Saturday, April 28, 2012

Representative Dana Rohrabacher needs to resign his position.

His inflammatory position in Pakistan has made him completely ineffective in foreign affairs.  This is the second time his position and presence is untenable. He did this to himself. He has been so offensive he is no longer trusted.

by Declan Walsh 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An inflammatory call by an American congressman for the secession of Pakistan’s largest province has sparked uproar in the country, injecting fresh complications into stalled efforts to restart diplomatic relations between Washington and Islamabad.
The furor stems from a nonbinding resolution introduced Friday by Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, which stated that the people of Baluchistan, a sprawling western province racked by a seven-year-old separatist insurgency, should "Have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country."...

A separatist state within Pakistan will not resolve the problem.  The ISI needs to be resigned in and a stronger government within the country of Pakistan has to be established. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Pakistan is hope there is a stronger central government developing under  the current President.  Rep. Rohrabacher is looking for a reason to extend the war in Afghanistan into a war in Pakistan as well. He has not taken proper measures to secure meaningful intervention.

Why I support Baluchistan (click here)

Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, represents California's 46th District in the U.S. House

There has been quite a stir since I introduced a resolution this year calling for recognition of the right to self-determination by the people of Baluchistan. I drafted the measure after a Feb. 8 hearing by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations that exposed horrific violations of human rights by Pakistan security forces in Baluchistan. The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and other human rights groups have verified and denounced the extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, disappearances, illegal detention and torture being used by Pakistani authorities to suppress Baluch aspirations to control their own affairs....
He not only is he inflaming the circumstances where we have military deployed, he is inflaming the circumstances with Iran. The diplomacy with Iran does not need any more instability as Israel is currently optimistic in Iran moving away from further escalation of their nuclear program.

Washington, Mar 21 -
Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) (click here) sent a letter to the President of Radio Free Asia (RFA) requesting they begin “reporting on, and broadcasting to, the Baluchi population in the Baluchi language, especially those who live in Pakistan and Iran.”  The Government of Pakistan has brutally repressed Baluchi nationalism and denied the Baluchi people their right to self-determination.

“The central Government of Pakistan, despite the billions of dollars in aid that the US government has provided, has not acted in good faith with America, targets Americans for murder and has purposefully moved closer to their main ally, Communist China,” stated Rohrabacher in the letter.

“While the government and intelligence services in Pakistan act against the interests of the United States, I believe America can find common ground with the people of South Asia. The Baluchi people would be very receptive to RFA broadcasts in their own language and the increased exposure to accurate and objective news would no doubt be to our and their great benefit.”

Rep. Rohrabacher, with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)  and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), introduced H. Con. Res. 104 on February 17th, which expresses the sense of Congress that the people of Baluchistan have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country.

On February 16th, Rep. Rohrabacher submitted H.R. 4069 to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Shakeel Afridi, the doctor currently jailed by Pakistan for aiding the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In May 2011,  Rep. Rohrabacher introduced H.R. 1790 to defund all US assistance to Pakistan.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

I think the reason why Rep. Rohrabacher is out of line is more than obvious.  He is war mongering. There is no other words for it, I don't blame Karzai for declining him access to Afghanistan. Karzai has to live in the neighborhood after Rohrabacher leaves.

H.CON.RES.104 -- Expressing the sense (click here) of Congress that the people of Baluchistan, currently divided between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign... (Introduced in House - IH)

No one is happy about the jailing of Shakell Afridi, but, he has absolutely nothing to do with Baluchistan and to include him in a Congressional 'wish list' is only putting his life in more peril and not less. This act of aggression by Rohrabacher is outrageous and careless. Shakell Afridi is alive and in prison where the State Department can continue to advocate for his release. It isn't as though Secretary Clinton has not been successful in finding a method of release of others jailed. She is most qualified to advocate for Shakell Afridi. Placing Shakell Afridi in the same legislative maneuver with Baluchistan is to confuse the issue and make it more difficult to argue with the purpose of the bill. Rohrabacher needs to resign his position as Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of theHouse International Relations Committee.

Rep. Rohrabacher was way out of line calling President Karzai a primadonna.  Way out of line!
It is one thing to take interest in human rights violations and instability in Pakistan, but, to act aggressively threatening with a House Bill where NATO troops are deployed is completely irresponsible. Leadership both in Pakistan and Afghanistan hang in the balance. Pakistan is a nuclear country and any compromise of the leadership of the current President or any threat of escalating tensions between the USA and Pakistan or attempting to focus an aggressive tone toward movement within Pakistan is completely outrageous and overreaching of authority.

Afghans deny entry to O.C. congressman (click here)

...Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairs the committee's oversight panel, and has launched a House investigation into corruption in the Afghan government and into Karzai himself.
Additionally, Rohrabacher – along with Rep.Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana – met in January with Afghan opposition leaders – including those from the Northern Alliance. The group issued a joint policy statement calling for an overhaul of the Afghan government.  Rohrabacher was stopped in Dubai on Friday as part of a congressional delegation on its way to Kabul....

Representative Rohrabacher is seeking to cause more instability in an area under water two years ago. Pakistan was overwhelmed by those floods, communities were cut off, infrastructure was devastated, there is no surprise there are human rights abuses. We know anarchy dominates when catastrophe strikes and this is no different. Rebuilding infrastructure should return the men to work and bring an economy to the region if it is possible at all. Increasing tensions in the area will accomplish nothing!

WTO Approves Waiver for Pakistan Flood Recovery (click here)

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 12:50 pm
The World Trade Organization has approved a European Union waiver on duties for 75 Pakistani products in a plan aimed at helping Pakistan recover from devastating floods in 2010.
The waiver, announced Wednesday, affects many of Pakistan's most important export products, including textiles. It covers 27 percent of Pakistan's exports to the EU.
Competing textile exporters such as Bangladesh originally opposed the plan. But they dropped their objections after the European Union agreed to use tariff rate quotas on 20 products.
The WTO's General Council must ratify the waiver before it takes effect.
In 2010, massive floods in Pakistan killed 1,700 people, affected 20 million others and submerged one-fifth of the country....