May 3, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are looking for more
answers about Pakistan. They're threatening to cut off the nearly $1.3 billion in annual aid to that country if it turns out that the government there knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding for years in a home in a city not far from the country's capital.
The compound was just a half mile from a military academy that
is Pakistan's version of West Point.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the intelligence panel, says
she wants more details from CIA director Leon Panetta and others
about the Pakistani government's role. And the second-ranking House Democrat, Steny Hoyer, says Pakistan needs to ease doubts about its commitment to fighting terrorists -- or Congress should look into reducing U.S. aid.
But one Republican senator says cutting off ties to Pakistan
would "create a failed state" there. Lindsey Graham says he
understands the frustration -- but that it's "not in our national
security interest" to let the partnership with Pakistan be
destroyed by this episode.
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