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Did US Threaten to Bomb Pakistan Back to Stone Age?

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posted on Sep, 22 2006 @ 11:45 AM
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]

posted on Sep, 23 2006 @ 10:18 AM
I also remember at one time there was a unconfirmed threat to bomb Mecca if the United States was attacked again.

These Islamo-fascists states prey on weakness, ala Clinton. They also back down in the face of strength.

What would have worked better? Pretty please? or "We are going to nuke you back to the stone age?"

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