The Pakistani government has requested that the United States replace two P-3C Orion aircraft lost during a terrorist attack on their base. Lovely.
Pakistan will ask the United States to supply it two additional PC-3 Orion planes for its Navy to make up the deficiency of the loss of two planes which were destroyed by the terrorists on Sunday evening at Mehran Air Base Karachi in an act of terrorism.
Pakistan being an ally of the US in the so-called war on terrorism reserves the right for making such demand. The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) that will discuss various aspects of the matter in its meeting on Wednesday could take a position about the demand.
Yeah… they use that word “ally”. I don’t think they understand that word in the way that WE mean it. Note the use of the “so-called war on terrorism” bit. Personally, I’d just be happy if they’d make up their mind as to which side they intend to support. Pakistan’s support to date is a lot like having your girl friend say she wants to date other guys while still living under your roof and being supported by you.
Pakistan’s plea has strong backing in view of the act of terrorism that caused the destruction of the two planes. Pakistan Naval Aviation is an important arm of the Pakistan Navy and assists in the surface and submarine flights to guarantee the safety of Pakistan sea borders. The loss of the planes could weaken the capacity of the Navy in actions against the terror activities across the sea. The US is supposed to provide two such planes by the end of the year according to earlier agreed schedule.
Yeah. It might prevent the Pakistani Navy from providing cover for terrorists trying to use the sea lanes to get into India, say, or move nuclear materials from Pakistan to somewhere they would like to use them. Not that I have any proof of anything like that going on. After all, Pakistan is our “ally” in this whole “so-called war on terror” thingie. Knock knock, wink wink, say no more say no more.
Personally, I like to see the old P-3’s being put to use since the idiots running NavAir have seen fit to ditch them in favor of a less-capable, more expensive platform( P-8, I’m looking at you), which is also in keeping with recent Navy ship productions like, say, LCS and DDG-1000.
If the Pakistanis had been a little more interested in actually securing their base, they might not be hitting us up for more assets. Let’s pray to all the Gods that they have better security on their nukes. I’ll admit not being terribly comfortable with that thought right now.