Dem lawmaker calls Pakistan a 'schizophrenic' nuclear power

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said the discovery of Osama bin Laden so close to a top Pakistani military academy indicates that some high-ranking Pakistani officials undoubtedly knew his whereabouts. 

The Democratic lawmaker, a key voice on anti-terrorism issues, said repeatedly that this is evidence that Pakistan is a "schizophrenic nuclear power."

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"Pakistan is not a singular entity, it's a schizophrenic superpower, a schizophrenic nuclear power," Sherman said in a C-SPAN interview. "The fact is, there were elements of Pakistan that I'm sure knew [bin Laden's location], and there were elements that did not."

Sherman, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, was briefed Tuesday on the raid that ended in the killing of bin Laden early Monday morning in Pakistan. He said on C-SPAN that he believes there is "some real anger toward Pakistan in the upper reaches of the American government."

Sherman noted that bin Laden for some reason felt comfortable building his compound "down the street" from what he called Pakistan's West Point. "He must have thought, he must have been told, that this was a safe place to be cocooned with the Pakistani military," he said.

"This is the most dangerous situation in the world," he added. "You've got a nuclear power that is clearly schizophrenic, and has elements in it that, while [they] may not be al Qaeda, are at least al Qaeda-sympathetic."

For these reasons, Sherman said, U.S. aid to Pakistan must be carefully disbursed to ensure it does not fall into the wrong hands. "The aid has got to be carefully given, only to the right forces, only for the right reasons, and only in return for expected results," he said.

Sherman was also critical of U.S. actions after the military operation, particularly the decision by U.S. officials to publicize the fact that Pakistani officials did not know the raid was coming.

"My concern is, why were we rubbing the noses of Pakistani citizens in the fact that their sovereignty was violated and their military was unable to do anything about it?" he asked. Sherman said he got an "unremarkable" answer to this question in his briefing, but said he thinks "not a lot of thought" went into the issue.