Nasser of Egypt was recruited by the CIA, and Miles Copeland in the 1940's. However it is one thing for the CIA to install a puppet in Bananastan, and it is quite another for the USA to work meaningfully and cohesively with their new puppet, with the interests of all at play. Intelligence and strategic thinking is required.
Zardari is a USA puppet, installed by the USA in 2008. Even though he is a USA puppet, Zardari still must deliver in the arena of development for his country. Zardari never criticizes the USA publicly, and he quietly backs their drone genocide in FATA.
Nasser the champion of the Arabs also had to develop Egypt, and when his puppet masters failed to help with the Aswan dam finance and construction, a new consortium of European and Soviet assistance completed the construction. Although Nasser continued to be a USA puppet, he moved Egypt into the orbit of the Soviet Union for two decades, until Sadat, another CIA agent tilted Egypt back into the USA orbit, with generous American aid....under Jimmy Carter.
Bluster, empty promises over many years, threats and non-military chicken feed do not amake a sound foreign policy over a nation of 190 million, with nuke weapons and a 1.1 million military machine, AND through which 70% of ISAF aid goes through to the illegal occupiers in Afghanistan.
The Empire does not know what it is doing.
US threatens Pakistan with sanctions over gas pipeline deal with Iran
The US State Department has threatened Islamabad with sanctions if the country goes through with a joint multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project with Iran.
“We have serious concerns, if this project actually goes forward, that the Iran Sanctions Act would be triggered,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday.
“We’ve been straight up with the Pakistanis about these concerns,” Nuland added.
The 1996 Iran Sanctions Act allows the US government to ban imports from any non-American company that invests more than USD 20 million a year in the Iranian oil and natural gas sector.
Nuland said the US was “supporting large-scale energy projects in Pakistan that will add some 900 megawatts to the power grid by the end of 2013.”
The threats came on the same day as the inauguration of the final construction phase of the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline, intended to carry natural gas from Iran to its eastern neighbor.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari attended the ceremony on the Iran-Pakistan border on Monday.
The pipeline is designed to help Pakistan overcome its growing energy needs at a time when the country of 180 million is grappling with serious energy shortages.
Meanwhile, Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Owji said on Monday that Pakistan has raised its demand for natural gas imports from Iran to 30 million cubic meters (mcm) per day from a previous 21.5 mcm.
Owji added that Iran has hitherto spent USD 2 billion to build the section of the pipeline that lies on the Iranian side of the border and that the Pakistani section would need USD 3 billion.
On March 2, Zardari said that Islamabad would not stop the pipeline project at any cost.
The Pakistani president stressed that his government would continue to pursue the construction of the gas pipeline despite threats and pressure from the US.
Pakistan’s president calls for stronger trade ties with Iran
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has called for the enhancement of bilateral trade transactions between Iran and Pakistan.
Pakistan and Iran should promote mutual trade and satisfy each other’s needs since we are brothers and neighbors and should strengthen mutual friendship, Zardari said in the inaugural ceremony of the final construction phase of the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project on Monday.
(The two countries should have an FTA)
The Pakistani president also said that the finalization of the project would have been impossible without the instructions of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the support by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The peace pipeline [project] is a vital artery that can help Pakistan’s development and welfare, Zardari said, adding that Pakistan’s progress can ensure security in the world.
The Iranian president and his Pakistani counterpart on Monday officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project despite US pressure to dissuade Pakistan away from the project.
The United States had threatened Pakistan with stringent sanctions if it went through the IP gas pipeline project.
On March 2, Zardari dismissed the US threats and stressed that his government would continue to pursue the construction of the gas pipeline, reiterating that Islamabad would not stop the project at any cost.
Pakistan faces a crushing energy crisis, which has caused difficulties in financing the pipeline, whose section on Pakistani soil stretches from the border between the two countries to Nawabshah region.
Iran has already constructed more than 900 kilometers of the pipeline on its territory.