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May 10th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should U.S. continue raids to capture or kill terrorists in Pakistan?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

We now know that the United States had contingency plans in place for military action against Pakistani forces if they had tried to stop the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound last week that resulted in his killing.

Just another indication that despite the billions we've given Pakistan over the past decade to help combat terrorism, we didn't fully trust their commitment to finding bin Laden or any other high profile terrorist who might be living and plotting and scheming within their borders.

The relationship between the United States and Pakistan is deeply strained now. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has warned the United States that his country's military will respond to any future U.S. raid.

Gilani said in a speech Monday, "Any attack against Pakistan's strategic assets, whether overt or covert, will find a matching response."

Fighting words.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California and chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee is now questioning the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and the amount of aid we send that country, $20 billion over the last eight years. She says that relationship makes "less and less sense."

But two other top leaders from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sens. John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts, and Dick Lugar, Republican from Indiana, are defending U.S. aid to Pakistan.

Pakistan has nuclear weapons. Trying to figure out what to do about our relationship with them isn't easy.

Here’s my question to you: Should U.S. continue raids to capture or kill terrorists inside Pakistan?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Terry in Virginia:
The U.S. government should defend and protect us against terrorism and threats of terrorism throughout the world and if that means more raids in Pakistan, so be it. If Pakistan doesn't like it, then perhaps its leaders should reconsider giving safe harbor to terrorists.

Greg in Ontario:
Pakistan is playing us for fools. The West pays them billions in aid and they hide the number one (and probably the top five) terrorist in the world. That in itself is an act of war. Pakistan should become as isolated as Iran and all economic aid, immigration, etc. should be stopped until they prove themselves worthy of our trust again.

Joe:
Of course. What we should not do is keep a large number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dennis in North Carolina:
We should continue hunt and kill terrorists in any country that harbors them without a second thought.

Jim:
Absolutely. If the Pakistanis aren't going to do their job with the amount of U.S. money they're getting, then we should be allowed to go in and get known terrorist leaders when they're found. We need to concentrate on Ayman al-Zawahiri now that Bin Laden is dead. We need to keep taking out their leaders as they emerge and gather intelligence where we can. But I'm against any further wars and think we need to begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan ASAP as well.

Tim in New York:
If Pakistan considers an attack on Bin Laden as an "attack against Pakistan's strategic assets", then we've got a real problem. They're a lot better armed than al Qaeda, and that statement also makes it obvious which side they're on. I'm not wise enough to know whether we should or shouldn't continue such operations, but I will tell you this: I wouldn't be foolish enough to continue paying them when they've made their position clear.

Bob in Kansas City, Missouri
You bet, Jack. Terminate with extreme prejudice whenever and wherever found. They deserve the same due process as those who became their victims.


Filed under: Pakistan
soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Lyn Gottschalk

    Green Bay, WI USA

    Until Pakistan steps up, yes. Until Pakistan decides which side they are on, yes.

    At this point we have no choice but to take on the terrorists where they are.

    Pakistan is like a schizophrenic needing therapy and last I looked we were not licensed to provide that.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Art Folden

    Yes.. the 'deal' ten years or so was that if it became pubic (like if it happened) that Pakistan would officially deny such a deal – well Musharraf is still living up to that deal by today denying there was such a deal. I remember new about such a deal way back then... I'm old like you Jack..🙂 Art-Langley, BC Canada

    May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  3. Joe R - Houston

    At least killing terrorists where ever you find them is better than killing grandchildren for humanitarian reasons.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Alton Bledsoe

    Let's put this question into perspective: should crime be prosecuted and stopped? Forget which country the criminals reside, as Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced McCarthy's selection as new Chicago Police Chief, he had peace and security for Chicagoans at heart. Shouldn't the Fed provide the same? McCarthy's tactics have shown a proactive strategy in fighting crime. Terrorism is a crime that disturbs our tranquility. Until something better comes along you have to establish intelligence and act on that intelligence no matter what the risks or political strife it may bring. Doesn't this make sense? It did to the current Administration. Now let's see them apply it to Mexico and the Drug Cartel as well.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  5. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    It's like trying to go after every crook in your city. We might end up get tied up in Pakistan for ever. We already in Afghanistan trying to find a good way out and we can't.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  6. Kea from Honolulu

    McCain said in a CNN interview that he would never invade another country to capture bin Laden. If we followed that mindset, bin Laden would probably still be out there. The US should enter other countries only in extreme cases, like capturing high level terrorist leaders. The safety of America is more of a priority than upsetting sovereign countries.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Paul

    From DeepintheheartofHurstTexas

    Kill Yes!

    Capture No!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  8. barbara in nc

    Whatever it takes. If they don't like it, stop the allowance we "give" them.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  9. Russ in PA

    Why not just clear all American forces off of foreign soil, and end the blow back? Until the US stops meddling in foreign affairs, none of this will come to an end, and what remains of our liberties will be meaningless.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    May 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Counterinsurgency operations should continue in Pakistan. The Pakistani government will posture about their national sovereignty for their people, but $18,000,000,000 of aid over the last decade certainly borrows their national sovereignty when we need it.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  11. Jayne

    When our raids continually kill innocent civilians, you have to wonder who the terrorists really are. Maybe we should look in a mirror.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  12. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Definitely not. We wouldn't want foreigners on our soil killing people without due process. That said, due to his televised bragging about masterminding the 9/11 events and ongoing plans to terrorize America and take American lives, OBL was in my opinion never going to prove himself not guilty; so his refusal to be taken alive by our SEALs saved us a costly trial and heightened security risks for essentially the same outcome.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  13. Kelly

    The United States should go into any country that is harboring terrorists. These countries are enemies of the US and should be treated as such. If they are not harboring terrorists, they should have no problem with our coming in and removing these criminals.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Pete in Georgia

    I think it may be time to put away our "Crown of Knowledge", admit we don't have the answers to all the world's problems and that we don't belong in many places we think we do. It's time to face the reality that no matter WHAT we do for people or how MUCH we help them, ultimately they pretty much end up hating us and want nothing from us but that magic called........................MONEY.

    Enough.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  15. Jane (Minnesota)

    If the US can't rely on the Pakistani government to deal with terrorists and there is a known Al Queida leader hiding out there, then I would say the raids should continue.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  16. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    If they are high value targets and responsible for our soldiers being killed in Afghanistanand planning other terrorist attacks, then by all means they should go after them in Pakistan. We are at war and that is what war is, pursuing the enemy. Pakistan needs to know that we are serious and this is not Vietnam were the enemy could run across the border and feel safe.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  17. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Pakistan has just given us proof positive that they are no ally of ours by (knowingly) harboring the world’s #1 terrorist. So yes, we should continue not only in Pakistan but in any other country where these animals hide. We should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, pull our people out of every other country where we have bases, and then go after the others in similar fashion. Without having to fund several wars, we would have the military forces and resources to do this – not to mention stopping the huge drain on our economy.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  18. Phil, Georgia

    Keep'em on the Run Jack! We got'em scared and runnin now. Where there's one Roach there's bound to be more. Round up the whole crew, Osama had to be given those disc to sum accomplices in Pakistan. Get sum more major players and get ready to bring our troops home. Declare Victory but the war on terror might be forever.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Paul P.

