‘Bewildered’ by US policy on Pak, oppose sale of F16s: Robert Blackwill

Blackwill’s comments assume significance in the wake of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s ongoing visit to India, even as Washington is going ahead with the sale of F-16s to Pakistan despite New Delhi’s objections.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: April 13, 2016 7:53 am
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Opposing the sale of F-16s by the United States to Pakistan, former US ambassador to India Robert Blackwill on Tuesday said his country’s policy towards Pakistan is a “dramatic example of the failure of American foreign policy”.

Blackwill’s comments assume significance in the wake of US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s ongoing visit to India, even as Washington is going ahead with the sale of F-16s to Pakistan despite New Delhi’s objections. Carter has justified the sale of the F-16 aircraft, saying they are being supplied to Pakistan for counter-terrorism operations.

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Known for his sharp words, Blackwill said: “I am against the sale of F-16s by the US to Pakistan… I am bewildered by the US policy towards Pakistan. (Albert) Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (The) US has been doing the same mistakes again and again, and expecting different results, in Pakistan.”

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In a limited interaction organised by Carnegie India, Blackwill, now a Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy, said: “Every time a new administration in Washingtom comes to office, they get worried about Pakistan, which has a stockpile of nuclear weapons. The US Secretary of State then visits Pakistan and meets the top leadership. He is systematically lied to by Pakistan’s leadership, and this goes on for about two years. In the third year, he tells his colleagues at the (US) State Department that Pakistan’s leaders have been lying to him.

Then they think about how to deal with the situation, and the elections come in and a new administration takes charge. The same thing is (then) repeated.”

Speaking at an event organised to discuss his new book, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, Blackwill said India faces “serious geoeconomic challenge” from China. “China’s policy towards India has been to preoccupy India in the region. China’s relationship with Pakistan is aimed at keeping India sufficiently preoccupied in the region, so that it doesn’t challenge China at the global stage,” he said.

However, Blackwill said, India is a much more successful economic player in geoeconomics — even ahead of the US, but behind China and Russia.

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First Published on: April 13, 2016 1:36 am
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    George Cruz
    Apr 13, 2016 at 5:43 am
    Barat Mata Ratna Award for Robert Blackwill.
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      S Balasingh
      Apr 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm
      If we consider the Americans as our friends we must always keep praying like this ---- Please God protect me from my friends, I will look after my enemies.
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        S Balasingh
        Apr 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm
        The Americans must be really stupid. They havnt learnt anything from their past mistakes. They also dont seem to have any manners. Just a few days earlier they had invited our P M Modi with open arms and at the same time they seem to have decided to sell the F 16 behind his back. Our people should really think may times before they move close to the Americans for any reason. The Americans will ditch us at the most crucial moment.
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          gopal
          Apr 13, 2016 at 5:39 am
          even americans are confused what to do with a rogue nation.. what Hillary once told pak leaders as Secretary of state..you cannot grow snakes in your backyard and expect them to harm only your neighbhours... few in American are able to understand the long term consequences of what Pak is doing..
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            michelle_vedic_human
            Apr 13, 2016 at 5:57 am
            AUGUSTUS,----you stil thinking as backawards as CONGIS behind 60 years,----MODI and team are moving forward and not backwards,-----try to get adjusted to forward thinking.
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              pankaj
              Apr 13, 2016 at 6:03 am
              Existence of stan is proof that aliens are not visiting earth. Or else if they are, they do not have much idea about lies and deception.
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                pankaj
                Apr 13, 2016 at 6:10 am
                Same can be said about missionaries, leftists and Islamists.... Given the fact that aliens would be more intelligent than us if they are capable of interstellar or interdimensional travel and the fact that an intelligent species will not be able to tolerate 4 different deceptive groups growing in number, in all likelihood the aliens are not visiting earth. If some day you wake up and do not find one of these groups, you can be sure that aliens visited earth the previous night.
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                  Augustus
                  Apr 13, 2016 at 12:56 am
                  Modi has failed completely with stan and US, his total subservience at the feet of his US masters is creating more mess that any turn around for India, unless he adopts a tough posture like Iran, India can never hope to extract anything from West, revive the non-aligned movement
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