Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, did Richard Armitrage tell Pakistan's intelligence director that if Pakistan didn't cooperate with the US in the
WOT, they had better "Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age."? An interview with President-General Musharraf set to air Sunday says just that.
President Bush said Friday he was "taken aback" by a purported U.S. threat to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age if it did not cooperate in the
fight against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.
He praised Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for being one of the first foreign leaders to come out after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to stand
with the U.S. to "help root out an enemy."
In an interview to air Sunday on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" program, Musharraf said that after the attacks, Richard Armitage, then deputy secretary of
state, told Pakistan's intelligence director that the United States would bomb his country if it didn't help fight terrorists.
He said that Armitage had told him, "Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age."
Armitage has disputed the language attributed to him but did not deny the message was a strong one.
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I can see Armitrage saying something to that effect. I can also see him denying it.
In the wake of 9/11, inflamed rhetoric was at its then peak, the rest of the world was either "with us or against us" in the WOT with the "axis of
evil" and all the other "evildoers."
How does that sit now, though, in light of further developments, extaordinary rendition, secret prisons, and other strong arm tactics, not to mention
Colin Powell's letter to the President?
Have we lost the moral highground? Did we ever really have it to begin with, or did we just claim it for our own?
[edit on 22-9-2006 by Icarus Rising]