    Absolutely, the American military has the capability and skill to make strikes that are pinpoint and minimal in damage. They are cost effective and demoralizing to the enemy. But Pakistan needs to be on-board with it, like them or not, they're too vital a partner to security in the region even if they have fringe elements within the ranks.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Loren, Chicago

    If Pakistan continues to ignore al Qaeda, then the U.S. should continue in its efforts to take that organization apart. If Pakistan wakes up and recognizes the threat that al Qaeda represents to it as well, the U.S. would be better off supporting Pakistan in its efforts. The U.S. needs to stop being the world's policeman, it is a thankless job and with no rewards.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  21. Ed from California

    Absolutely!! They're on the run now. So let's clean up the mess...once and for all!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  22. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    Under the auspicious of we're partners in the War on Terror, then yes by all means!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  23. Kim Smith

    Why push our luck? We have shown our game plan to Pakistan, so now every two-bit terrorists there knows the routine. We should bring the troops home and just use Navy Seals exclusively to assinate our enemies

    May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Pakistan is a haven for both Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. Of course we should make attacks as necessary, within a rogue country, who knowingly harbors terrorists.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  25. Tom in Desoto, TX

    It would appear the method to get bin Laden worked, stick with a successful model

    May 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  26. Butch Bethlehem Pa.

    Jack
    Has it ever occurred to anyone that Pakistan is using the 3 Billion dollars in aid to help pay for terrorist activities. Anyone of those idiots over there, could give the US information on terrorists and or activities
    and if they kill him so what their happy to die!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  27. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, yes. and more yes!! Terrorist groups like al Qaeda need to be dealt with before they can harm anyone else. If Pakistan wants our aid and comfort they need to be more helpful in finding these individuals within their borders. I can not believe Osama bin Laden did not have someones help inside Pakistan. Give me a break!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  28. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Until they get all of Al Queda's cash so that the bribes dry up, obviously yes.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  29. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl.

    This is like the kids game; 'Whack-a-mole'. Another terrorist is bound to pop up somewhere else. Bring all the troops home and secure America first.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  30. Dave

    I think we should continue to capture and kill terrorists whenever and wherever we find them. I think we should so with a SWAT team type of approach with an emphasis on intellegence and infiltration. We will only be able to achieve this by removing our large military presence which will make it much easier to enlist the assistance of locals, which is vital for the infiltration component.
    Dave
    Seattle

    May 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  31. Drew

    Absolutely. It may upset Pakistani leaders but Pakistan is not a threat to innocent Americans. Terrorists are. Preserving our security is a higher priority than keeping Pakistan happy. If they were doing their part to keep these people out of their country, it would not even be necessary for the United States to conduct drone strikes and raids.

    Marlton, NJ

    May 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  32. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The U . S should continue to capture or kill terrorist any where on the globe who have attacked the U.S within it's borders or launched attacks on U.S interest abroad. If Pakistan is allowed to be a safe heaven for terrorist, as it appears it was for Osama Bin Laden, it would make it a tad easier for the U.S and it's allies to focus their anti-terror resources on a single location

    May 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  33. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Yes, as long as U.S. and NATO troups are in Afghanistan. Pakistan has to stop making excuses and rid itself of Islamic Terrorists! These terrorists care about themselves and 7th century Islamic Law first and are not helping that country be productive. That's why after more than 50 years of independence from Britain India is an economic power and Pakistan is almost a failed state. India does not allow religious beliefs to get in the way of its economic well-being.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  34. Conor in Chicago

    No. What we should do is manufacture a war between India and Pakistan so that the ISI will exhaust their jihadist resource on someone else and likely collapse under the military weight of India.

    Great powers remain great powers by getting lesser powers to destroy even lesser powers at minimal cost to the great power. This is what we should be doing.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  35. Kevin San Diego Ca

    Should U.S. continue raids to capture or kill terrorists inside Pakistan?

    Yes! What are we paying all these so called intelligence agencies for if we can’t use the stealth powers that they possess!

    I have said this a 1000 times before; we need to strap parachutes onto every CIA, FBI, INTERPOLE, and every other intelligence officer and drop them all into these rogue countries, and tell them not to come back until they clean up the messes that have been making for the past 50 years!

    May 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  36. Scott in Bellingham

    Pakistan must welcome the help. Right now the Prime Minister of Pakistan is saber rattling about how he will fight the U.S. with his war machine if 'they ever do it again.' This doesn't sound like a welcome to me.

    If Pakistan insists on being an enemy, and if the President insists on giving away $3.2 billion in military aid, then I say it's a no brainer, give the aid to India, not Pakistan.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  37. Anonymous Citizen

    Jack, what you are really asking with this question is should we go to war with Pakistan, given their current response and posture. Therefore, the answer is no. During the raid ISI and Pakistani military got "caught with their pants down" to borrow a phrase. We got in and back out before they were able to respond. That option is no longer on the table. Let Pakistan deal with the terrorists within their own country. Isn't that why we are paying them so much to be our "ally"? If they do not act on information we provide, that's when things get even more complicated. Our top priority is to secure their nuclear arsenal. If all a terrorist can do is throw a rock at you, make sure it's a small rock and not a big one.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  38. riley oday

    YES, and if they protest reduce the government and military headquaters to rubble. They are on the wrong side of the war on terrorism. Get tough get it done.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  39. Tina Tx

    No Jack we need to start packing up our equipment and getting the heck of of the other two countries. Job is done. We have removed the heads off two snakes & now we need our Natl Guard along the Mississippi River filling sand bags.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  40. Gerry

    Go for the throat. If we have to kill Terrorists in the Vatican, I'd say go after them. There is no such thing as a politically correct war. If were not in it to win than its time to pack up and come home. Capturing Terrorists is not an option, nor is rehab or a trial in New York. We are paying Pakistan billions for their friendship and loyaty which were not receiving anything in return. Lets rename that aid, Collateral Damage " and /or call it "Solation Pay" as we did in Vietnam where it was considerably less. These wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have gone on too long. I don't think there is a timeline or clear objective for either.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Arizona

    May 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  41. Paul From Austin, Texas

    What ever it takes and if they still do not like it stop all aid to them not even a red cent.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  42. Rich McKinney, Texas

    No I don't think so. What America should do is stop all financial aid to Pakistan and pull all our troops out of the middle east. We are done there and if Pakistan wants to continue to harbor terrorists then they become terrorists themselves. We do not support terrorists and their sympathizers so we and other countries should put sanctions on them either forcing them to comply or they go on the terrorist list themselves.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  43. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    YES, Jack. we waited over 5 years for Pakistan to do something about bin Laden when he was living less than a mile away from their version of West Point.

    it's obvious that the Pakistanis "are playing both ends against the middle" on terrorism and can NOT be trusted. in fact, I believe that IF the United States had advised them about our impending attack on OBL, someone in their govenment would have WARNED him.

