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The world's most wanted terrorist leader may be dead but a battle over American financial -- that's your money.
For Pakistan is very much alive here's house speaker John Boehner and what -- -- just a moment ago.
Frankly I believe our -- she continued to Pakistan.
That that that does not mean that there are questions that need to be asked.
It also does not mean.
That we shouldn't have a very serious conversations with them about their commitment to work with us.
-- to eliminate the terrorist threat to our country our soldiers and to the people of Pakistan as well.
What do we believe anything they say if we have that conversation John -- was just talking about Mike Barrett is a former director of strategy for the White House homeland Security Council.
At a former intelligence officer for the office of the secretary of defense he's -- with us from Washington DC good to have you -- thank you for being here.
Thank you list.
I get what John Boehner saying we -- -- you don't want to make knee jerk reaction to any kind of thing like this and it's very emotional obviously with the Osama bin Laden having.
Been living there right next to military barracks of some sort just within a mile and everybody's -- Course they knew of course senior military officials somehow had to help hide him in some way shape or form we don't have confirmation of that but.
What happens now with this -- this discussion this this talk about whether we should pull money out of Pakistan they get about three billion of our money at least that's what's expected for the next year.
Sure well I think that the real challenge here is we like to think -- it has -- a monolith you know we say the Pakistani government.
The reality is there's three powers of -- there are centers of power there.
What is the government itself political leadership second is the military and the third is the intelligence -- very clear long history of the -- inside their intelligence services.
Being in bed with -- -- and potentially therefore al-Qaeda so that's the one you gotta worry about.
The money that we -- tends to go to the political military wings so ironically if we do the thing that feels good and sort of make sense cut the money that we're giving them as sort of a punishment for potentially -- you know tied to al-Qaeda.
Then unfortunately we're actually weakening the two legs of the stool that are kind of more on our side and therefore you know.
ISI which is the people that are against us.
In your gut Mike do you think the retired military in Pakistan gave covered -- -- Lawton.
Sure looks like that so.
Somebody knew I mean there's no doubt that somebody was protected and but again was -- retired military is an active duty military is that.
The folks that are currently advising the current political leadership that -- -- in the last political leadership -- -- -- -- more in line with us.
-- those are the kinds of questions we have to get to the bottom up but that's why I mean -- in this case I think speaker Bonner is exactly right.
We that we don't want a knee -- pull the money because and reinstating it will be very hard also we have some -- history here with Pakistan.
And we -- a lot of funds to them about ten years ago in terms of some weapons they were gonna buy from us.
And it cost a lot of heartache they really felt like the US was kind of slap them publicly in the face and so we've got a political history here as well from cutting money.
So it's one of those things where it sounds good and it feels good as kind of a knee jerk reaction.
But the real story is a bit deeper the last thing we want to do is to weaken those that are trying to be on the side of maternity and -- And actually enough strengthening the the Hannity ISI.
We know it's going to get emotional with congress will be watching it thank you for your perspective Mike we appreciated so.
-- -- is former director strategy for the White House's homeland Security Council.
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