August 3rd, 2010
10:10 PM ET

U.S. sees opportunity in Pakistani floods

The Obama administration is looking to turn crisis into opportunity, hoping its robust response to the devastating floods in Pakistan will help improve its poor image among a skeptical Pakistani public.

Since the floods arrived, the United States has been opening the flood gates of aid, starting with an initial pledge of $10 million in humanitarian relief. U.S. disaster experts were dispatched to Pakistan, and American helicopters fanned out across the affected area, airlifting people to safety and delivering supplies. At Pakistan's request, four Chinook and two Black Hawk helicopters are on the way.

Lest Pakistanis think the United States isn't sensitive to their Muslim traditions, Washington sent more than 300,000 halal - or, by Islamic dietary law - meals to the country, along with water filtration systems.

And the United States is building bridges in Pakistan. Literally. The U.S. has offered to build temporary replacements for highway bridges damaged by flooding in the country.

The State Department is working on several public-service campaigns - including one in the United States to urge U.S. Pakistanis to donate through the texting campaign, and another for a Pakistani audience to drive home the point that the U.S. will be there for Pakistan in its time of need.

The United States also is resurrecting a texting campaign it used to help Pakistanis displaced by last year's fighting between Pakistani forces and extremists in the tribal areas. Americans can donate $10 by texting the word "SWAT" to 50555, with the donations going to a United Nations organization that is providing tents and emergency aid to displaced families.

The U.S. relationship with Pakistan, which it views as a strategically important country, continues to be a work-in-progress. Since taking office, the Obama administration has spent a huge amount of time, effort and money in outreach to Pakistanis and has promised not just aid, but a commitment of partnership. The struggle is convincing Pakistan that U.S. interests are aligned with its own.

When it comes to Pakistan, the United States seems to always get its knees cut out from under it just as progress seems to loom. Most recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's triumphant return from a July visit to Islamabad, which was widely considered as a successful trip, was interrupted by the leak of thousands of Pentagon documents on the WikiLeaks website, many of which criticized the Pakistani military's ties to the Taliban.

But the United States has learned over time that the way it reacts to a disaster can also be a game-changer. Just before the 2004 Asian tsunami, U.S. opinion in the Muslim world was at an all-time low. But massive U.S. aid to Indonesia and other Asian Muslim countries helped the United States regain its footing in the region and improve its image.

Specifically in Pakistan, the United States found a significant improvement in its image after the earthquake in 2005. Public opinion in Pakistan toward the U.S. was on a definite upswing after a substantial U.S. relief response, but quickly spiraled back downward because the U.S. attention toward the country trailed off.

Once again, the United States is hoping for a similar boost, offering wary Pakistanis an opportunity to view their relationship with the U.S. through a different lens.

But this isn't just about the relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It's about the fragile relationship between Pakistanis and their own government. The United States knows only too well from its own experience with Hurricane Katrina and the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that citizens expects a response from their own government and grow disillusioned when they don't get it.

Already plagued by mistrust among its people, the Pakistani government is competing for hearts and minds with extremists groups, which are rushing to help those in need. In 2005, the Pakistani government's failure to tackle immediate relief efforts after the quake enabled Islamic charities linked to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was blamed for the 2008 attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai, to fill the vacuum with aid, services and camps for displaced people.

The difference between now and then is that the Pakistani's government inept response was at best an embarrassment. The country was more stable and the economy was in good shape. Pakistan didn't have ten-hour electricity shortages and wasn't battling a civil war with a massive insurgency with suicide bombings every week.

Today's Pakistan is much more fragile, and the United States doesn't want the floods to be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Public relations benefits aside, millions of people devastated by floods and afflicted with disease and famine would only bring more instability to Pakistan. That would further hamper Pakistan's ability to join in the fight the Taliban and al Qaeda. And that is bad for the United States, and is another incentive for the quick infusion of aid.

What's more, one of the areas hit hardest by the heavy rain and flooding is Swat, the infested cross-border region with Afghanistan, where the Taliban and al Qaeda are believed to be hiding and the heart of fighting between Pakistani forces and the Taliban goes on. The stakes for the United States in this underbelly of extremism couldn't be higher.

On the plus side, the U.S. engagement with Pakistan is deeper than it has ever been, and has created an office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, headed by Richard Holbrooke. The office is equipped with a small army of experts who on the day of the flood were able to assemble a whole-of-government response in close consultation with the White House.