    IF we see another "high value target" in Pakistan, time to "do the wackadoodle" just like with OBL and the Paki's be DAMNED.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  44. Kathie

    put the shoe on the other foot and the answer will be abundantly clear. how would we feel if Pakistan or someother country entered our country tocapture/kill a terrorist?? we would be outraged at such an act. enough said.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  45. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Of course, but only as part of a counterinsurgency effort. Nationbuilding and foreign aid leading to the wishful imposition of an American-style democracy on corrupt regimes never works, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Pakistan. Spy, identify, and fry should be our only strategy.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  46. Dick B

    The United States has the right to kill anyone, anywhere, anytime in any way we can when they dare to disagree with us. Personally I would just nuke the whole middle east. This is a just solution when you can't tell the good guys from the bad guys. It is the responsibility of freedom loving people to root out the liberty haters. If they don't do it then they deserve no mercy from those who love justice so much that they are willing to kill women and children to make the world a better place.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  47. JENNA ROSEVILLE CA

    Should U.S. continue raids to capture or kill terrorists inside Pakistan?

    I don't care where the known terrorist are, if we find them then we should take them out. If they, Pakistan or any other nation take American aide then they should be grateful that we are riding them of a terrorist too and not dare to complain. It's not like THEY did anything to rid their nations of the terrorists.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  48. Bill in Portales, NM

    The U.S. must scale back its military costs. The raids into Pakistan may be the last to stop, and could be reviewed again at that time.

    If the U.S.–Pakistan relations sour beyond repair, the raids would have to stop earlier.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  49. Terry in Virginia

    The U.S. Government should defend and protect us against terrorism and threats of terrorism throughout the world and if that means more raids in Pakistan, so be it. If Pakistan doesn't like it, then perhaps its leaders should reconsider giving safe harbor to terrorists and stop proclaiming ignorance of the facts.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  50. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    The war on terror has been a farce from beggining to end. It has been used as a cover to raid and exploit the natural resources of the mideast and central asia. For us to continue bombing, raiding and killing would only serve Identify the U.S. as a terrorist state to the rest of the world. Bring our troops home!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  51. andyz Lynn, MA

    Lock and load!

    May 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  52. Dennis north carolina

    we should continue hunt and kill terrorists in any country that has harbor them with out a second thought.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  53. Peg in NY

    Only if the intelligence dictates it is worth it.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  54. Sandstone.

    "Yes, providing you're willing to accept the back-lash! Those people have long memories, and are you sure of their guilt! Lizzie of London, is liable to lose Charlie's 'Crown-Jewels' for what she allowed to happen in Kenya 60yrs ago! Well almost."

    May 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  55. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    I don't know. They seem pretty pee'd off at us after our latest accusations of them harbouring a criminal. They just might start shooting at us. I don't trust them.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  56. Donald in New Mexico

    Yes. But we don't need a large force in Afghanistan to raid terrorists in Pakistan. Killing Osama has made the February draw down a much more realistic goal. Again, Well done Mr. President !

    May 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  57. Donald in New Mexico

    Yes. But we don't need a large force in Afghanistan to raid terrorists in Pakistan. Killing Osama has made the February draw down a much more realistic goal. Well done Mr. President !

    May 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  58. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Since Pakistan is a duplicitous country raking in billions of US support while mollifying the terrorists, we own them and their territory. I say send in waves of drones and Seals to take care of their imbedded terrorists.
    We all know Pakistan's military financed by us is a paper tiger. They're even afraid to go into the outlying territories populated by tribal chiefs who comfort and supply the Taliban. Were they a not a nuclear armed country, we wouldn't give them the time of day.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  59. Denny from Tacoma

    Yes, the U.S. should continue to pursue its enemies within the borders of Pakistan, with or without their help. Pakistan needs to be allies with the U.S. to protect itself against india. In the past, when the U.S. withdrew from assisting Afghanistan to deter the Soviet occupation, Pakistan made some concessions with Al Queda and the Taliban. Today Pakistan is trying to remain allies with the U.S., while still trying to honor their former agreements with Al Queda and the Taliban. Even the members of Pakistan's ISI were formerly radical Islamists, who have since been "purged", but still remain in contact with the ISI. Because Pakistan is sort of between a rock and a hard place, the U.S. cannot expect full cooporation from the Pakistanis in our war against terror. Therefore, we need to continue to conduct covert operations such as the one we just conducted against Osama bin Laden,

    May 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  60. Richard from Utah

    Yes. But, there is a very big problem there with Pakistan having nuclear wepons. It is a real big balancing act to keep them as a friend. We have to continue to share information with them. They have helped, 9when they wanted) and they have captured or killed alot for enemies of all. It would not do us any good to make them turn into a enemy.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  61. Jim S

    Absolutely. If the Pakistani's aren't going to do their job with the amount of U.S. money they're getting, then we should be allowed to go in and get known terrorist leaders when they're found. We need to concentrate on Ayman Al Zwarai now that Bin Laden is kaput. We need to keep taking out their leaders as they emerge and gather intel where we can. But I'm against any further wars and think we need to begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan ASAP as well.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  62. Blair

    Why not? We do everything else playing World Police....

    May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  63. NM in TX

    Jack,

    NO!

    We have NO business in Pakistan nor Afghanistan. Freedom can not be given nor imposed. It can only be earned by those who want it. There was NEVER a reason to attack Iraq. Just the oil corporations dream of oil profits, The same is true in Libya now.

    Our budget can not stand any more of this foolishness. But the corruption is too enticing so we will continue to waste our money and the lives of Americans so the millionaires; American and foreign, can be fed.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  64. maurice lee

    of course

    May 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  65. Ralph Spyer

    Were does it stop? Let start a war with Pakistan we have plenty of money. One has to look at the history of Pakistan to understan why they play and both side of the fence. One we just gave India nuclear bomb know how. Pakistan has lost over 2 million people in wars with India. When the British pull out of India the country was split in two ,over 22 million people migrated form India to Pakistan the largest migration of people in the history of the World. Most Americans do not trust this country and you are asking Pakistan to trust us and count on America, I don"t think so

    May 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  66. Marcy from Margate, Florida

    Listen to meJack,
    We should pack our bags, remove our military and take Pakistan
    off of our donation list. Just like we should do with Afghanistan.
    These people do not want American, British or French forces in
    their country and we should abide by their wishes.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  67. Bud Rupert

    Yes! But very carefully. What the Pakistan Government says for public consumption ( railing against U. S.invasion) and what goes on behind closed doors are two separate things. My guess is we are discussing the process as we speak.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  68. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    No. We should pack up our panties and come home. Our mission was accomplished with the death of Bin Laden. We have no responsibility and should take no further interest in Pakistan. All they want is our money that can be better used here. Get out NOW.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  69. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely Jack. It's quite obvious America's in bed with a whore who talks a good game, takes our money and then doesn't provide the services we expect. Pakistan's the closest thing I can think of to what I just described. But, as we all know, Washington sleeps with some pretty strange people.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  70. thom richer

    Pakistan has proven to be a doubtful ally in this long ordeal in the mid-east. Especially regarding the whereabouts of bin Laden and other terrorist leaders. One would have to be a complete fool to believe that bin Laden was able to keep his presence a secret from Pakistan authorities for such a long period. By denying knowing, is to further cast doubt on their being a trustworthy ally. Because bin Laden was the inferred reason for being in Pakistan to begin with, now that he is no longer alive, our military presence there should be terminated post haste. bin Laden was protected by the Pakistani hierarchy and military, making any further support by us null and void. We have engaged in these fruitless "wars" too long and for the wrong reasons and enough is enough. Leave for home now.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  71. David

    If we know the names and have the coordinates, we should pass a few of these to the Pakistani government to test how well they can perform.

