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Friday, Sep 22, 2006
Bush 'taken aback' by reported U.S. threat to bomb Pakistan after Sept. 11
WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush said Friday if a U.S. official tried to strong-arm Pakistan into fighting the war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, he didn't know about it.
Standing beside Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Bush brushed off any idea of disagreement, praising Musharraf for pursuing terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.
"We're on the hunt together," Bush said after a meeting with the general who is leader of the world's second-largest Islamic country.
Musharraf has contended after the Sept. 11 attacks, former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage told Pakistan's intelligence director the United States would bomb the country if it didn't become a partner in the war against terrorism.
"The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said: "Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,"' Musharraf told CBS's "60 Minutes" in a report to air Sunday.
The president said he first learned of the purported conversation from news reports.
"I just don't know about it," he said.