The State Department also hopes the new technologies the office helped pioneer in Pakistan, such as a U.S.-backed mobile social network and the Swat texting campaign, will also prove effective tools to help Pakistanis themselves respond.

Undoubtedly the hope is the U.S. response will save lives in Pakistan, but whether it will win hearts and minds among Pakistan's deeply skeptical public remains to be seen.

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. jack the ripper

    Hail our sneaky enemy hidden and visible ones. While we sincerely help Pakistan and various Islamic countries we do get regular reminders about "Death to Israel" "death to US" and "Death to infidels" in return for our charity. Need to teach our enemy the tru meaning of "ignominies". Looks like they are not taught that word in Madrasa.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack the ripper

      Ok, no more aid. Lets have a deal, stop crossing into civilized world, harshest sharia punishment to those who violate from there.

      August 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack the ripper

      Hard to comprehend the cane punishment, oh no the stoning for adultery, elimination of minority by either forced conversion. Or the civilized "time square" dude. We do get what civilized means to you.

      August 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      Yes, Jack the ripper did not explain what "civilized" is, but he clearly said what "civilized is not.

      August 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is coming mostly from the Racist in this Country and the Tarriest!!! Everyone else is cheering for us...

      August 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. matt

    andrew lubin, i would like to see your evidence posted onto the internet to support your claim of presidents obama's hidden agenda towards the muslims. does this hidden agenda include the withdrawl of all U.S. troops from iraq next year and eventually afghanistan.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is just a smoke string so He can take over all of the Middle East and Asia!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Umme Omar

    Fergie,
    fund western military? July was the dealiest month for American troops in Afghanistan. Before that, June was the deadliest. Most Nato countries are withdrawing from Afghanistan. Now it is just our troops and Afghan and Pakistani people losing their lives in a war which is only breeding more enemies on both sidea. This is very costly in terms of funds also. Pakistani people do not get the money which the western countries give to their corrupt leaders. So, it is pretty much clear. Break this cycle of hatred and save our lives in Afghanistan and here in USA. Lets help the victims and show them the real side of Americans and win this war without losing more lives.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Right the CIA, American and English Military are dieing because they are sleeping right???

      August 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      We will not win the war by being do-gooders or bleeding hearts. You will not win Moslem hearts by helping $ the Afgh or with Pak. flooding. Don't remotely& indirectly feed Terrorism. Some countries have different moral traits & world reputation. Some have a predisposition to violence, stealing, and cheating.The minds of all the world need to improve, A pschopathic society will not change regardless of how long you forgive or plead with them they use anyone however they can, have no conscience, are unable to repent. Pakistan has been rubbing shoulders with these guys.Hang out with the bad boys, the good boys don't want you anymore. Simple but true.Eventually sympathy runs out. Try another ploy.

      August 8, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fergie

    The Americans and almost every western nation has done nothing but help Pakistan in the past! They are quickly becoming another Africa, breeding more and more each day when the cannot afford to feed the ones they have already! then stand around with their hands out looking for money!
    The western nations need to fund their military's, not the militants!

    August 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • info

      We think it would be better to NOT fund the military. They get into too much trouble. There are better ways to spend money.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We are paying Their Military!!! Why do you think They are winning???

      August 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Umme Omar

    The war against terrorism and extremist cannot be won by violence. Violence can only generate more violence. The war in Afghanistan is not going to end anytime soon. We are losing money and mst importantly our troops. All we have gained is the number of our enemies in the region. Helping out flood victims is one step towards restoring peace. it might take many more. But atleast we are not losin our troops. There will be people like me who will appreciate this help. We need each other. This is not right wing or the left wing. it is the center where nobody wants to harbor hatred for the other side because there is no other side. We are peace loving people and we come from American and Afghanistan and Pakistan. God sent this flood to help us out. God is on our side. Be truthful and honest with ourselves and others.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You sure can't turn the other cheek!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George Patton

    All of this right-wing mumbo-jumbo is starting to get awfully old,so cut it out,please!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TruthHurts

    Yes it is a trade off with corrupt pakistan govt, but not to kill "innocent" but terrorists and those who provide them shelter. These tribal villages take collective decision when they harbor these terrorists, and they know what they're getting into. 50 yrs back, there would be heavy casualties and innocent civilians killed during war time. At least now, best effort is being taken to just root out these evil doers.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ColJim1956

