Gates: Troops could go to Pakistan

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday that the United States is "ready, able and willing" to send troops to Pakistan if the government of the South Asian nation is interested.

U.S. military officials have told CNN that commanders are reviewing a classified planning order that could result in troops going to Pakistan for training purposes if Pakistan's government

The cost of any new training program would be in addition to the $750 million in security and economic aide the United States provides to the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of time before the $750 million dollar aid program will become inextricably linked to American military presence inside Pakistan.

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