    We just can't keep rubbing their nose in the failure over Osama bin Laden and expect them or the rest of the world to remain trustful of us.

    If they remain complicit or incompetent, that may be a very different story,

    May 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  72. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    If we're sending Pakistan $2+ billion a year, we damn sure have the right to go after any terrorist they're protecting within their borders. If they don't like it, then maybe they'd better start doing what we're paying them to do. Besides, if we can get a Seal team in to waste the slime ball, we can also get a few Seal teams in to take care of any Pakistani nuclear threat.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  73. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack
    I'm amazed how sensitive Pakistan is about their border security. America has no respect for their own border. I doubt they're concerned for the sovereignty of of another nation.....

    May 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  74. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes and anywhere else the scum bags are hiding. They should also tell these countries that harbor terrorist that we could make their country a giant sand pile if they can't control their people.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  75. Karl in Flint

    Yes. We need to tell the Pakistanis that if they want to keep getting any money then we will keep going after terrorist they refuse to take down.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  76. sandrakay

    Hello Jack,

    I thought President Obama was going to bring our troops home, not move them around. The money we invested in Pakistan can be used more wisely at home now. It's time to turn the page with Pakistan.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  77. Overby from Melbourne

    Not to put too fine a point on the subject, but I'd like each and every miserable terrorist to have the same experience Bin Laden had as the last thing to go thru his mind....a made in the USA bullet from an American warrior....go to them, wherever they are.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  78. Nancy, Tennessee

    I don't think Prime Minister Gilani stuttered when he threatened the U.S. if we go inside their borders again. I don't think Congress should hesitate in withdrawing aid to Pakistan. Countries that are bought and paid for have never made good friends. It's time to cut the funds and if we need to go inside Pakistan after terrorists, do it as their enemy not their friend.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  79. Barbara

    its hard to say right now but i think we should keep an eye on them at all times, for them to say that they didn't know ben larden was in there county should have second thoughs.

    May 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  80. Bob in Kansas City

    You bet Jack, terminate with extreme prejudice whenever and wherever found...they deserve the same due process as those who became their victims.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  81. peggy

    Yes, now is the time. They are confused and running scared. We need to take care of this heathen group before they are allowed to regroup and re-focus on harming the rest of the world

    May 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  82. Mike in AZ

    Our government is playing a very dangerous game Jack. We're spreading ourselves too thin and our "enemies" know it. The last thing we need is to agitate a nuclear power on top of everything else.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  83. Greg. Ontario

    Pakistan is playing us for fools. The west pays them Billions in aid and they hide the number one (probably the top five) terrorist in the world. That in itself is an act of war.
    Pakistan should become as isolated as Iran and all economic aid, immigration etc. should be stopped until they prove themselves worthy of our trust again. I personally will never trust them again.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  84. steve - virginia beach

    Ordinarily I would say yes but after learning that Obama didn't know whether it was Osama or the Prince of Dubai in that compound, I think we need to back off until we have a less-reckless President. Obama should stick to raids in the US to capture illegal aliens and those who employ them.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  85. Tim

    If Pakistan considers an attack on Bin Laden as an "attack against Pakistan's strategic assets", then we've got a real problem. They're a lot better armed than Al Quaida, and that statement also makes it obvious which side they're on. However, any future raids might eventually end up in the kind of shooting match that no one in the world wants, I'm not wise enough to know whether we should or shouldn't continue such operations, but I will tell you this...I wouldn't be foolish enough to continue paying them when they've made their position clear.

    Tim
    NYC

    May 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  86. dave in nashville

    Capture yes, you can't get information from a dead man.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  87. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    If we wish to be a society of virtue and morality then we must begin to put virtue before vengeance.

    Pakistan was a victim of our sometimes virtue-less society when we put our need for vengeance before respect, no matter the justification.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  88. Michael Hackensack, NJ

    How can any regular citizen, that isn't involved directly with the inner workings of the State Department, embassy, or other internal US gov't agency, going to have the real ability to accurately answer this question?

    Pakistan is a complicated poltical issue and this question is beyond that of the average CNN viewer!

    Good try though Jack!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  89. Jim

    Normally, I would say that Pakistan needs to pick up its weight, but it seems that they are incompetent, corrupt, or unwilling to do so. Maybe we should suggest India go in? At that, Pakistan will jump and begin doing their job in the War on Terror.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  90. Ram

    Yes. Absolutely. It is time that USA realizes that Pakistan is a country sponsoring terror with American funds.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  91. paul revere

    yes we should, jack. kill the boogeymen dead so there is only one terrorist the world has left.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  92. David Tiertant

    Absofrigginlutely. The Pakistanis aren't going to do it for us. If a couple of stray bombs happen to hit ISI headquarters, those are the breaks.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  93. Kevin in California

    No, we should not waste our money on Pakistan. Sure, they might have a strong terrorist presence, but if we had kept our noses out of the Middle East, we would give terrorists less of a reason to hate us. America isn't completely clean in this problem. We cause a lot of problems in the Middle East. If we stay neutral in Middle Eastern problems, it would protect our interests and our people.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  94. Raddah

    Yes! why not we're doing this to defend our country from these ruthless terrorists. Without our brave military Bin Laden would still be Terrorizing us.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  95. Maggie York

    No, we should not continue aid to Pakistan. When are we going to take care of our own country?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Renee Peoria,Ill

    The Pakistanis should be capturing the terrorists within their own borders. It's become clear that they were either lying to us or grossly incompetent, but they keep insisting they had no knowledge of Bin Laden's whereabouts. Time to put our money where their mouth is. Further U.S. aid to Pakistan should only be continued if they prove they are willing to fight terrorists in their own country. The U.S. cannot and should not be expected to fight this battle worldwide. Time to bring our troops home and concentrate on our own borders; no one else's.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  97. Steve from California

    Absolutely, Jack. If we don't, terrorists all over the world will flock to Pakistan under the assumption that they will be protected by the government. Then what, a nuclear nation full of terrorists? If we don't stand firm now and defeat the terrorists wherever they may hide, we may have a bigger problem to deal with in the not too distant future.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  98. Jackie

    Note to Pakistan: Put Up or Shut Up

    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Bill Jordan

    Absolutely!! We should also cut off all aide & consider them less than friends.................

    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  100. Buck Nelson

    All I can say is YOU BET WE SHOULD. Stop with the nonsense about whether we are allowed in there or not. This is war between the US and radical jihadists and we BETTER, under every and any circumstance, continue to KILL terrorists wherever those rats may hide even if we don't have the country's permission..... after all we are the US.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  101. Tiffany Ussery

    NO. we should not be going in to kill so called terrorists in Pakistan. We've already offended them to the highest degree and should not push a full on war. No matter how many "Terrorists" we kill there will ALWAYS be more therefore the "war on terror" will never be over. If anything we need to leave Pakistan alone for a while so we don't come across as the typical American bully. It's their country let them run it.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  102. honest John in Vermont

    I think Pakistan is the rock they are hiding under so I see little choice. Unfortunately Pakistan is a rather volitale country with different conflicting allegiences and us going in like we did will Geronimo is not a good idea. We need Hassassins.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Harbinger

    "The safety of America is more of a priority than upsetting sovereign countries."
    So starting a possable 3rd WW is ok, what if bin landen was in China
    would starting a all out war be justified as long as you got your man.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  104. becky - Las Vegas

    Yes, Jack, the US should continue raids and capture/kill terrorists provided we have strong CONFIRMED proof these people were aggressors or are an IMMEDIATE threat to US safety. In addition we (the US) should keep our mouths shut as to whom we capture or kill. The person should just go "missing".

