From the “You gotta be shittin’ me” file: Osama Bin Laden kills thousands of Americans, a Pakistani doctor helps the U.S. find him, Pakistan convicts the doctor of treason and sends him to prison for 33 years, and we’re still going to send Pakistan $767 million this year?
Apparently that’s the case:
Congressmen on the powerful Senate appropriations committee voted to cut $1 million from the $800 million annual budget for each of the 33 years that Dr Shakeel Afridi has been told he must serve in jail for working with a foreign intelligence agency.
Dr Afridi set up a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad in an attempt to obtain blood samples from bin Laden’s family, as the CIA tried to confirm the al-Qaeda chief’s presence in a nearby villa.
Why are we sending them anything? “Anti-terror ally”? Please. And does anybody honestly think the Pakistani government didn’t know Bin Laden was living there? Osama was probably paying top level Pakistani officials boku “don’t tell anybody I’m here” bucks and now they’re taking it out on the doctor for giving him up. Just a theory.
Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King is trying to find out if the Obama administration disclosed the identity of the Pakistani doctor who helped us. If they had anything to do with it, there’s no better way to ensure that nobody helps U.S. intelligence ever again.
Rick Perry was right: