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What should the U.S. do to aid in trying to free the jailed Pakistani doctor who helped locate Osama bin Laden?

Cut off all foreign aid funds to Pakistan until the doctor is released.
67% (1330 votes)
Cut off $1 million for each year that the doctor is supposed to be imprisoned, for a total of $33 million.
5% (101 votes)
Exert as much diplomatic pressure as possible while being aware that we need Pakistan’s support to continue our efforts.
22% (430 votes)
Nothing. The man was convicted of aiding terrorists, and we shouldn’t second-guess foreign courts.
6% (111 votes)
Total votes: 1972

 

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GreatLaker

May 31, 2012 - 2:28pm

Legion readers should be able to compare Pakistan's imprisonment of Shakil Afridi to the USA's imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard - then ask us to vote. We need to clean up our own house first!

GEORGEMSKI

May 31, 2012 - 2:32pm

Get the doctor to the U.S. Embassy, give him asylum and a Peace Medal.

flash

May 31, 2012 - 3:07pm

I am no expert and I realize that the man's life at stake due to the severity of the sentence. I believe the matter will be resolved in such a manner that will satisfy both countries

flash

May 31, 2012 - 3:10pm

I am no expert and I realize that the man's life at stake due to the severity of the sentence. I believe the matter will be resolved in such a manner that will satisfy both countries

billybuzzy

May 31, 2012 - 3:11pm

Pakistan's has sent amessage to the U.S."We support Al Queda and the Taliban, Double Dealing and Terrorism will continue to be sustained by Pakistan. Keep the funds coming!!!"
The USA is buying off a most unreliable and questionable ally!!!

jstan40

May 31, 2012 - 3:34pm

Pakistan has proven itself to be no ally. That said, we still need cooperation from them until we are able to extricate ourselves from Afghanistan. Diplomatic pressure with the threat of economic pressure is logically all we have at this point.

MSGTJMG

May 31, 2012 - 4:14pm

It's obvious Pakistan is not fully supporting the US in the war on terror, otherwise they would've advised us that Osama was hiding out right down the street from a police compound. He was on the top of our Terrorist watch list and FBI most wanted.

So, what else are'nt they telling us? Probably plenty. It's doubtful that they are supplying us with any useful intel regarding the war in Afghanistan, or we probably could've clean up and gone home by now.

Quit babying all these 3rd world poopholes with billions in aid and getting nothing in return. Cut off the aid!

Jim Prior

May 31, 2012 - 5:52pm

I think that some of this has been "overcome by events" where the Pakis have tried to blackmail us with the cutoff of the supply routes. The UN troops have opened new routes that are cheaper to operate. The principle victims of the cutoff are the Paki truck drivers. Like many others, I wonder how the Pakis found the doctor but never found Osama. I support the total cutoff of aid to Pakistan. Our diplomats need to hold in reserve any restart of aid. Like many Legion members, I believe that it is time to remove our troops from a so-called nation that continues to be a 13th century tribal society.

antiTyranny

May 31, 2012 - 8:21pm

I didn't vote as the correct answer does not appear among the choices. The correct answer is:

Cut off all foreign aid funds to Pakistan, period. As to the doctor, nothing. The man was convicted of aiding terrorists, and we shouldn’t second-guess foreign courts, especially when WE are committing acts of terror in THEIR country!

Bud Donahue

June 3, 2012 - 9:29am

This is how we reward our friends? God help us...

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