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"Coalition of the Willing"

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 ~ 11am

From CNN:

“[Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf] has told CBS News that — immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks — the Bush administration threatened to bomb his country “back to the Stone Age” if Pakistan did not help in the U.S. war on terrorism. …Richard Armitage, then U.S. deputy secretary of state, is the official whom Musharraf identified in the CBS report. In an interview Friday with CNN, Armitage denied the allegation. …Armitage acknowledged he was part of a group who met with Pakistan’s intelligence chief …”We wanted to make sure they understood both the opportunities and the downside, but there was no threat,” [Armitage] said. …In the CBS report, Musharraf said, “The intelligence director told me that [Armitage] said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.’ “

Unfortunately, this claim that Pakistan is being manipulated is being made as part of the promotional push for an upcoming book by Musharraf being published by Simon & Schuster. So it will probably not be believed as anything more than a publicity stunt.

Pakistan is where Osama Bin Laden has been living since 9.11.2001. Bin Laden is expected to be captured as part of a promotional push for the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States.

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