Rawalpindi, Pakistan, December 31, 2017.
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On January 1, U.S. President Donald Trump sent out a tweet accusing Pakistan of “lies and deceit” and then threatened to cut off all assistance that was in the pipeline. After some backtracking, saying it would slash only some funds, the administration returned to its initial position, announcing that it would in fact suspend all security-related assistance, including the Coalition Support Fund program, a very lucrative cash cow that has accounted for close to half of the $34 billion lavished on Pakistan since 2002.

This is not the first time, of course, that U.S. officials have called Pakistan out for its perfidy despite American generosity. Former President Barack Obama did so, albeit with more finesse, and even acted militarily against Pakistan in May 2011 when he ordered in U.S. Navy SEALs to kill Osama bin Laden, who was hiding in a safe house less than a mile from the premier military

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  • C. CHRISTINE FAIR is Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is the author of the forthcoming book, In Their Own Words: Understanding the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. Follow her on Twitter @cchristinefair. 
  • SUMIT GANGULY is Professor of Political Science and Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University–Bloomington and a Visiting Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. His latest book (with William R. Thompson) is Ascending India and Its State Capacity
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