been killed across the world due to the ‘war on terror’; in Pakistan alone, more than 80,000 deaths have occurred due to it

These deaths also include those attributed to drone attacks, which tend to kill more people than the intended targets


com/ImranKhanPTI/status/948443903014920192 The Americans have conveniently built their bases in Afghanistan, where they operate from behind multiple layers of barbed wire and walls

Since the terrorists can’t make it to the US, the next best thing for them is to create chaos and destruction for its allies

Pakistan itself is a flimsy operation with too many moving parts and not enough glue, which has, over the past decade, had to deal with the fall out of the war in Afghanistan to boot

Since 9/11, whenever Pakistan and the US have engaged, the US has constantly accused Pakistan of playing a double game

Be it Bush, Obama or Trump, all have accused Pakistan of being less than honest, and all of them have time and again blocked payments to Pakistan in the name of strategic leverage

Unfortunately, it seems like that is all the US can do – accuse Pakistan of playing a double game, and ask it to “do more”

In the other countries that the US is waging a war, it doesn’t have a scapegoat and thus can’t blame anyone else


com/ImranKhanPTI/status/948434623545135104 https://twitter

com/BBhuttoZardari/status/948096305703813121 As 2017 is also behind us, it is worth noting that white American men have been thus far more to blame for terror-related deaths in the West than any ragtag group scurrying around in Iraq or Afghanistan

In conclusion, if President Trump feels that it is in the best interests of the US to belittle Pakistan and blame it for American shortcomings, then he should go ahead by all means

In return, this will only push Pakistan closer to China, which is already heavily investing in Pakistani infrastructure

As for its defence needs, Pakistan will be more than happy to spend its defence budget on Russian gear and more joint manufacturing ventures with China

The US will lose whatever logistical support its military has in Afghanistan, while Moscow will build military bases and Beijing will extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and trade through Afghanistan

Pakistan, at the same time, need not jump into a frenzy arranging emergency cabinet meetings and fretting over what the tweet means

A more mature political leadership would recognise that tweeting does not equate to policy statements

A less self-obsessed leadership would have taken backup measures against American volatility years ago, through regional alliances and by growing a backbone


com/NadeemfParacha/status/947900931705892864 [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="486"] Photo: The Daily Beast[/caption] If all else fails, the government can recruit the millions of internet trolls that dedicate their entire days and night trolling Imran Khan and Maryam Nawaz, and have them unleash their fury on Donald Trump

He responds better and faster to Twitter anyway

Date:07-Jan-2018 Reference:View Original Link