(CNSNews.com) – Republican Congressman and retired Army veteran Allen West (R-Fla.) said the United States has continued to pursue a relationship with Pakistan while getting played like a “bad fiddle.”
“We don’t need Pakistan to be successful but as long as you continue to let them believe that you need them, they’re going to play you like a bad fiddle and that’s exactly what’s happening,” said West at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.
West added, “In that part of the word, it’s very simple. People understand one thing – strength. They don’t understand compromise. They don’t understand negotiations. They definitely don’t respect appeasement.”
Other members of Congress like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have said that now is not the time to cut off foreign aid to Pakistan.
“We need a good relationship with Pakistan. I hope we can have that good relationship with Pakistan. But this isn’t the time to start flexing our muscles,” Reid said.
McConnell said he does not think “disengaging from Pakistan, a nuclear power, in America is of best interest.”
U.S. and Pakistan’s relationship was thrust back into the spotlight after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Al Qaeda terrorist leader and 9/11 attack mastermind Osama bin Laden in a raid of his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where he reportedly had been hiding for years.