    Coming to the relief of natural disaster victims and nations is something we in the military (I am retired USAF) do quite well. The ability to do so is a great by-product of our existing capabilities. Not only should we continue to act in this manner, but we should continue to do it whenever and wherever we can...Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan, North Korea as far as I am concerned. I fail to see the logic of the people who scream "let those dirty $%#^$ take care of themselves." As a person who actually served the nation for 26 years, and not as a person who wears a cheap metal lapel pin and calls that "patriotism," I say we are doing the right thing.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umme Omar

      Dear colJim1956... This is a very nice post.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael, Chapel Hill

    After the devastating earthquake Americans were heroes. It faded away after having heard anti US preaching of militant Islam. So even if US helps Pakistan now, thankful memories will fade away and anti US spirit will prevail

    August 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Okay fine then, we won't help you at all. Your innocent women and children can die in the flood. I doubt the people being rescued care who is doing the rescuing.

      August 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Are Country is trying to stop the Tarriest not being Muslin!!! It seems know matter what we do are say the Muslin take it out of how it is meant... That is something we can't help!!! They should know by Our actions helping them it is said for Their own good!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. adsfd

    If you give aid make sure all the money is being spent properly i mean watch the money or else the gov of pakistan will just steal majority of the money. thats how pakistan president is the richest pakistani. he was once called 10% man owning 10% of everything when he last was president.
    This may not have happened if you had supported to fix pakistani democratic system and not try to make sure you have a leader that will listen to you by breaking the democratic system and supporting millitary dictators in the 70s and after. But what has been done has been done muslims dont trust your actions in their zone and now you have to gain their trust the hard way. We could say it was to defeat the soviet union but now you have to live with the consequence another example is iran which you should know by now.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Umme Omar,get over your ignorance,will you???

      August 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umme Omar

      Daniel – 2, looks like you don't want to break this circle of hatred. Who r u with? Peaceful people or extremists?

      August 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      President Clinton, Bush and Obama are Richer than the People!!! Does that make all but Bush a Thief???

      August 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Daniel2: Get rid of Your hate!!! The world would be better off that way... There is enough hate in this World with out You!!!

        August 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Like we did with the Mortgage Company here??? We only do that if it can help the People not the Government!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Don't feel bad the Racist hate all the People not just the Muslin!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      Umme Omar- welcome to US-home of the free. I'm so glad to hear a Moslem womans voice out there. Tell other moslem women ALL, women in the world can be safe & free, you have more power as women than you think. Teach your sons to respect women when they're growing up. Don't listen to war lovers, men have more testosterone hormones,things usually work out better when family is run by women. Our future is in our children.

      August 8, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. vegas01

    Why not issue a reminder of the Bin Laden reward (and other Al Qaeda operatives) instead of just sending a check?

    August 4, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. JohnDPublic

    The people of Pakistan 3 to 1 believe that the US is responsible for terrorist bombings in their country that are preformed by militant Pakistanis. I would like to think that this charity will help the US ‘s image in Pakistan, but am seriously doubtful that it will. Besides we need to reduce if not eliminate completely the money we send to these so called allied countries. They are rife with corruption and just use the money to fill their pockets. We need to help Americans first everyone else second – least of all a country that calls us friends out of one side of their mouth as they prompt violence against us from the other side.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Umme Omar

      I believe you are part of the problem. Because you are giving an impression that as if the pakistani people have stolen any money from american people or something. Look Pakistani people and American people both need each others' support, trust, goodwill and help to win the war against terrorism. This war can only be won by breaking the circle of hatred and mistrust. Pakistani people are the victim of both terrorism and corrupt leaders. You are blaming the victim. It is a theory which might work in India. but it does not work in USA. Read three cups of tea, building stones into schools, two books written by Greg Mortenson. American people have a big heart and so do the pakistanis and Afghans. I am asking my American people to read these books and help me stop this cycle of hatred. Who is with me on this?

      August 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurts

      Definitely most are not with you. Information flows freely in this country, and everyone slowly understands the "friendship". This kind of talk might have worked 10 yrs back, but now the true color shows. Every country, incl USA and their intel knew all along about pakistan's double game. But the government didnt have a choice as they needed to feed pakistan billions to keep the situation getting worse (like pakistan selling nukes to Iran, NorthKorea. We all know how they blackmailed by sending their scientist to Iran, sending the US cargo plane to N.Korea for arms deal. BTW, I am only quoting the findings by the american intelligence, so dont dismiss them as accusations). To fund them, the people had to kept in the dark and the media were still calling them "friends". But the govt knew well about all the double-game which came to light with the recent wikileaks.

