Rep. Poe: Pakistan Cheats on Military Aid

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:59 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Texas GOP Rep. Ted Poe says the United States should freeze all foreign aid to Pakistan because the billions in funds provided are not being used for the war on terrorism. Poe also said Tuesday on Fox News that Pakistan is cheating on the military reimbursements, and the nation is “dealing like a crooked aluminum-siding salesman.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that more than 40 percent of Pakistan’s claims are already being rejected because the United States is dubious as to how much of the $3.2 billion yearly provided is being used for the war on terror. Poe said in light of the revelation, all aid should be frozen.

“Military aid is not really aid — we pay for their war on terror — we reimburse them, and we have done so since 9/11. And it is turning out that, in the military aid, the reimbursement money, 40 percent of it in the last two years, it is questionable,” Poe said. “In other words, we don’t know where that money is going. We have paid for radar equipment — and, you know, the Taliban and al-Qaida, they do not have aircraft.

“And so it has been cut — our government has not reimbursed them. They have come across as, you know, making — making profit, war profiteering on the war on terror, because we don’t know where the money is going,” Poe said. “It is like dealing like a crooked aluminum-siding salesman. — we never know what we get for the money. Are they putting that money on the border with India? And, so, you know, we just can’t trust them.”

Poe also said Pakistan “should come clean” about what it knew about Osama bin Laden.

“And then we need to certainly audit the reimbursement we give them for the war on terror,” he said. “They are not honest. They’re not dealing with us in an honest way — and they have not been a reliable ally over the years.”

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