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Musharraf: US Threatened To Bomb After 9/11

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

 

U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11: Musharraf

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America’s campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Musharraf, in an interview with CBS news magazine show "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday, said the threat came from Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and was given to Musharraf’s intelligence director.

"The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, ‘ Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,"’ Musharraf said. "I think it was a very rude remark." …

Before the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, Pakistan was one of the only countries in the world to maintain relations with the Taliban, which was harboring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and many Pakistanis were sympathetic with the neighboring Islamic state.

But within days of the attacks Musharraf cut his government’s ties to the Taliban regime and cooperated with U.S. efforts to track and capture Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces that sought refuge in Pakistan

Musharraf said in the CBS interview he was irked by U.S. demands that Pakistan turn over its border posts and bases for the U.S. military to use.

He said some demands were "ludicrous," including one insisting he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States. "If somebody’s expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views," Musharraf said.

With Taliban fighters still fighting in Afghanistan and statements by the Afghan government that Pakistan must do more to crack down on militants in its rugged border area, the issue is again a sensitive one between Islamabad and Washington.

Musharraf reacted with displeasure to comments by Bush on Wednesday that if he had firm intelligence bin Laden was in Pakistan, he would issue the order to go into that country.

"We wouldn’t like to allow that. We’d like to do that ourselves," Musharraf told a news conference.

Musharraf’s comments came days ahead of the publication by New York-based Free Press of his memoir "In the Line of Fire." Advance copies of the memoir have not been released to the media for review before its September 25 publication.

It still might not be a bad idea.

Before the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, Pakistan was one of the only countries in the world to maintain relations with the Taliban, which was harboring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and many Pakistanis were sympathetic with the neighboring Islamic state.

But within days of the attacks Musharraf cut his government’s ties to the Taliban regime and cooperated with U.S. efforts to track and capture Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces that sought refuge in Pakistan.

That was just a coincidence, I’m sure.

Man, what people will do to sell a book.

  Update!

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

White House: Not U.S. policy to threaten Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it was not U.S. policy to threaten Pakistan and former U.S. diplomat Richard Armitage denied warning Pakistan’s president the United States would bomb his country after September 11…

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state at the time, had denied warning Musharraf that the United States would bomb his country if it did not cooperate with the U.S. campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

And Armitage told CNN on Friday he did not do it.

"I’ve never made a threat in my life that I couldn’t back up, and since I wasn’t authorized to say such a thing, hence I couldn’t back up that threat, I didn’t say it," he said…

Snow said he did not know what Musharraf had been told but that U.S. policy was to seek Musharraf’s cooperation.

"U.S. policy was not to issue bombing threats. U.S. policy was to say to President Musharraf: ‘We need you to make a choice,’" Snow said…

It’s hard not to believe Armitage in this instance. No one at the State Department would ever talk tough, not even after an attack like 9/11. They just don’t have it in them.

It’s looking more and more like this was just a ploy to sell Musharraf’s book, as we suspected.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 21st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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