      So, instead of being an ambassador for getting more aid from US, why dont u try fighting the homegrown "terrorists and corrupt leaders" (your words) that victimize your citizens. A first step would be to provide where the billions you get thru aid go (for the poor OR to the terrorist outfits for training and arms). Do respond if you have an answer. You don't need a link to talk about terrorism that affects every part of the world. Being in this country, you should know that anyone is free to express their views. Dont suppress them as they do in military/dictatorship country, by saying "why r u here. what is your link, blah blah"

      August 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Is that what they told You??? Are is that what Fox told You??? I'm sure we like to hear where you get Your information???

      August 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AmericnPakistani Guy

    Good to see US armed forces helping the poor and the needy.
    Bravo US Armed Forces and the Politicians behind this aid package.
    God bless you all.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Air Force Strong

      Oh really???

      August 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Grimlock

        Ya rly.

        August 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It is to bad know one else helps us when we need it!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kathy

    I think helping others is a good thing. But we should help those at home also. Myself as well as millions of others have lost everything due unemployent. For 2 years I have sent resumes everywhere, with only 2 interviews, no job. Being 60 years old may have hurt me, but I need a home to live in and food to eat just as much as those in Pakistan. But, while Congress give money to help those in Pakistan without worrying about the deficit, they feel that the unemployed are not worth helping because they might have to add to the deficit. There may be some who have abused the UE system, but the majority of us just cannot find a job with 6 people (at least) applying for every job. I just think that besides being known as a country that helps those aroung the world, we also need to be aware of all the people who have no work, no home, no food, and have lost every penny they had.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I guess Your talking about Bush and Cheney Right???

      August 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • moji

      @ kathy ... at the time of katrina ... i was in Pakistan .. we gathered and managed a huge package of goods and clothes and sent it over here ... we .. none of us argued that a poor nation needs these things more ... http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/img/3.0/1px.gif

      August 6, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      Kathy- about deficit in our own country, unemployment, USA should look after their own first, I hear you. Canadians feel the same way. I don't agree with any foreign aide to Pak. US is going overboard $-wise, Pak. knows this but don't care about our people only theirs. Don't weaken and feel sorry for them. Their flooding scenario is a test of truth or consequences ,who will be the lucky winner$. They need to feed their own people with their own$ instead of other countries feeding them. If they have been feeding the Taliban, it's a judgement call on them via massive flooding.

      August 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Kathy, I dont live in USA. But I know it is really difficult there to live without a job as I have been there many times. .I pray and hope that the US government will pay more attention on this issue. Remember there is someone thinking about you from this corner.And my prayer will be answered you just have to believe it . when you look around the world economy on earth it is difficult to believe it happen. I look at all the resource god has in store for us. sounds funny ha..?But it is the truth. you are in my prayers !!!

      August 31, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Strider

    Stand corrected Superman.... either way it's beyond reasonable.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. Superman

    We send them aid and they hate us, terrorist do nothing and they love them. We should really spend our money at home where it’s needed.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Pandamonium

      superman, you are all muscle ...grow some brain too if u can lol

      August 4, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Awww I thought Yakoubi finally came to his senses but that obviously didn't happen. He is still espousing illogical bull poo.

        August 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Like you,MaryM. I don't mind telling you that this war is obscene and I wish it would end.The sooner the better!!!

        August 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nadeem

      How come Pakistanis love those people who are killing their countymen. If those terrorists are anti american/europian/indian...then why they are killing Pakistanis every day through sucide bombing? It indicates that some :external powers" hired poor Pathans to conduct sucide bombing.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Umme Omar

        Pakistanis do not love these terrorists. These terrorists blow them up in market places, hospitals, schools, universities, even mosques. These terrorists are the enemies of Pakistanis and the Pakistanis know that very well.

        August 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • pakistaniman

        are you kidding? Pakistanis are increasingly growing to hate the taliban. the taliban are vastly unpopluar, with less than 10% of people approving of them and only 2% supporting them in the war

        August 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Citizen Concerned

      cosign!

      August 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The only ones that hate us are the Tarriest!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Always-Faithful

    Sorry I forgot to put the D in there.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Air Force Strong

      I'm not!!!!!!!

      August 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Always-Faithful

    This is the true United States Arme Military Forces!

