Are struggling U.S. taxpayers helping Pakistan to expand its nuclear arsenal?
The unfortunate answer to the important question seems to be: Yes.
The New York Times has an interesting story today that Pakistan is boosting its nuclear weaponry.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistanâ€™s nuclear program.
….Inside the Obama administration, some officials say, Pakistanâ€™s drive to spend heavily on new nuclear arms has been a source of growing concern, because the country is producing more nuclear material at a time when Washington is increasingly focused on trying to assure the security of an arsenal of 80 to 100 weapons so that they will never fall into the hands of Islamic insurgents.
The administrationâ€™s effort is complicated by the fact that Pakistan is producing an unknown amount of new bomb-grade uranium and, once a series of new reactors is completed, bomb-grade plutonium for a new generation of weapons.
Over the last eight years, the U.S. has provided Pakistan over $11 billion in military and economic aid.
Surely, even if the U.S. aid is not directly diverted to nuclear weapon projects it is being done indirectly by enabling Pakistan to use money for expanding its nuclear arsenal that it would have been forced to use on other projects in the absence of American assistance.
The Guardian had a story last year on how Pakistan was misspending billions of dollars in American millitary assistance.
As U.S. tax payers struggle with a wave of foreclosures, huge job losses and increasing outsourcing, the schmucks can take comfort that their precious tax dollars is going to expand the nuclear bombs of one of the most dangerous and unstable regimes in the world.
God Bless America.