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Bridget Johnson


May 29, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will introduce legislation when the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess to cut off all aid to Pakistan until an informant involved in the hunt for Osama bin Laden is released from prison.

Dr. Shakil Afridi was recently sentenced to 33 years behind bars, convicted of “treason” for helping the U.S. locate the world’s most wanted terrorist.

Paul’s bills will come with a one-two punch: In addition to the first bill stripping Pakistan of all aid until his sentence is overturned and he’s set free, the second bill would make Afridi a U.S. citizen.

“Pakistan must understand that they are choosing the wrong side. They accuse Dr. Afridi of working against Pakistan, but he was simply helping the U.S. capture the head of al Qaida. Surely Pakistan is not linking their interests with those of an international terrorist organization,” Paul said.

“Foreign aid has been an abysmal failure precisely for this reason – we give the aid to governments who then turn and work against our national interest. That must end,” he added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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