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Bush threatened to Bomb Pakistan

Who says unilateralism and military threats don't work?

Musharraf says U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan

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 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."

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The Pakistani leader, whose remarks were distributed to the media by CBS, said he reacted to the threat in a responsible way. "One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's what I did," Musharraf said.


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

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The report did not discuss any threat the United States may have made, but it said Musharraf agreed to all seven U.S. requests the same day.

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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.

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So it was an empty threat then?

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Well, they changed their minds after Rove pointed out to them how politically useful Osama was to the Republican Party. No one benefits from Osama running around free more than they do.

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So it was an empty threat then?
Did you read the part where it said that Pakistan capitulated to all 7 of Bush's demands on the first day?

Musharraf sure didn't thnk it was an empty threat.
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Well, they changed their minds after Rove pointed out to them how politically useful Osama was to the Republican Party. No one benefits from Osama running around free more than they do.
Total builshit.

There's nothing that would improve Bush's public approval ratings more than the capture or killing of Bin Laden.
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Total builshit.

There's nothing that would improve Bush's public approval ratings more than the capture or killing of Bin Laden.




Why burn his bridges now?

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well it does end in 'stan' thats reason enough is it not
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Did you read the part where it said that Pakistan capitulated to all 7 of Bush's demands on the first day?

Musharraf sure didn't thnk it was an empty threat.
Oh, yeah, that. Was one of the demands to make peace with the Taliban if they promised to be peaceful? Or to refuse to allow US forces to follow the Taliban into Pakistan, because Pakistan is a sovereign nation? Yes, they have completely rolled over on this. Er, rolled us over I mean.

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Total builshit.

There's nothing that would improve Bush's public approval ratings more than the capture or killing of Bin Laden.

lol.. now go wipe the snot off you face.. are you really that thick?



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lol.. now go wipe the snot off you face.. are you really that thick?
Wait a sec, would you say Bush's (American) approval would go up, stay the same, or go down if OBL's head was on a bayonet carried by an American soldier?

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