April 24, 2009
Posted: 1813 GMT

Hello everyone,

Once again, the U.S. is urging the Pakistani government and the country's military to take on the extremists.

The U.S. is giving Pakistan billions of dollars and is helping it get billions more in aid, in the hope that the country will become stable enough and develop a strong enough central government to defeat the Taliban and the fundementalists.

But if that is the goal, then America is far from being able to claim victory. Today, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen said in an interview that he is "extremely concerned" and that we are "certainly moving closer to the tipping point" at which Pakistan could be taken over by extremists.

The prospect – the possibility even – that a nuclear power could fall into the hands of Taliban-like groups is terrifying political and military leaders the world over.

We'll take you live to Islamabad for the latest on the Taliban movements and how the Pakistani military is responding to the group's advance into Buner, less than 100 kilometers from the Pakistani capital.

Also today, more bloodshed in Baghdad. We'll go live to the Iraqi capital and ask what happens if this trend continues. And how might political and military deadlines affect the violence in Iraq?

We're taking you live to Paraguay, where the country's President has been accused of fathering three children out of wedlock with three different women. We'll ask: is Paraguay like France where fathering children with mistresses is considered a non-event or is it like the United States, where the same thing would end a political career?

Also today, we'll venture onto the lighter side of things and discuss Susan Boyle, the overnight singing sensation and Scottish reality show contestant whose performance went viral on the internet.

Boyle has turned into the story that keeps on giving. Seems Susan Boyle has had a makeover. And because it's Friday, we've made it our question of the day!

That and the rest of the day's top news at the International Desk.

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EE4qpcurrn   April 24th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

Hey Hala,

Is Pakistan deploying the billions of aid dollars for its military
operations against Taliban, that is the question ?

Kind Regards,

Rajan   April 24th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

Tamil kids, elderly, men and women are getting killed on their own land by their own goverment in the name of killing LTTE. Which responsible goverment will do this?

In the last three months of war killed more than 20 000 innocent Tamils and wounded 140 000 "Leaked UN report says" . Where are these international commitees????? If the LTTE kill 100 singalees, they are all over the news and the rest of the world come out and condemn their action and band them as a terrorist.

This beautiful world can't sit back and relax and watch while its happening. Primely these organisations like UN, human rights group, etc... are formed to avoid any kind or form of gonocide of innocent people.

Every citizen of this lovely planet has a duty to do something to bring this to an end and bring the people who is responsible to JUSTICE. We all can say this is not our problem...........................but what goes around, comes around .

Every politcian around the world must act together immediately to stop these types of mass muders. Is not acceptable in this century.

Suleman Maniya,Goteborg,Sweden   April 24th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

I,being a Pakistani, am sorry to say that the Pakistani establishment is not doing anything rather they are playing the role of silent spectators which is compounding the problem.Why isnt the army tasked to wipe these people off? What are we paying our taxes for? There is no security in the country and this military chief acts like an impotent,worthless being.
I believe we need to go after these militants.The ISI ,the military and the politicians have destroyed Pakistan.Most of the educated people have just written off Pakistan and left!
Firstly there needs to be accountability for the aid money pledged rather I suggest the projects should be done by International Agencies which would limit corruption and generate goodwill in the people's mind that something is being done to allay their misgivings.
Secondly, the taliban should be pursued.All deals reached should be nullified and the regular military,not paramilitary,should be deployed in Swat and all other adjoining areas. This will fill in the power vacuum and compel people to fight against these Monstrous illiterate villagers.Are you listening Mr Kayani?

Nancy Hotter   April 26th, 2009 2:48 pm ET

Just a question. Concerning the Somali pirates, why does the UN not set up convoys to get ships thru this dangerous area? It worked in the world wars. Any country that ships passed that area would be required to send a navy ship so multiple convoys could be formed. If a country has no, or a small, navy they could negotiate with a country that has a navy ie, the greeks could send army troops to afghanistan to replace X number of US troops and the US would send a ship for the greeks to the convoy. Any pirates captured would go to the Hague for trial. Every day we hear about trouble with shipping yet no one seems to do anything about it. Nancy Hotter

Pritish,INDIA   April 27th, 2009 8:28 am ET

US should include INDIA in its war against TALIBAN to avoid another VIETNAM.

Debbie   April 27th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

The US gives all this money to all these countries to fight all the terrorist groups and are these countries using the money to do so? That is the question! Why is their war our war? The US is in debt now, beyond repair.
These foreign countries are so primitive, twenty..thirty years behind the times. Always have been! We can't change the way these people are, they are set in their ways. Come on, when it is going to end?
All you hear on the news is this country, that country, they did this, they did that, equal rights for those people, equal rights for these people. What rights do Americans have any more?
More and more Americans are loosing their jobs, their homes, everything. Where is the American peoples bailout money? We give, give and give and get nothing in return.
Enough said, for all the good it does. Thank you for letting me comment.

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