    I also believe aid should stop. If whoever controls the nukes are stupid enough to use them, let them try. It's not like we won't see it coming and can take preventative measures.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Joan Crowley

    Absolutely not. If they don't want us, let's leave, close our wallet completely; including humanitarian aid, military aid and any other aid we might have been providing, and let them have at each other.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Amos

    Any terrorist who is found by us in Pakistan but not acknowledged and arrested/killed by the Pakistanis should indeed be targeted and/or taken out, for the same reason that we went after Bin Laden – we cannot trust or rely on them to do the job.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  107. george fredricksburg va

    Jack with the money and aid that we supply this country they should assist the United states in anyway they can.Any terrorist threat to the United states is a threat to the free world and with a country as pakistan with nuclear weapons terrorism must be stopped before those weapons fall into the wrong hands.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  108. Dale Bachman

    Keep the raids on terror, whether in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, or just
    where ever. I hate giving any of those Middle east countries anything.
    They all hate the USA, work us for everything they can get. Time for
    America to get really tough.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  109. John

    Yes. Call their bluff though. First, gain 100% certainty where the next high value terrorist is hiding there, perhaps using the trove of evidence we found, they see if they would work "with" us on the covert operation.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  110. MacDonald

    Jack, now is the time to test Pakistan.
    Tell them no more U.S. raids if Pakistan hunts down AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI or any other of the Top 10 terrorists that might be "enjoying Pakistan's hospitality". It's time Pakistan really proved they are an ally. Action always speaks not only louder but better.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  111. David - Madison, WI

    By harboring terrorists and enemies of the US, Pakistan is an enemy state and should be treated as such. If we find someone there, we should go in and kill them. If Pakistan objects militarily, we can take care of them in the same way. Maybe that's what it would take for them to get the message that US dollars aren't free and and that we mean business.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  112. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Foreign aid increases terrorism – anger against the leaders who take their cut "from the top". It's the very same anger a lot of us have with the same policies that have given immense tax cuts to the rich.

    This "trickle down" policy gives the terrorists ample "safe havens" in the very areas that need our help the most.

    We've got the "fire power", especially with our robot-assisted aircraft – to go where the Pakistanis still refuse to go – the areas they leave to the warlords and terror groups to govern.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  113. James

    AIPAC darling Diane Feinstein should be more concerned at the reason (US support for Israel's brutal oppression of the Palestinians as conveyed on page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report as well) we were attacked by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and should insist that we cut off the BILLIONS of US taxpayer dollars going to Israel instead as US states go broke!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  114. Chuck - Hickory Hills, Illinois

    Jack, you mentioned that Pakistan has nukes. It's vital for the world to know that a nation with those weapons aren't working with terrorists. Sadly, it seems they are.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  115. Dan-Eustis,Florida

    Not only should we continue raids into Pakistan to kill or capture
    terrorists , President Obama showed the World he is more than willing
    to do what is necessary to bring these cowards to justice. As far as
    Pakistan, what are they going to do ? Recall all their Slurpee machines.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  116. Mike Amaral

    The recent raid into Pakistan to get Osama Bin Laden, during which the US kept the Pakistani government in the dark its planning, only points out where were really are with Pakistan. We can't trust them. And if our president can't trust them, why should we?

    I think we should stop paying billions of dollars to countries that in the end, don't really have our interests in mind.

    Mike Amaral

    Walpole, Massachusetts

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  117. Ty

    Of course. We've tried pandering to Pakistan so they'd help us kill terrorists. Well that sure worked. Obviously, we cannot count on their assistance and we need to take care of it ourselves.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  118. Marc C. A.

    Yes, we should continue. No other country has ever had a veto on operations committed in our national security. Despite Pakistan's "outrage", they're most likely relieved to be rid of that viper (Bin Laden) in their back yard.
    Also, its always been said that if one wishes to hide, then one should do so in the last place others would think to look. Bin Laden accomplished this. He obviously snookered the Intelligence services in Pak. I don't think they, the Pak Gov't is culpable.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  119. James

    AIPAC darling Diane Feinstein should be more concerned about the reason (US support for Israel's brutal oppression of the Palestinians as conveyed on page 147 of the 9/11 Commission Report as well) we were attacked by Al Qaeda on 9/11 and should insist that we cut off the BILLIONS of US taxpayer dollars going to Israel instead as US states go broke!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  120. Kari Juuti

    Yes, the United States must proceed with finding all terrorists and ending their reign of terror over the world no matter the cost. Terrorists have no concept of what it is to live a life that involves being educated, to obtain a job and finally to watch a family grow. They are tought from birth to hate the liberties that us North Americans have. In conclusion, why let these people run freely throughout the world knowing that they will always seek ways to destroying our way of life, our people, our families......

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  121. Lee McBrayer

    YES,YES and YES without any conditions!!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  122. Sarah

    I can't believe we provide aid for these people! They are against us!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  123. Diane, Dogpatch MO

    Naw, next operation should be to send in the CIA to knock off Ghaddafi. Nice quiet black ops thing, no announcement. And if Ghaddafi ends up dead, well, who knows who did it. After all what's the CIA for?

    Diane

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  124. Rob Uranus

    this is where the rubber meets the road for Obama's administration. Did we elect a different American consensus about harboring terrorists? I still feel that we sent a clear message after 9/11 to all countries who harbor them. Either with us, or against us, there is not a fence to sit on here. All the reports in the past few days since Osama's death has been on how much grit Obama showed in calling the raid. Let's see what type of substance is beneath this, I have the feeling we are going to see nothing, just limping along until election day while terrorists are growing strong in countries like Pakistan, countries by the way, who are fully aware that Obama is our President and those same countries have thumbed their nose at the United States since the last election day.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  125. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Sure Jack, as long as we allow Pakistan to make raids in our country.
    We're just setting ourselves up for a nightmare by going into other countries and ignoring their borders. We're going to do this again and find someone declaring war on us!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  126. Dave

    Hey guess what Pakistan. We invaded and occupied two countries. spent trillions upon trillions. spilled blood. Don't think for a second, that if you have another terrorist living on your soil. the USA won't come after them. And I certainly hope you aren't taking our billions in AID and we find out you've been harboring terrorists; Selling them nukes.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  127. kyle

    yes!! for sure i find it pretty pathetic that packistain is being as rude as they are its not like they were really helping out at all in afghan. i dont see them in afghan fighting i think there just standing in the way and nato should push them out of the way nuke them or somehting

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  128. noreen salter

    No, Why does the States think they can just go into another country without letting that country know . I can just hear the American's screaming if another country came in their country without permission for any reason. The States is damn lucky that Pakistan didn't attack their intruders. The States could have a bigger problem because of these actions. There is no reason why the president of Pakistan couldn't have been informed even if he did not let anyone else know till after.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  129. Doug Bain

