Rachel Marsden

A secret Pakistani report -- the Abbottabad Commission report -- about the killing of bin Laden was filed and declared classified in January, but it was recently leaked, unredacted and in its entirety. The report suggests epic levels of backstabbing by America's supposed ally, as might have been deduced by anyone who wondered on that fateful day on May 2, 2011, "How did the world's most wanted man live so comfortably?"

The report reveals that "the CIA did not fully trust the ISI (Pakistani intelligence service) to fully cooperate in the hunt for OBL," and that "the ISI did not properly monitor the phone numbers that were given to it by the CIA." Further, the report concluded: "Regarding the reason for the decision by the U.S. to opt for a unilateral action (in capturing Bin Laden), the (Pakistani) Foreign Secretary believed it was either due to a desire to take sole credit for the operation or due to a lack of trust in Pakistan." The same foreign secretary told the commission it was embarrassing that bin Laden had spent a decade in Pakistan, and that his various wives had even received hospital treatment there.

The former head of the ISI, now-retired Gen. Ziauddin Khwaja, said that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf knew about bin Laden's safe house, according to an article that former CIA official Bruce Riedel wrote for the Daily Beast.

Musharraf is also being charged in the 2007 death of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which the Pakistan Interior Ministry initially chalked up to Bhutto hitting her head on a sunroof when the vehicle she was riding in was attacked. Who knew that "sunroof" meant "bullet" in Pakistan?

Can't America at least make the goodies-for-abuse program more of a meritocracy? In other words, you screw up less, you get more money in your goodie bag. You screw up more -- although it's difficult to imagine that bar being raised any higher -- and you get your allowance cut.


Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
 
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