Why continue giving billions to Pakistan?

Why are we giving Pakistan billions each year in assistance for fighting terrorism if they're so outrageously bad at it?

Chump change? I don’t think so. Since 9/11, we’ve given over $18 billion in U.S. aid to the country. For 2011, another $1.8 to $2 billion is earmarked for the country. And what do we have to show for it?

Earlier this year, the country held one of our CIA agents, returning him only after we paid millions more in essentially a ransom to get him back. Relations are strained. And now the country’s leaders are saying the United States overstepped its authority and violated the sovereignty of the nation of Pakistan.

I’m sorry, but if Pakistan were doing its job, we wouldn’t have to do it for them.

This is ridiculous. I’m all in favor of an ally aiding other allies, particularly in a fight as important as the one we’re waging now against terrorism.

But Pakistan isn’t living up to its end of the bargain. What has the country exactly been doing with this billions in aid? Have they directed the money toward enhanced counterterrorism efforts? Have they assisted American interests in securing peace in the region? Sending troops to Afghanistan or in Iraq, perhaps? It’s hard to say what sort of return the American taxpayer is getting on this investment.

You don’t need me to tell you how far $20 billion will go stateside. I can think of thousands of homeless folks in Alabama and the South reeling from the devastation of tornadoes.