    Absolutely and quickly before the key players go deeper underground. I watched the President of Pakistan speek last night and I was empressed that there government is a democracy, but they should understand that when a country harbours terroist, they must yield to the US to pursue the enemy. I am surprised that the US has not invaded the country. I found it unbelievable that the previous President of Pakistan always claimed that Obama was not in Pakistan... now look at what the US found. Go get them and quickly!!! Doug from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  130. Gary Leming

    Yes.....I am worried about legal issues if we capture terrorists using illegal searches and seizure techniques. There is no way we will be able to put them on trial. We will have to kill them on the spot. And Eric Holder is against water-boarding?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  131. rob kamal

    not without support and cooperation from pakistan.if pakistan is really commited to fighting these terrorists,then they shouldnt have a problem helping us target these scum bags.if they are not willing to cooperate then aid should be stopped and we should start thinking about pakistan as an ally and more as an enemy.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  132. Eddie Quintal

    Yes we need to take down our enemies, Mullah Omar is the most important-Pakistan may have nuclear weapons however if we shy away from doing what is right because a country is armed then we might as well be ruled by the Nazi's, they were armed and they took down Europe to large extent, we fought back and today History will say we did the right thing.History will will write that the USA is doing the right thing in this age and time by going after the bad guys and taking them down. Yes and there will be immediate consequences but the world will be a better place for Children and their children and the generations to come if we clean the world of these radical ,stupid people who want a religious war that is uncalled for.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  133. Art Flemmings; El Dorado, Arkansas

    Absolutly! This privilege is the least that our $20 billion has bought us.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  134. Parimal

    We should not give Pakistan any single dollar. More than enough money we provided to Pakistan to fight against terrorism and what we got in return? Nothing....
    Look like they use all that money to support terrorism.
    We should use all that money here to support our economy.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  135. AJ

    ABSOLUTELLY.
    If Pakistan took our 20 + billions for job they could not handle, US needs to get it done.
    US paid huge money to Pakistan to FIND OBL, they used our money to HIDE him!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  136. Donald J. Glidden Jr.

    We must come to terms w/ the gut reaction that If it is a case of we can't do anything about the people who are wrong because someone else has nuclear weapons and they could fall into the wrong hands, then given all perspectives anyone must conclude that they already have (I honestly believe that is what this weird lull is with the reactions).If we really have learned anything, let us hope it was to "keep old school forever young" when taking in any information knowing when, how, where, and who it really came from. The best case scenario played out, and who isn't thankful or happy about that? Let the joyous news be spread Ding-Dong the wicked old witch (a.k.a Boogieman) at last is dead! WE DIDN'T BUILD NO CASTLE'S IN THE SAND (Song: All the Kings horses / Band: THE FIRM / ALBUM: MEAN BUSINESS) ! Legal? Wanted dead or alive. (never fear to be thankful) Amen!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  137. Rocky in LA

    Absolutely! Pakistan is either "fer us or agin' us". It's time that they take a stand to show their absolute solidarity with their great ally and financier, the United States, and support any and all efforts that we make to take down ANY terrorist leaders, regardless of where they are located, ESPECIALLY in light of their alledged ignorance to Bin Laden's residence compound. To do anything less, is an outright admission that they sympathize with those that wish to bring harm and death to those of us in the U.S! UNACCEPTABLE..for someone who wants to be called our ally!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  138. Michael

    Yes! we should attack and destroy any one or group which threatens our country or people, but we shouldn't do such a good job of advertising our actions, and any country or people who plot or plan to destroy us or hate us or harbor those who do, for Heavens sake don't send them money, if they are spending most of their time making food or shelter they will have less time to make bombs. I am afraid that sometimes the foreign aid we send them just gives them the money to plot against us, and anyhow I kinda like some of the ideas of Ron Paul we really don't have the money to be giving anyone our idiots that are running this country don't feel our pain, but that day is coming.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  139. mike

    Absolutely. Funny how we ignore our morals when we want something. Pakistan is a terrorist state. There's lots of lipstick on that pig, but it's still a pig. Remember when we had bin Laden trapped? U.S. Forces pushing him into the Pakistani forces. Somehow he made it through and disappeared. He has been hidden by Pakistan from day 1. And don't forget their sponsoring of terrorist attacks into India. Let's pull our head out of the sand.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  140. Cleopaktra

    No! bring all troops back home and concentrate on improving the economy. Stop giving aid to to Pakistan and let them build their own nation/country their way.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  141. George R Quarles

    Screw pakistan, yes we should capture or kill terrorists in that country. We should also STOP giving pakistan any money. Maybe we should let lsrael deal with them, we might get lucky and pakistan won't be there to bother us. pakistan is no friend of America!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Apps

    Pakistan is epic center of terrorism in the world, if we don't kill them in Pakistan soon it will come to our land. Pakistan is also nuclear which it is using to not only blackmail India but the entire world and US in particular to milk billions of dollars in aid. I think we should not only kill terrorist but destroy their nuclear weapons so that entire world is a safe.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  143. Paul Sandroni

    Sure why not. Pakistan lost their $20 billon dollar plumb when we killed Bin Liden. I know if I had something worth $2.5 billon a year I would do everything in my power to protect that plumb. The few crumbs that Pakistan gave us real ment nothing in the long run. The only thing Palistan didn't know was that we knew were Bin Liden was.
    Keep attacking and pushing, cut the aid, and let the chips fall were they may. God bless our President, and past President Bush, and all our troops.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  144. Stephen69

    Why where we giving them money in the first place.When the bush administration was saying we had no money for social security. This sounds like blackmail to me. We give them money to catch the bad guys, they or the bad guys.Who to say they was'nt giving them weapons to fight us with.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  145. barry Scranton pa

    Not since we got osama, keep using drones against small or large groups of terrorists.....preferably large

    May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  146. Pete Formaz

    Jack,

    Since when do we pay attention to threats by tea-pot enemies? The Oath I took years ago when I joined the Marines stated "Against all enemies both foriegn and domestic." Get' em where you find 'em. And although I don't usually agree with Sen. Feinstein, how far would that $20B go in solving our debt problem rather than giving it away by the handsfull to a people you can't turn your back on?

    Pete Formaz
    Helena, Montana

    May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  147. Ralph L.

    As long as our men and women in uniform are being harmed because of Pakistan's lack of willpower to protect our troops to the best of their ability you bet your ass we should continue these raids. This threat that they may use their nuclear weapons against us is absurd. This is just saber rattling by a country with no balls. Any attempt by them to launch would be identified by us long before they got a weapon off the ground. Man-up America-and Grow a Pair.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  148. monzur ahmed

    yes.U.S.A have a right to find and get any bad people from anywhere.If anybody support that bad people by giving shelter they are wrong.No matter what America will get the bad people today or tommorow by anyhow.No bad people cant hide from America.If the bad people hide in the moon America will go and get them.I believe in this country

    May 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  149. noreen salter

    United States has a bad attitude about the world. They do not own the rest of the world and we all do not go by the States laws. You are getting out of hand invading other countries. If it's about money then stop giving it and respect other countries. Pakistan is not a country without a government, The are a dematratic country like the states.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  150. Stewart in Portland

    Simple answer, Jack – until they demonstrate that they have anit-terrorist skills that produce results, yes.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  151. tommy potatoes

    Here's an idea? Why don't we just bring all of our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  152. Gigi Oregon

    The U.S. needs to shake the dust of their boots and come home. They have their killer. It is time to bring America back prosperity We have slipped, way low, borrowing money is sad, Borrowing from China is stupid. Let start by taxing every person it the U.S. and not just the middle class. If we want to fight with big guns we need to be able to pay for it. And not leave our Grandchildren paying back the Chinese in China's new bought and paid for country once called the United States of America..

