Af/Pak Spending Priorities

New initiative: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled $500 million in new development projects for Pakistan Monday, as the Obama administration seeks to utilize aid to build broader support in the South Asian nation for the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

Ryan offers the following chart for some perspective:


These days in foreign policy circles you never hear anyone say “Afghanistan is more important than Pakistan.” And you never hear anyone say “we can combat extremist terrorism through military means alone.” But we certainly act like we think the most important thing we can do in the region is fight extremists through direct military force in Afghanistan.