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  • westervillekid westervillekid Mar 11, 2013 9:20 AM Flag

    Pakistan/Iran to build new N/G pipeline-Stupid is as stupid does-Obama requests 2.2 foreign aid-US sanctions can be side stepped with aid m


    In the State-Foreign Operations budget for the 2013 fiscal year, the Obama administration requested $2.2 billion in foreign aid to Pakistan and $1.56 billion for Egypt, according to a Congressional Research Service obtained by the Federation of American Scientists
    The leaders of Pakistan and Iran on Monday pushed ahead with a pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran despite American opposition, with the Iranian president saying the West has no right to block the project.
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke during a ceremony alongside his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, in Iran near the Pakistani border intended to mark the beginning of construction of the Pakistani side of the pipeline.
    The Iran-Pakistan pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its mushrooming energy needs at a time when the country is facing increased blackouts and energy shortages.
    But there are serious doubts about how Pakistan could finance the $1.5 billion needed to construct the pipeline and whether it could go through with the project without facing U.S. sanctions, which Washington has put in place to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
    In live television images shown on Pakistani TV, Zardari and Ahmadinejad shook hands with various dignitaries as the ceremony got under way.
    "Today is a historic day. The gas pipeline project is the beginning of a great work," said Ahmadinejad, speaking to dignitaries from both countries. "The Westerners have no right to make any obstacles in the way of the project."
    Monday's ceremony comes just days before the Pakistani government's term is set to expire and could be

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