    August 4, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  19. Mike

    Of course we should help the Pakistanis when it comes to a humanitarian crisis like this, but otherwise we need to CUT EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR OF THEIR FUNDING. Pakistan is completely two-faced – providing a weak, token response against the Taliban and insurgents in western Pakistan, while secretly funneling money and weapons to them. And to Aamir Islam, you're joking right? United States aid is the only thing keeping Pakistan from becoming another failed state. Unfortunately, no one is Washington is willing to call their bluff.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • adsfd

      Pakistan was already a failed state there is nothing to protect over there but corrupt politicians which have resulted in american influencing who is the leader of pakistan since the early 60s till present.

      August 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Is that why they are getting the Tarriest officers and Military??? It looks like they are winning to me and doing a good job at it too!!!

        August 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Like they want to hear the truth... They are to busy hating the United States and Israel!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      I agree with u Mike. Pakistan are looking after their own self interests and most likely embedding & collaborating with Taliban terrorist groups. WE shouldn't give Pak.'s flood aide, it won't improve repoire with Pakistan, they're desperate & will use whoever they can to get $$$$. Being a bleeding heart is not wise. Pakistan has an upper & lower caste system. Women & children are abused in their country, also in male domineering Moslem countries & especially by barbaric Xtremists like Taliban. Leave them to their own demise.Sounds cruel to some but if you help them they will think you a fool.

      August 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Aamir Islam

    Helping other nations in need is a good thing to do. And have some respect when talking about the country that is the lifeline of your soldiers in Afghanistan. What would you do without Pakistan's help? Even the water your soldiers are drinking is shipped via Pakistan. You need Pakistan more than Pakistan needs you. Your soldiers in Afghanistan know that in the event of any major emergency the only country that could help them in that area is Pakistan assuming your soldiers would not want to cross into Iran.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • BTDT

      Aamir Islam,will you wise up??? You know better than that.

      August 4, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        A lot He says makes sense!!! It is to bad you don't realize it...

        August 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Citizen Concerned

      aamir.....if we werent there, we wouldnt need them...think before you speak of needs. We help more countries than any other in the world! Period. As humanitarians. We are always looking to be the most ethical and trustworthy as diverse individuals.

      August 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • avazani

        Yup u help lot of countries????????,How??
        usa STEALS TRILLIONS.... and help? with pennies.... Haliburton Profits????

        August 11, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Legal Citizen Concerned

      you also NEVER see a group of extremists in our country (US) that consistently carry AK 47 weapons, and ignite road side bombs, etc.....suicide bombings, etc....

      August 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        What do you call Our Malissia??? They carry arms and aren't part of Our Military are Police!!!

        August 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • avazani

        yer BECAUSE ALL YOUR TERRORISTS ARE TERRORISING INNOCENTS ABROAD...IRAQ,AFGAN ,PAKISTAN ,PHILLIPINES,
        PALASTINE, YOU NAME IT,

        August 11, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jack h.

      MORE MUSLIM LIES.

      August 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      So that's why US will help with flood aide, incase they have to go to Pak for safety & water supply. The Taliban are there in Pak too. The flooding isn't a blessing for outcomings of peace, sounds like a judgement on Pak for embedding Taliban. Wait to see the outcome, the just shall overcome these lies & propaganda. The whole world is watching this scenario.

      August 8, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
      • avazani

        YER REMEMBER KATRINA MATE.....

        August 11, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. miked d

    Nobody remembers the good things the u.s does

    August 4, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!I

      That's because they were outweighed by the evil things we did,such as start a senseless war with Iraq back in 2003.

      August 4, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Bubba your ignorance is highlighted by your constant inability to spell.

        August 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        MaryM,I find you ignorance to be quite appalling as well as your love for this obnoxious war.Wise up,please!

        August 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xasthur

      Like having a 9/11 "Burn a Koran" day.

      August 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I DO!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I don't,Phunnie boy!!!!!

        August 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      Seductive video, Westerners know how terrible you treat your moslem women. GONG your ploys aren't working,only your gonads.

      August 7, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUfixit

      Other countries remember good things US has done for them. Some countries remember the bad things too. Careful not to blow your own horn. You sound humble, good place to be at. All have fallen short. It is strength to admit your own faults.

      August 8, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  22. Amber Khan

    I still think they need more schools there so that ignorance of heaven being a priority by killing, hatred and jealousy fades away.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |