The American military publication “Stars and Stripes” revealed the story that “Several of the most senior leaders of the U.S. military, the Afghanistan War, and the Pakistani armed forces held a daylong secret meeting Wednesday at a secluded luxury resort along the Omani shores of the Persian Gulf.
The high level meeting confirmed that the US Military still needs Pakistan and is not willing to give up the relationship. While the State Department is going about canceling meetings with Pakistan, at the very time that the meetings would be fruitful in resolving the issues– the US military is doing the right thing and keeping the Pakistanis engaged. The three ring circle being run by Ms. Clinton and Mr. Munter have all but destroyed the US relationship. Things got so bad, that President Obama had to send Senator Kerry to try to mend relations.
Stars and Stripes reports that that the meeting as “very candid and cordial, and very productive discussions.””–euphemism for tough and business-like atmosphere. Those who attended, was a virtual “Who’s Who” of the US and Pakistani Military leadership.
- Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Gen. David Petraeus, commander of International Security Assistance Force
- Adm. Eric Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command
- Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command
- Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s chief of army staff
- Maj. Gen. Javed Iqbal, director general of military operations.
It is amazing the that Big Elephant was absent from the conference room. General Shuja Pasha the head of the Pakistani ISI was not present in the meeting. The CIA was also absent from this high powered meeting. The news reports about a rift between the CIA and the ISI seem to be real. The relations between the two spy agencies have deteriorated dramatically since November, when Wikileaks confirmed that large numbers of U.S. special operations forces had been operating on the ground inside Pakistan’s borders. There are news reports that the Pakistan Embassy has issued more than 10,000 visas to Americans. The News, one of Pakistan’s largest newspapers is reporting that the Pakistan Embassy is under scrutiny for issuing more than 400 visas in a single day. The Washington Post says “The ISI is now scouring thousands of visas issued to U.S. employees in Pakistan. The ISI official said Davis’ visa application contains bogus references and phone numbers. He said thousands of visas were issued to U.S. Embassy employees over the past five months following a government directive to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to issue visas without the usual vetting by the interior ministry and the ISI. The same directive was issued to the Pakistan embassies in Britain and the United Arab Emirates, he said.”
In bombshell revelations, the WP story confirms what the Pakistani press has been reporting “Within two days of receiving that directive, the Pakistani Embassy issued 400 visas and since then thousands more have been issued, said the ISI official. A Western diplomat in Pakistan agreed that a “floodgate” opened for U.S. Embassy employees requesting Pakistani visas. The ISI official said his agency knows and works with “the bona fide CIA people in Pakistan” but is upset that the CIA would send others over behind its back. For now, he said, his agency is not talking with the CIA at any level, including the most senior.”
- “Post-incident conduct of the CIA has virtually put the partnership into question”…
- “It is hard to predict if the relationship will ever reach the level at which it was prior to the Davis episode,”
- “The onus of not stalling this relationship between the two agencies now squarely lies on the CIA.”
- they have to start showing respect, not belittling us, not being belligerent to us, not treating us like we are their lackeys.” ISI
The Washington Post is reporting the ISI is ready to split with the CIA. One of the world’s most powerful spy agencies has now stopped all cooperation with the CIA. “Such a move could seriously damage the U.S war effort in Afghanistan, limit a program targeting al-Qaida insurgents along the Pakistan frontier, and restrict Washington’s access to information in the nuclear-armed country.”
The Washington Post reveals that “The CIA repeatedly has tried to penetrate the ISI and learn more about Pakistan’s nuclear program. The ISI has mounted its own operations to gather intelligence on the CIA’s counterterrorism activities”.
To make matters worse, two CIA contractors who were involved in the vehicular homicide of a Pakistani civilian have been spirited out of Pakistan by the US Embassy. The contractors can still be sued in a Civilian Court. Pakistani Courts have demanded that the US spies be returned and tried for murder.