    May 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  153. Ron, Prescott

    Why not, as long as we don't say a word to Pakistan that were coming in, we should be just fine. Besides don't be surprised if Al-Zawahiri is found living in the same hood. We pay plenty to have the right to do a flyby when we get the right intel.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  154. Bob

    YES YES and YES, we pay billions in aid and what do they show us for that money. Duplicity and no action, its time we step up and get them ourselves, cannot rely on pakistan since their Intelligence folks are colluding with these terrorists.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  155. mark from ky

    we should send the seals after oil companies, gas prices are increasing to an all time high as oil declines, btw what about the illegal immigrants were at war with mexico. PLZ secure your homefront first and foremost, then arrive on foreign soil

    May 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  156. Jayma

    I believe we should get terrorist no matter what country they are in. Our goal when we started this war against terrorism was to stop terrorism. We shouldn't care what country we find terrorist in, we shold take terrorist no matter what. Even if Pakistan believes we are intruding we shouldn't care because if they were true allies they wouldn't believe we were intruding, they would believe we were just trying to achieve our goals to stop terrorism. And as the saying goes if Pakistan isn't for us they are aginst us.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  157. Greg

    Yes, we should continue to raid Pakistan or any other country that harbors or aids terrorists. Is it possible that the billions of dollars that the US pays to Pakistan each year is actually a negotiation…that somehow Pakistan’s nuclear weapons might fall into the hands of terrorists if the “ransom” isn’t paid?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  158. Larry Cassano III

    At what point is enough, enough Jack? The American people feel justice has been served with the death of Bin Laden, and although we should never forget what happened on 9/11, it is definitely time to change the record.

    Bin Laden cost the American taxpayers in one way or another at least 2 trillion dollars if you factor in the two wars being fought, the heightened security cost at airports, and the creation of the Homeland Security Dept. making him the most expensive man ever killed in human history.

    We killed the number one terrorist in the world. Its time to pack up our troops all over the world, not continue to overstay our welcome and do to countries what we as Americans would never tolerate from any foreign country ever. We need to get back to our policy of Isolationism like we had for the previous 150 years prior to WWI and WWII. We have real problems in this country that need our leaders attention. None of which can be solved by invading yet another Arab country to hunt more terrorists.
    Its been almost 20 years since the Baby Boomers have been in charge of the country and if we give them another 20 years, there could be nothing left to salvage. WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE TO MATTER..........

    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  159. Tim Fagan NYC

    Yes. And where ever else they are operating. We also need to live up to our promise to hold accountable those who are harboring them, no matter who it is. Over 100 Nukes in a country full of Kooks is really disturbing.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  160. Doug Ericson

    Yes. They need to get Zowhowarewe, and the clowns in Southern Yemen too. If the Pakastanees or the Yemenees protest, we can start sending them a penny roll each for Christmas. Doug.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  161. sg

    Yes, US should continue to get in a country to get the terrorists, the scum of this great planet. If honey (18 Billion worth) has not worked we need to use strong vinegar. If they can not be allies then let them be adverseies. Stop all the aid to Pakistan and kick some, you know what.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  162. the_dude

    Bombing women and children was bad when bush was doing it but now that obama is doing it everything is great.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  163. Tim

    If there is a lack of assistance from the Pakistan government to continue raids and capture terrorist then foreign aid should stop immediately. The U.S. government should review all foreign aid and stop sending it to all countries which oppose our interest.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  164. Rick from Los Angeles

    To answer your question, " Yes we can".

    May 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  165. T. Falcon, Las Cruces, NM

    The drones took the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban to their doorsteps–literally. The threat of the drones drove bin Laden into Abbottabad. The answer is yes, yes, yes. As long as reliable intelligence can locate the targets for the drones, we should continue to use them to make strikes within Pakistan. This is the only way to keep these two factions hunkered down and less functional. Pakistan cannot or will not contain them.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  166. Linda Claire Freeman

    Sir,
    As a Viet Nam verteran, and father was a career Master Chief and my mother was a Wave in WWII, I have some basis for my comments.
    We have let political considerations overarch military ones in WWII,
    Korea, Nam, the Gulf, and now the "terrorism war'. Every time this have proven to have been an error.
    I also know, that oil has been a big component of these decisions. Two things: stop supporting nations that are in truth our enemies, 2) get off of the "oil economy" (go Nuclear, Not One of the 173 Westinghouse PWRs I helped design and manufacture have failed, the Japanese failure was BWR). Energy Independance is "true independence".
    Lastly, I oppose most of the Republcan Right's directions because they hate me. Why? Because I am a senior citizen (66 next month), a lesbian, a transgendered woman, and a veteran who fought to be free and me.
    With respect, Linda.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  167. Dave from Indiana

    I think we should pursue terrorist no matter what. They should be made aware of our intentions loud and clear so there will be no mistake who is going to be hunting them down when they terrorize innocent people.
    As far as giving Pakistan financial aid because they have nukes, guess what, terrorist will get access to nuclear material with or without that aid, so cut it off – now!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  168. Bani watum

    Pakistan is much more dangerous to the free world than Libya, North Korea, or Saddam ever was, only because it is highly unstable and has 80 to 100 nukes. Along with the nukes, it plays China card to "milk" US billions of dollars every year. It is a terrorist state and the world's largest breeder of terrorists. The only way to handle Pakistan is to clip its wings by knocking out its nuclear weapons and break it up in smaller states.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  169. John

    Toronto – Ontario

    America should continue the efforts to bring down terrorist regimes without a question, however going in to foreign nations to accomplish such goals without the said countries permission is bad business practice. How are the other world leaders suppose to trust a country which says they are trying to fight the good fight, yet betray their allies trust to accomplish those goals?

    Although the decision to go in to Pakistani borders to obtain/kill a high profile terrorist target is understandable under those specific circumstances. Any further missions within Pakistan's borders should be cleared by the Pakistani government/military before entering there air space or ground borders. Actions like those recently taken by the US in foreign countries, brings further risk of unnecessary blood shed and war, further risking a third world war.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  170. monzur ahmed

    i want to say something when Pakistan is in flood America is the first country who went and help them.Pakistan should help America by finding the bad people.I dont know why they want help from us without helping us.I help you and you help me.As a muslim i hate that bad muslims who kills innocent people.Allah never says to kill innocent people.For one bad muslim we are all good muslims survivors.I am muslim my wife is christian.Two religious under the same roof.We both respect each other.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  171. Rash Palin

    You betcha! Why pussyfoot when we can take the terrorists down. I say shoot em and say "Gotcha!"

    May 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  172. Tony

    There are a lot of postings here that say we should not go into Pakistan because we wouldn't want other countries coming into the U.S. and attacking targets here. For instance we wouldn't want China to come into our country to kill Tibetan refugees that live here. We wouldn't want North Korean forces attacking South Korean communities in our cities.

