Boston Globe, May 4, 2009
Senators John F. Kerry and Richard Lugar introduced legislation today to put into effect key elements of President Obama's new strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The bill would triple US aid to Pakistan's government to $1.5 billion a year -- and decouple it from military aid, which would be determined each year based on cooperation with the United States on fighting Al Qadea and the Taliban.
The legislation would also require the president to submit a detailed strategy for assistance to Pakistan.
Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lugar, a senior Republican on the panel, say that there needs to be an overhaul of the US-Pakistan relationship.
"The status quo is not working: the United States believes it is paying too much and getting too little—and most Pakistanis believe exactly the opposite," they say in a summary of the bill.
"The Kerry-Lugar approach towards Pakis…