Another Friday night document dump...
As previously reported by Examiner.com, Barack Obama personally slashed the annual pay raise for the members of the Armed Forces almost in half last month from 1.8 percent to 1.0 percent. Citing "serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare" of the nation as his rationale, seven weeks later the same Obama Administration was able to release $1,600,000,000 worth of American taxpayer money to Pakistan, as reported by ABC News on Oct. 19, 2013.
Pick A Number, Any Number...
In an amount of money that never seemed to stop rising, the Department of State initially informed Congress on July 25 that it would require a mere $295 million to send directly to assist in beefing-up the Pakistani military.
Less than two weeks later, the State Department made the announcement that Pakistan's armed forces would acually need $386 million more.
Within days, a pair of notices hit Capitol Hill informing Congress that an additional $705 million was urgently needed to keep the Pakistani Army and Air Force operating in the widely Taliban-run areas of western Pakistan, as well as other counter-terrorism efforts.
Pakistan To Get Their Dam Money...
The remainder of the foreign aid package is slated for Islamabad’s planned Diamer-Basha Dam in the disputed Kashmir region which is also claimed by India.
Unable to secure financing from the World Bank, Pakistan’s leaders are banking on the American taxpayer to come through on their behalf.
Testifying before Congress last July, USAID forecasted the projected dam could “cost up to $15 billion and take a decade to complete.”
In the meantime, USAID vowed to the legislators that it would only provide "financial and technical assistance" for various governmental studies, such as environmental impact and how the region’s society and culture would be affected.
According to the State Department, the cost of the studies alone are foreseen for now at $20 million.