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Swing Time For Congress and Pakistan

Yeah, to paraphrase a Mel Brookes quote, nice catch!

The United States of America is running out of ideas.  See we have baked cakes we have let them borrow our good handbag and we have paid their way to many a movie but gosh darnit, Pakistani's just arent in love with us yet.  Congress is threatening to cut off funding given the lack of results. 

So.. send in the jazz band!  In a recent stepped-up effort by the U.S. Embassy to sponsor cultural events in Pakistan. Already this year, we have staged Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple.” The embassy also plans to bring over a country rock band and a hip hop group as well as American documentary filmmakers who will give workshops to Pakistanis.

Are you kidding? Yes, I agree,  lets send over Game to teach those guys how to bust a rap send in Randy Travis while youre at it.

The Ari Roland Jazz Quartet from New York City arrived in Pakistan about two weeks ago for a series of concerts and classes with locals. The good will venture wrapped up with a live recording of a “friendship song” with a Pakistani rock band during a concert Tuesday night.

Its like "Free To Be You and Me" for al-Qaida! 

Official word on this 'hit':
the song is,  “something that I think will guide us as we go forward and something that I hope will provide a path for Americans and Pakistanis to continue working together and creating wonderful things together,” said Mark Davidson, a senior public affairs official at the U.S. Embassy.

I am not sure how this is to gain Pakistani support in the freedom fight but I'm sure they're enjoying the efforts.  Oh did I mention that just days before Jazz quartet arrived,  militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Afghanistan, killing seven Afghans in an attack that the top U.S. military officer said was carried out by fighters supported by Pakistan’s main spy agency.

But hey bring in the brass.

12 percent of Pakistanis claim a positive view of the U.S., and 69 percent see the US as an enemy, according to U.S.-based Pew Research Center. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Oh and no change in opinion despite the U.S. giving Pakistan roughly $20 billion in military over the past 10 years and   pledged $7.5 billion in economic aid to help build things like schools, hospitals and power plants.

But hey lets get a double bass, that'll do it.

I see a 'Wonderful World' on this endeavor, which is one of the songs the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet played during their stay. 

Be afraid.

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