Top defence officials said America must continue to
work with Islamabad as walking away at this point of time
"I would say based on 27 years in CIA and four-and-a-half
years in this job, most governments lie to each other. That`s
the way business gets done," Gates said in response to a
He said that even allies send spy here for espionage
purposes, and this is even true for those countries which
receive aid from the United States.
Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, were responding to Pakistan-specific question
from Senator Patrick Leahy.
During the hearing, Leahy called Pakistan a "putative
ally" and asked how long the US should support "governments
that lie to us?"
Pakistan`s top spy agency ISI has reportedly arrested
five CIA informants, including an Army major, who supplied
information to the CIA ahead of the US operation that killed
Osama bin Laden on May 2.
"We are in the midst, and have been...trying to build a
relationship that was badly broken when we left the last time,
when we terminated our relationship with them in the late `80s
and early `90s. And we are back," Admiral Mullen said.
"It is actually my belief that if we were to do that
again, it may not be five years or 10 years, but we`ll be back
in a much more difficult situation... I think, a goal that we
must continue to pursue -- or the danger associated with a
country that`s got a nuclear arsenal, that lives next to a
country that they view as an existential threat, it`s just a
matter of time before we`re back," he said.
"It`s a conscious decision I think that we have to make.
If we walk away from it, it`s my view it`ll be a much more
dangerous place a decade from now, and we`ll be back," Mullen