…than with a kind word alone

How a FATWAT was recruited

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan (said)…that after 9/11, the U.S. threatened to bomb his country if it didn’t help America’s war on terrorism.

Musharraf says the threat came from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and was delivered to Musharraf’s intelligence director.

“[ISI Director Mahmud Ahmed] told me that (Armitage) said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,’ ” recalls Musharraf. It was insulting, he says. “I think it was a very rude remark.”

But he reacted to it in a responsible way, he tells Kroft. “One has to think and take actions in the interests of the nation, and that’s what I did.” [CBS News emphasis added]

8 thoughts on “…than with a kind word alone”

  1. The possiblity of that threat being fullfilled is very much alive even now. Only an Osama dead or alive will ensure a Republican in the White House after Bush’s term ends.

    BTW, even if 9/11 didnt happen, Pakitan was slowly going back to the stone age. 9/11 just slowed the process.

  2. The guy suffers from the fatal flaw of being a media hog. Seems like he trashes any attempt at scripting him before he starts tango-ing in the media. This last one rivals his other bloopers like “Pak women will get raped to get Canadian citizenship”. Brave idiot.

  3. Stratfor says Manmohn Singh’s capitualtion at Havana was for the nuke deal from Uncle Sam. Full article at my blog.

  4. What’s actually interesting is:

    Some were “ludicrous”, like the one demanding he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States. If somebody’s expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views.

    Can it get more hilarious?

  5. they should have bombed them into the stoneage, would have been a lot less terrorists and their camps left in the world then.

  6. Armitage made that comment in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 – very likely directed from the top – he was just the messenger. The US had carte blanche to do whatever it pleased at that point. Things are very different now. With the Iraq fiasco and with France, Russia and China openly disagreeing with much milder current US policy – no US rep would be rambo enough to hold out, or follow up on, a threat of that scale.

    Seems Musharraf’s angle may as simple as some cheap publicity for his forthcoming autobiography.

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