Senator Rand Paul (R – KY) is threatening to shut-down the Senate and stop it from doing business unless the U.S. insists that Pakistan release Shakil Afridi, the jailed doctor who fingered Osama bin Laden.
Paul said the U.S. “should not give foreign aid to a country whose government is torturing the man who helped us kill Osama bin Laden. We should not be giving foreign aid to any country that is not clearly our ally. This must end, and this week I will renew my push for a vote on this issue, including holding up Senate business to accomplish this goal”.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, from the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, differed with Paul’s assessment: “You would be a fool not to recognize that the Pakistanis have nuclear weapons,” he said. “So it’s not surprising that Rand Paul is the one calling for exactly the situation that might drive them to use them”