Political Crises in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives. One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, August 1, 2007   [open pdf - 704KB]

"The current political crises in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have created the potential for multiple failed states in the region. It was a failed state that gave us September 11. Failed states are breeding grounds for terrorists and safe havens for terrorist activities, and failed states are precisely what we cannot have. So the declaration by Francis Townsend, one of President Bush's top advisers in the war on terror, that as a consequence of Pakistan's failure to secure its border region with Afghanistan, the United States would have to consider using military force inside Pakistan if it identified key al-Qaeda targets, was a stunning admission that the policy of largesse toward Pakistan pursued by the administration for the last 5 years had failed. After billions in military and economic aid, billions more in so called coalition support funds, hundreds of millions in debt relief and the sale of sophisticated weapons, including F--16s, we are at precisely the same point where we were immediately prior to September 11."

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