October 6th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

White House report critical of Pakistan's activity against militants

Despite repeated Obama administration claims in public that
Pakistan is working hard to crack down on militants, a private White House
review uses unusually tough language to suggest the ally is not doing nearly
enough to confront the Taliban and al Qaeda, according to a copy of the report
to Congress obtained by CNN.

The report notes that from March to June, the Pakistani military
"continued to avoid military engagements that would put it in direct conflict
with Afghan Taliban or [al Qaeda] forces in North Waziristan. This is as much a
political choice as it is a reflection of an under-resourced military
prioritizing its targets."

The report notes bluntly that despite having a presence of 140,000
military and paramilitary personnel, the Pakistani military has been
"nonetheless constrained to disrupting and displacing extremist groups without
making lasting gains against the insurgency."

The White House assessment is particularly tough on Pakistan's inability
to make gains in South Waziristan, where many analysts believe key al Qaeda
leaders have gained a safe haven to use as a base to plot terror attacks
against Western targets.

"In South Waziristan, the Pakistan military continued to conduct
small-scale operations against those militants who did not flee in late 2009,"
the report says. "But the military largely stayed close to the roads and did
not engage against those TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban) militants who returned after
fleeing into North Waziristan."

The report also alludes to the repetitive nature of the country making
brief progress, only to fall back down, noting that Pakistani military forces
recently disrupted insurgent networks in the north. "It is notable that some of
these areas had been previously cleared on numerous occasions," it says.

While the report to Congress has not been publicly released by the White
House, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tried to downplay the tough language by
telling reporters, "I don't think this comes as a surprise" that the assessment
"finds some challenges" in getting Pakistan to crack down on militants.

"But at the same time we see progress," said Gibbs. "Pakistani troops
have sacrificed thousands to take on terror. ... They are addressing and
dealing with the threat."

In fact, Gibbs and other Obama officials, such as Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, were fairly upbeat about their assessments of Pakistan's
efforts earlier this year, though they have gotten tougher in recent days.

"I have to stand up for the efforts the Pakistani government is taking,"
Clinton said on CBS's "60 Minutes" back in May. "They have done a very
significant move toward going after the terrorists within their own country."

The new tough line from the White House in the report to Congress comes
as the president faces increasing pressure from fellow Democrats to get tough
with Pakistan. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin suggested in a speech
last week that the Pakistani government is selective in its crackdowns.

"They have gone after some terrorist targets inside Pakistan but the ones
they go after are the ones that threaten the Pakistan government," Levin said.

Jennifer Kohl, a spokeswoman for the House Armed Services Committee,
added that the new White House assessment shows much more progress is needed
from Pakistan.

"Our relationship with Pakistan is one of the most critical when it comes
to our national security and our efforts in Afghanistan," Kohl said. "The
report demonstrates that while we've undoubtedly come a long way with Pakistan,
we still have a long way to go. It highlights the need for us to continue to
work with the Pakistani military to build their capacity to take on terrorist
groups operating in Pakistan, many of which pose a direct threat to the U.S."

The report is also extremely tough on Pakistan's human rights record.

"Over 1.5 million people are still displaced from Pakistani military
operations to combat insurgents in the northwest; and there was a lack of
progress on improvements in human rights," says the report. "Reports of gross
violations of human rights continued. There was some evidence that the
Pakistani military has made initial efforts to stop these abuses. However,
despite U.S. engagement on the issue, reports of ongoing abuses continue to
surface."

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Onesmallvoice

    Isn't that a little sacrilegious Phunnie boy,usurping Allah's ID??? I know you're trying to be funny but kindly leave Allah out of these blogs.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dindy Sri lanka

    GOD LISTEN WHEN WE ASK IN JESUS NAME. THAT IS THE ONLY TRUTH I KNOW. THANK GOD !! NOW WE DONT HAVE TO KILL COWS AND GOATS TO BRING TO GOD AS BURNT OFFERINGS ANYMORE. JESUS MADE US FREE. HE PAID A BIG PENALTY IN ONE TIME FOR ALL OF OUR SALVATION. THANK GOD FOR JESUS WHO PAID FOR OUR SINS INSTEAD WE PAY BY OURSELVES IN HELL. GOD WAS AND IS PLEASED WHOEVER FOLLOW JESUS AND ACCEPT HIM AS OUR MASTER.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      There goes Phunnie boy again,trying to be funny which only he thinks he is!

      October 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Indian

    US bought loyalty of many War Lords in Af-Pak after 9/11 successively. Unfortunately not of Pakistan after paying " High Price ". And it was not shocking for Indians like me, after listening Mushraff's 1st speech after 9/11 to back stab Crusaders, quoting " Q'ORAN ". Recently, Mushraff admitted that Pakistan trained & supported Militants against India, which most of the Pak Politicians denied, till today. Seems, its too late for Pakistan to back up from Home Grown Terrorists & the Monster created is getting out of control.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Denver

      death to you and your belief and your countries which exports terror

      October 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Noura

    we the muslims are not terrors except the christians.And we will continue defending ourselves and our religeon.tak kia!

    October 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Then you will continue to die for your worthless allah,

      October 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Sorry folks, I never posted that statement above. Somebody's just trying to be funny!!!

        October 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Denver

        Well said

        October 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      you are dead pigs walking

      October 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        Daniel,it wasn't me who blogged that mumbo-jumbo above under your name. I think that Gary Johndro did it.

        October 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noura

      I hate infidels

      October 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Noura..... in this world first defenders are Christeans

      October 7, 2010 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Denver

      Tell me the list of prophets who bowed for that idiot

      October 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Santee James

    Yep Yep Yep Yep....it'll get worse before it gets better.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    I imagine that the right-wing thugs in Washington are quite upset by this report.After all, they're paying them with American taxpayer money.

    October 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Stop posting under my ID.

      October 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Did I hurt your feelings,Johndro? I didn't mean to and then again,you could post your right-wing mumbo-jumbo under your own name too.

        October 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HarryK.

    We went into Afghanistan because Taliban were harboring a few terrorists that wanted to harm us...If we know the Pakistan is harboring the same terrorists as well Taliban, than why does the US support them with military, civilian and intelligence aid...The victims of this war has been the Afghans, while both PAkistan and we play a double role...We should sincerely rebuild Afghanistan and not listen to PAkistan which fears a stable Afghanistan...Afghanistan has never attacked another country, while PAkistan has...the 9/11 links all pointed at PAkistanis and only Afghanistan soil was used..Afghans by nature are against invaders, PAkistanis or us, and have never attacked any other country(outside Afghanistan) in any form of terrorism because it is against their values..Name only Afghan raised in Afghanistan that has carried out violence outside Afghanistan>>NONE...WE need to make sincere efforts and commitment to Afghanistan in form of Marshal Plan, a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in the security interest of America...Pakistan will double deal and play their dirty games, we can not trust them..

    October 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |