In an interview last night, President Obama insisted Pakistan has been a strong counterterrorism partner to the United States. However, since the revelation that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in the South Asian country for years, rumblings have started in Washington over U.S. aid it receives. Some lawmakers say this is the time to reign in the unpredictable ally. And they might start by targeting the $3 billion in civilian and military aid proposed for it next year. Should the U.S. continue dealing with Pakistan? What’s the alternative? Should we cut funding? What influence does the U.S. have over the Pakistani military and government? Were Pakistani officials complicit or incompetent in dealing with bin Laden? How dangerous is al-Qaida and other fringe groups in Pakistan?
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