    This is simple minded relativism. There is no community in the U.S. that has paramilitary forces that attack other countries. There are no communities in the U.S. that sponsor terrorist camps and training within our own borders that attack other countries citizens. We have a government that tracks, arrests, convicts and jails anybody caught doing this in the U.S.

    Not so with Pakistan. Pakistan is two faced for various reasons and I even think that they probably welcomed this attack whenever they learned of it because it allows their government to look innocent in the eyes of all the extremists over there. They look incompetant but innocent. They can always use American overwhelming power as an excuse. They complain and bluster but are relieved that we rid them of scum.

    For that reason, let's continue to take out these jihadis whenever we discover them, either with hunter killer attack drones (Predator) or U.S. Special Forces. If other countries really don't like that then let them clean up their act. Let's make them feel the branch creek.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  173. Steve

    Funny Liberals condemed Bush for sending troops to Iraq on cia evidence. But now it is ok to send troops to Pakistan on cia evidence that Bin Laddin was there. All of a sudden you guys are for war, envading countries, cheerleadeers for afghanistan. Sounds like no brains and just a bunch of followers. Maybe join Scientology.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  174. Daniel

    Absolutely. They are bluffing. They just need to quieten some of the angry voices on the street but behind closed doors they know they need US support. They are highly unlikely to launch a conventional attack on US soil since all their attention is focused on India. Their government is stuck between a number of rocks and hard places. They have a disloyal secret service chomping at the bit to snuff out democracy, India with its finger on the red button, a subsection of the population that are anti-US and then they have the US whose aid and trade support is crucial to their growth and security.They are impotent and they can't and won't do anything but pretend like they might. Let's not all get excited by their brinkmanship. If they house terrorists we are coming to get them. Period.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  175. Jack Des Moines, Iowa

    Not a single peep out of anyone here about the cost Pakistan has paid for this war on terror.

    1) There was no Al_Qaeda in Pakistan before 9/11. Al Qaeda came to Pakistan from Afghanistan during the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. These are the same people we trained during the soviet afghan war.

    2) Thousands of Pakistanis have died including civilians in these drone attacks and other terrorist attacks in cities all over Pakistan.
    A hustling bustling city like Karachi is now prone to terrorist attacks every day. But our logic is that 20 billion oughta buy us everything right? Innocent Blood has become so cheap.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  176. Frederick Diulio

    lets use the packistan aid for national health care .we despratly need it .in the netherlands every one pays 1200.00 for Medical why cant the greatest country in the world do that. it is corprate greed.we used to go to the moon but we cant take care of our own because we have to take of the world.hello it is time to take some of our aid back.the states are. and it is our own damn monney.
    Frederick Diulio
    Port Charlotte,FL

    May 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  177. John

    Why is it that most terrorists are Pakistani or captured in Pakistan and all these years we are paying Them billions of dollars? I thought we do not negotiate with terrorists. Am I missing something here?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  178. Justin

    If we believe that the Pakistani's knew where Bin Laden was then certainly they know where Zawahiri and Mullah Omar are so if they want to dispel the rumors then come clean and expose the other leaders of the Al Queda and the taliban.

    Why not conduct raids in Pakistan? This raid didn't embarrass them at all, they got caught harboring Osama, something everyone in the intelligence community was already acutely aware.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  179. Marc

    No we should not continue the raids,but we also should stop the aid to Pakistan. Then, move next door to India and give them the money and setup shop there.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  180. Brian

    What if they were in Russia?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  181. Sohail

    If anyone has ever read about the history of the region which I doubt most of the Americans have , for example , Great Game between Russian Czars and Great Britain , USSR and USA in Afghanistan , this chess game in Pakistan is bigger than some idiots blowing themselves off . Spending more than trillion dollar on Taliban where there are worse criminals in US does not make any sense to me . I would say pushing Pakistan against the wall would do nothing . But it can definitely start a third world war with China at it's back . I would say don't punish 140 million Pakistani for acts of some thugs .

    May 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  182. Matt in Milwaukee

    By continuing military operations in Pakistan without prior approval from the Packistani government we are clearly violating Packistani sovereignty. The real question that we must ask as a nation is does our military strength give us the moral right to take what ever action we'd like in Pakistan?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  183. Harbinger pei ca

    If the US invaded a sovereign country to get want they want where does it stop, why not invade to the north they have all that land and resources and don't know what do do with it, so let show them since we have the might, middle east has all the oil we need it more then them and they maybe hiding terrorist. no one can stop us so why not at least we can sleep better know we making the world in our image.
    Policing the world is the UN job not the Americans. Invading foreign country in the sake of national security will only breed more hate.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  184. Peter

    Jack,

    America reserves the right to enter any country harboring terrorist that threaten its citizens. The U.S. has spent billions in dollars and millions in lives fighting for peace since WWI. The American Leadership to should inform the Pakastani leaders of dire consequences for taking any actions against American forces. Time threaten and utilize the $600 billion defense spending.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  185. John

    Jack, the bottom line here is we, putting our national security interests first, were prepared to go to war with the Pakistanis and kill their troops in the interest of the United States. I don't have a problem with that.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  186. Rich Hendrickson

    The war on Terrorism has been as successful as the war on Drugs. The money that has been spent overseas could have made us much safer at home. We could actually be checking all of those shipping containers instead of 6-8%. All we have accomplished is to build more empires for power hungry politicians. We have made it easier for pallet loads of money to disappear with no accountability. We have taken care of Hussein who insulted Bush's daddy. Lets bring the troops home and stop meddling in other countries affairs. Since the 50's we have screwed up every Country we have tried to help. It's time to stop and get our own house in order

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  187. Kevin from Indiana

    In a freakin' heartbeat...

    May 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  188. KIrby

    Pakistan has nukes. mmm. maybe we should take those away. After all its not nice for little children to play with fire. This country is a mess. Seriously, why indulge more nonsense.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  189. Kumar from MD

    Absolutely, If Pakistant civilian govt cannot control its ISI and terrorists on its soil, it leaves no option for US but to strike. Pakistan better be accountable for people on its soil else agree with US intervention.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  190. stephen

    Pakistan is a complex country each and every attack we launch against the terrorists who use it as a base must have its costs and benefits weighed. Costs ( Pakistan government feels it has to make moves against us to preserve their prestige). Benefits (dead friggen terrorists).

    May 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  191. Rajesh

    What does the Pakistani PM mean by strategic assets?
    1. Osama Bin Laden
    2. Mullah Mohammed Omar
    3. Al Zawahiri
    4. Dawood Ibrahim

    and other Al Qaeda top brass?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  192. Paul in Ontario Canada

    The Almighty USA should pull all it's troops out of foreign countries!
    you spend 300 BILLION dollars in the War on Terror overseas.

    How secure would your borders and ports be if you spent even 1/2 that money securing your own country?

    You are the only country in the world that goes around looking for your enemies.
    Iran, China, North Korea, etc captures their enemies as soon as they enter their countries.

    Your country is NO safer than you were before 9/11.
    So what did you really get for that 300 Billion?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  193. Ed O'Dowd

    Jack

    Seal Team Six carried out that operation with surgical precision.

    Now they should be called "Doctors Without Borders".

    May 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm |