Skip to comments.We'll bomb you to Stone Age, US told Pakistan
Posted on 09/22/2006 12:11:59 AM PDT by MadIvan
Musharraf reveals post-9/11 threat in book serialised by The Times
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, the President of Pakistan, claimed last night that the Bush Administration threatened to bomb his country into the Stone Age if it did not co-operate with the US after 9/11, sharply increasing tensions between the US and one of its closest allies in the war on terrorism.
The President, who will meet Mr Bush in the White House today, said the threat was made by Richard Armitage, then the Deputy Secretary of State, in the days after the terror attacks, and was issued to the Pakistani intelligence director.
The intelligence director told me that [Armitage] said, Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age, President Musharraf said. I think it was a very rude remark. The claims come at the end of a week in which relations between the US and Pakistan have sharply deteriorated, and days ahead of the publication of President Musharrafs memoir, In the Line of Fire, which will be serialised in The Times from Monday.
On Wednesday, President Bush, in an interview with CNN, said that he would not hesitate to authorise immediate American military action inside Pakistan if he had intelligence of Osama bin Ladens whereabouts. Asked if he would give an order to kill the al-Qaeda leader, Mr Bush said absolutely.
President Musharraf was clearly angered by Mr Bushs declaration that the US would act independently of his authority inside Pakistan.
We wouldnt like to allow that. We would like to do that ourselves, he said. The Presidents potentially incendiary claim of US threats comes at a particularly sensitive time between Washington and Islamabad, amid suspicion in Washington that Pakistan is not doing enough to curb a resurgent Taleban in Afghanistan, or in the hunt for bin Laden.
Before the 9/11 attacks Pakistan was one of the only countries in the world to maintain relations with the Taleban, which was harbouring bin Laden, and the Pakistani intelligence services had close relations with the Taleban regime.
In recent days Islamabad has vehemently denied US media reports that it has struck a deal with al-Qaeda and Taleban militants inside Pakistan, and even one report that it has assured bin Laden that if captured, he would not face prosecution. President Musharraf told the CBS 60 Minutes programme that when he was told of Mr Armitages threat, he reacted in a responsible way. One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and thats what I did, President Musharraf said.
Documents showed that Mr Armitage, who last night disputed the language but did not deny the claim, met the Pakistani Ambassador and the visiting head of Pakistans military intelligence service in Washington on September 13, 2001, and asked Pakistan to take seven steps.
President Musharraf told CBS that he was irked by US demands that Pakistan turn over its border posts and bases for the American military to use.
He said some demands were ludicrous, including one insisting that he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States. If somebodys expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views, he said.
The official 9/11 commission report on the attacks, based largely on government documents, said that US national security officials focused immediately on securing Pakistani co-operation as they planned a response.
Within days of 9/11 President Musharraf cut his governments ties to the Taleban regime in Afghanistan and co- operated with US efforts to track and capture al-Qaeda and Taleban forces that sought refuge in Pakistan. President Bush often praises Islamabad for being one of Washingtons greatest and most crucial allies in the war on terrorism.
President Musharraf also spoke about his embarrassment when informed at the UN in 2003 by George Tenet, who was then CIA Director, that Pakistani nuclear weapon technology had been passed to Iran and North Korea by the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb, A. Q. Khan.
[Tenet] took his briefcase out, passed me some papers. It was a centrifuge design with all its numbers and signatures of Pakistan. It was the most embarrassing moment, President Musharraf told CBS.
He learnt then, he says, that not only were blueprints being given to Iran and North Korea, but that the centrifuges themselves the crucial technology needed to enrich uranium to weapons grade were being passed to them.
[Khan] gave them centrifuge designs. He gave them centrifuge parts. He gave them centrifuges.
[The shipments] were not done once. They must have been transported many times.
# September 11, 2001. President Musharraf condemns attacks on the US as brutal and horrible
# February 2002. On a visit to the White House Musharraf says: We reject terrorism . . . we will continue to fulfill our responsibilities
# February 2004. Nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan accused of selling secrets. Musharraf denies knowledge of his activities
# December 2004. Bush says Musharraf is a person with whom Ive worked very closely over the past four years
Let fear stalk anyone who dares raise their hand to the West.
Oh, did it offend your Muslim sensibilities Mr. Musharraf?
Dickie Armitage supposedly threatened the President of Pakistan, after 9/11; so says the President of Pakistan.
Another story about Armitage.
MARK!,MARK!,MARK!...RELEASE! BOMBS AWAY!!!
Armitage is a loose cannon around members of the press, and presidents. I am glad he is gone. He caused a lot of damage for this administration.
But but but ... I thought Dickie was against wars ??
Wow! Great post! I love some of these quotes.
By my observation no bombing was necessary to put them back into the Stone Age.
Oh didn't you know...Dickie is all things to all people and an absolute superman! /sarcasm
We wouldn't even have had to do it, all we had to do was allow the Israelis to handle it.
That's easier said then done .. President Lunatic from Iran has nuke plants spread out all across Iran
He may be crazy .. but he's not stupid .. which makes him even more dangerous
ooooooooh you stole my line. lol actually i was going to say, it would only take maybe one bomb to put them back in the stone age. :-/