U.S. military wants answers from Pakistan

When we interviewed Mahmud Ali Durrani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, nothing seemed to agitate him more than accusations that his country wasn't properly accounting for the more than $10 billion in U.S. money it has received since 9/11.

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports, the Pentagon is considering requiring Pakistan to provide "detailed accounting" for this money and may even tie payments to the Pakistani military's performance against militants. (The idea that the Pentagon is getting into the business of lecturing anyone on accounting is a subject for another day.)

As you'll be able to tell from the video below, this isn't going to go over well in Islamabad. Durrani told FP that Pakistan views most of this money as payment for services rendered as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. As he colorfully put it, "If we take that money and go and buy bananas, how does it bother you?"

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Morning Brief, Monday, November 19


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