The U.S. Politically Exploits Bin Laden’s Death at the Expense of the ISI [Editorial]
According to a new book, Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him, written by the American investigative journalist, Richard Miniter, one of the senior colonels of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) voluntarily gave a clue to the United States government for the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in December of 2010. Thus, the Navy SEAL Operation that occurred in the dark of the night was not a surprise for Pakistan military as it was informed months prior to carrying it out that target has been set. The ISI’s Public Relations director general, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa forthrightly denies any such case, which means this new book contains a total “fabricated story”.
The book further implies that Pakistan Army was aware of Bin Laden’s entire family’s presence and did nothing, which means that it was involved with the terrorists. Upon closer inspection, one can easily find many holes in this bogus book that reeks with a malign toward Pakistan and its military. Contrary to what has been claimed in the book as a “tacit consent” between the Obama administration and Pakistan military, the U.S. actually violated the sovereignty of
Pakistan on May 2 near the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul. However, Miniter does admit that the role Pakistan had played, or lack thereof, in this entire scenario has been clearly misled and is an incomplete picture.
There is another book coming out called No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account Of The Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, which also claims to be the first eye witness account penned down by one of the U.S. Navy SEALs with a pseudonym of Mark Owen along with an American journalist, Kevin Maurer. All of these books releasing into the market straight one after another in an election year cast a shadow of a doubt on their clandestine agenda and questions their
Already the Obama administration takes pride in killing Bin Laden and capitalises on that to help re-elect the sitting U.S. President. Within the U.S. military and intelligence community, many disagree with that approach and say that President Obama had little to do with it then what he takes credit for and secondly, his entire public attitude about one of the most important and controversial military operation in the U.S. history is politically exploitative.
They have accused him of leaking sensitive details about the mission just to garner praise for himself. A recently released documentary called Dishonorable Disclosures emphasizes on this fact alone. Thus everything about this issue which is making it to the print has been taken over by the opportunists to score points in getting their narrative ahead of the Pakistani version of the events.
Now the question is, putting beside the fact of political motivation Obama administration had shown throughout this matter, what can the U.S. gain by shading Pakistan military in this negative light and if what has been claimed by the U.S. officials is minutely true, then why is not Pakistan Army admitting its own part of the deal? There are additional questions that ramify
from the claimed involvement of the ISI in the military raid, and a major one is whether the senior colonel was acting on his own when he tipped off the CIA or was he complying with the orders that the ISI Chief must have given him in an informal way.
Due to this “silent help” that apparently the ISI provided the CIA with, the U.S. has not stopped the military aid to Pakistan. If all this is true, then why would not Pakistan Army come forward enthusiastically claiming that it is the one to finally hunt down the most wanted man in the world? The reason is very simple, because it never was the case.