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house Bill H.R. 3000

Should Pakistan’s Status as a Major Non-NATO Ally be Terminated?

Argument in favor

Pakistan allows terror groups like the Haqqani Network to operate within its borders and destabilize Afghanistan, it shouldn’t be considered a major U.S. ally unless it takes significant steps to disrupt and neutralize the Haqqani Network.

BowerPower's Opinion
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08/23/2017
We shouldn't tolerate any nation that harbours and supports terrorist groups that exist to disrupt world peace and bring harm to the US and it's citizens. Also @richard clearly you aren't familiar with history or basic NATO membership but Russia is NOT part of NATO
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R.dennis's Opinion
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08/23/2017
Pakistan has been taking billions of dollars from us for several years all the while training and harboring groups such as Al Quida and Taliban. These groups gain training, recruits, arms, and equipment that are then used to kill and attack Americans and our Afghan partners. Every fall they return to the safe haven of Pakistan to train for thier offensive into Afghanistan every spring. The Pakistani government has continued thins operation all the while spying on US forces and taking our money.
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Richard 's Opinion
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08/23/2017
Seems like that that should be done. Especially with all their terrorist activities including the sanctuary they give,to the Afghanistan tali born with their open boarder.
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Argument opposed

Pakistan is a vital U.S. ally in the Middle East and ending their status as a major non-NATO defense partner would undermine their military’s ability to suppress terror groups like the Haqqani Network and secure its nuclear arsenal.

Amitai's Opinion
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08/23/2017
This is just a stupid idea, likely only to destabilize the area.
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Erum 's Opinion
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08/23/2017
Pakistan has been a frontline ally on America's war on terror in Afghanistan for more than a decade. Given the current inner turmoil and the influx of 6 million refugees from America's war on Terror in Afghanistan, the country is unable to control the radical terrorist groups that have formed within its borders. It would be unwise and strategically bad decision to alienate a frontline ally and a nuclear power, while America is still waging its endless on War on terror in the region.
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formergeek's Opinion
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08/23/2017
This one stinks to high heaven, but "keeping our nuclear armed 'frenemy' close" where we can watch, monitor and influence them is less of a bad option than cutting them off.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJune 22nd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3000?

This bill would terminate the status of Pakistan as major non-NATO ally of the U.S. and prohibit the president from re-designating Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally unless they certify that Pakistan has satisfied certain criteria related to counterterrorism. Those include the Pakistani military conducting operations to significantly disrupt the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, coordinating with the government of Afghanistan to prevent the network’s movement between the two countries, and the prosecution of Haqqani Network leaders and mid-level operatives.

Countries that are considered major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status are eligible for priority delivery of defense material, an expedited arms sale process, and a U.S. loan guarantee program which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. Such countries are also allowed to stockpile U.S. military hardware, participate in defense research & development programs, and be sold more sophisticated weaponry.

Impact

Pakistan; the U.S. and Pakistani militaries; the U.S. defense industry; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3000

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to hold Pakistan accountable for its failure to go after a terror group known as the Haqqani Network that has fought against the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan from its territory in northern Pakistan:

“Pakistan must be held accountable for the American blood on its hands. For years, Pakistan has acted as a Benedict Arnold ally of the United States. From harboring Osama bin laden to backing the Taliban, Pakistan has stubbornly refused to go after, in any meaningful way, terrorists that actively seek to harm opposing ideologies. We must make a clean break with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process granting them a privileged status reserved for our closest allies.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) added:

“Time and time again, Pakistan has taken advantage of America’s goodwill and demonstrated that they are no friend and ally of the United States. The fact is, the billions of dollars we have sent to Pakistan over the last 15 years has done nothing to effectively fight terrorism and make us safer. It is time to wake up to the fact that Pakistan has ties to the same terrorist organizations which they claim to be fighting.”

This legislation has the support of nine cosponsors in the House, including six Republicans and three Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: daboost / iStock)

Official Title

To terminate the designation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally, and for other purposes.

