I came across this article earlier today regarding Dr. Shakil Afridi (h/t Breitbart.) For those of you not familiar with Dr. Afridi, he helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden. According to different news sources, the doctor was recruited by the CIA to run a vaccination clinic to collect blood samples from the local population, including the inhabitants of the nearby Bin Laden compound, under the guise of hepatitis testing when the actual purpose of the sample collection was to test for DNA.
In the article we learn that our brilliant Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, outed him in January 2012. The doctor was arrested by Pakistani authorities, charged with treason, and has now been tried and convicted, by the tribal Pakistani court and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
What has been Secretary Leon Panetta’s reaction?
When Afridi was charged with treason in January, Panetta lamely said that Pakistanis should be against the charge, because they were threatened by terrorism, too: “For them to take this kind of action against somebody who was helping to go after terrorism, I just think is a real mistake on their part.”
What has been our illustrious Secy. Hillary Clinton’s reaction?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for his release.
There is something morally reprehensible to me, as an American, when I read articles about my Government’s (as in politician) stupid behavior regarding foreign nationals who risk their lives, on our (all us Americans’) behalf. You would think Panetta, who headed the CIA before coming to Defense, would have the smarts to keep his mouth shut. But then, what can you expect from an Administration who has now given the go-ahead for a Hollywood-style Bin Laden movie.
Perhaps there’s more to this story, there always is, but when I consider those Presidential “spike the football” photo ops vs. the price this doctor and his family have paid, I’m expressly disappointed that our Government so far has done and said publicly, N O T H I N G.
This cannot stand. The aid that we send to Pakistan, this year alone – $6 billion – demands some overt response from the Administration directly to Pakistan. While we may be working behind the scenes, this is not a behind the scenes issue. If we can bring a blind Chinese dissident to the US, whose only claim to fame was protesting human rights, we can pressure Islamabad to release the doctor, who helped us find a murderer of 3000+ Americans, and allow him and his family to emigrate to the US. We’ve cut off aid to Pakistan before (Carter and Bush), and nukes or no nukes, it will be interesting to see if this Administration has the cajones to act forcefully and responsibly.
Cross-posted at www.political-woman.com