President Barack Obama said this past week that Osama bin Laden had some type of a support network in Pakistan. Obama added that it is not yet known if bin Laden received help from Pakistan’s government.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, said Pakistan did not protect bin Laden.
In the wake of bin Laden’s discovery and death, several lawmakers have suggested the U.S. distance itself from Pakistan and consider reducing aid to the country. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was involved in planning a 2009 bill that gives Pakistan $1.5 billion annually for five years, has called for a hearing to assess the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., suggested cutting military aid to Pakistan but not economic development aid.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, sponsored a bill that would freeze aid to Pakistan until its government proves it was not complicit in hiding bin Laden.
Obama’s national security adviser has asked that U.S. investigators be allowed to interview bin Laden’s three widows to see if they have information on who was helping him hide out.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. must maintain its relationship with Pakistan.
What course should the U.S. take in its relationship with Pakistan?