    We shouldn't tolerate any nation that harbours and supports terrorist groups that exist to disrupt world peace and bring harm to the US and it's citizens. Also @richard clearly you aren't familiar with history or basic NATO membership but Russia is NOT part of NATO
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    This is just a stupid idea, likely only to destabilize the area.
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    Pakistan has been a frontline ally on America's war on terror in Afghanistan for more than a decade. Given the current inner turmoil and the influx of 6 million refugees from America's war on Terror in Afghanistan, the country is unable to control the radical terrorist groups that have formed within its borders. It would be unwise and strategically bad decision to alienate a frontline ally and a nuclear power, while America is still waging its endless on War on terror in the region.
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    This one stinks to high heaven, but "keeping our nuclear armed 'frenemy' close" where we can watch, monitor and influence them is less of a bad option than cutting them off.
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    Once again, any proposed bill from a GOP legislator from Texas gets a big, fat NO vote. And I live here!! You guys would rather die being "right" and morally vindicated than have your grandkids breathe clean air and live in peace. Again... FAIL.
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    If we terminate Pakistan's status it will cause them to dig their heels in and become even more closed in, more anti- America and more pro terrorist. This is s stupid bill and a stupid question. Where are the diplomats??? Oh. Trump doesn't have any!!!
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    How about we try not to alienate or offend any more nations with nuclear weapons? That really seems like the most prudent and safest move for both our national security and that of our other allies in the region. Look, I understand there are very real and legitimate concerns regarding Pakistan. Oftentimes they surely haven't behaved like the ally they claim to be. Quite the opposite. I'm just not convinced there isn't a less overt option for dealing with the situation and believe we benefit more from retaining the relationship than we would from disrupting it. As the old adage goes, "keep your friends close and your enemies closer".
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    Diplomacy is very complex. That's what the State Department is supposed to be for.
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    Pakistan has captured or killed more terrorists than any other country, and that Pakistanis have died while fighting terror. No one has invested more in the war against terrorism than Pakistan, The world should acknowledge their sacrifices and cooperate more strategically to defeat the monster of terrorism.
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    Pakistan has been taking billions of dollars from us for several years all the while training and harboring groups such as Al Quida and Taliban. These groups gain training, recruits, arms, and equipment that are then used to kill and attack Americans and our Afghan partners. Every fall they return to the safe haven of Pakistan to train for thier offensive into Afghanistan every spring. The Pakistani government has continued thins operation all the while spying on US forces and taking our money.
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    Good grief.
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    Burning bridges is not the solution
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    If you are going to stay in Afghanistan it makes no strategic sense to make enemies if Pakistan. Note the it was partially Pakistani intelligence that led to locating Osama bin laden.
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    While we can't completely trust them they are still useful to our efforts in Afghanistan and along their shared border. Additionally, they are a nuclear power with whom we need to be able to keep tabs as best we can.
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    The problem with this is we are thinking of Pakistan the way we think of the UK, Japan, or South Africa, which is wrong. Pakistan is not a solidified nation state the way we think of it. There's a recognized "central" government and then there are the factions that government must negotiate with within the "country" in order to keep the peace. This is similar to Afghanistan, Brazil, Iraq, or Mexico. There's no central identity. No "one nation." Our policy should be to stay friendly with the recognized government if for no other reason than they have the nuke codes. The central government isn't launching insurgents into Afghanistan the factions not under government control are.
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    Obviously Pakistan and the US have their issues but the last thing we need is another tense point in the Middle East.
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    Of course. We need to send a forceful message that we will no longer tolerate this country's harboring of terrorists. They can be friendly with the U.S. or the Taliban and al-qaeda but they can't have it both ways.
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    Seems like that that should be done. Especially with all their terrorist activities including the sanctuary they give,to the Afghanistan tali born with their open boarder.
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    I do not support shelling $$ to any country until our national debt is eliminated. Pull in troops from all countries ... they hate us anyway. BTW .... after North Korea stopped making threats to nuke Guam ... why are we suddenly quiet about disarming NK??? The idea was to dismantle their nuclear program ... seeing Slick Willie gave NK 5$billion disarm. WE are going to have to address this issue ... either now or when they are stronger. Now is the time to flex.
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    This would be a mistake. No, Pakistan isn't a perfect ally, but it is an important one.
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