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    Musharraf: U.S. Threatened To Bomb Pakistan After 9/11

    Musharraf: US threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11

    http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...AF.xml&src=rss

    Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:29pm ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America's war campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Musharraf, in an interview with CBS news magazine show "60 Minutes" that will air Sunday, said the threat came from Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage and was given to Musharraf's intelligence director.

    "The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, 'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,'" Musharraf said.

    "I think it was a very rude remark."

    The Pakistani leader, whose remarks were distributed to the media by CBS, said he reacted to the threat in a responsible way.

    "One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's what I did," Musharraf said about the cooperation extended by Pakistan.

    Musharraf said some demands made by the United States were "ludicrous," including one insisting he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States.

    "If somebody's expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views," Musharraf said.
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    And I'm going to need some old-timers for this question...

    Supposedly Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11...

    Since we suspect that the United States, in partnership with the ISI, pulled off 9/11, it doesn't make sense that they would threaten to bomb them afterwards.

    However... since it's been proven that the Pakistani ISI was involved with 9/11, and we DIDN'T bomb them, and instead bombed Afghanistan and Iraq, it makes sense that either Musharraf is lying about the threat, or it was given to them for "show."

    My question is... I remember hearing a long time ago that Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad was told by someone, and I don't remember who, that at the time of 9/11, "You're either with us or against us..." or something like that...

    Does anyone remember anything like that
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    Good ole cooperativeresearch.org...

    September 11-16, 2001: Pakistan Threatened; Promises to Support US
    ISI Director Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, extending his Washington visit because of the 9/11 attacks [Japan Economic Newswire, 9/17/2001] , meets with US officials and negotiates Pakistan’s cooperation with the US against al-Qaeda. It is rumored that later in the day of 9/11 and again the next day, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage visits Mahmood and offers him the choice: “Help us and breathe in the 21st century along with the international community or be prepared to live in the Stone Age.” [Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Hamburg), 9/12/2001; LA Weekly, 11/9/2001] Secretary of State Powell presents Mahmood seven demands as an ultimatum and Pakistan supposedly agrees to all seven. [Washington Post, 1/29/2002] Mahmood also has meetings with Senator Joseph Biden (D), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Secretary of State Powell, regarding Pakistan’s position. [Miami Herald, 9/16/2001; New York Times, 9/13/2001^; Reuters, 9/13/2001; Associated Press, 9/13/2001] On September 13, the airport in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, is shut down for the day. A government official later says the airport had been closed because of threats made against Pakistan’s “strategic assets,” but does not elaborate. The next day, Pakistan declares “unstinting” support for the US, and the airport is reopened. It is later suggested that Israel and India threatened to attack Pakistan and take control of its nuclear weapons if Pakistan did not side with the US. [LA Weekly, 11/9/2001] It is later reported that Mahmood’s presence in Washington was a lucky blessing; one Western diplomat saying it “must have helped in a crisis situation when the US was clearly very, very angry.” [Financial Times, 9/18/2001]
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    good find! that's some freakin' memory you got

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    Musharraf tells of U.S. threat to bomb his nation after 9/11

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...kterror22.html

    By Seattle Times news services
    9/22/2006

    WASHINGTON — President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan says the United States threatened to bomb his country back to the Stone Age after the 9/11 attacks if he did not help America's war on terror.

    The Pakistani leader told CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" that threat was delivered by Richard Armitage, then the deputy secretary of state, to Musharraf's intelligence director. Musharraf did not refer to the intelligence director by name.

    Armitage told CNN on Thursday that he never threatened to bomb Pakistan, wouldn't say such a thing and didn't have the authority to do it.

    In the interview to be broadcast on Sunday night, Musharraf said, "The intelligence director told me that [Armitage] said, 'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.' " It was insulting, Musharraf said. "I think it was a very rude remark," he told reporter Steve Kroft.

    According to "60 Minutes," Armitage disputed the language attributed to him but did not deny the message was a strong one. CNN also reported that Armitage acknowledged having a tough message for Pakistan, saying he told the Muslim nation it was either "with us or against us." He said he didn't know how his message was recounted so differently to Musharraf.

    Musharraf told "60 Minutes" that Armitage's message in 2001 was delivered with demands that he turn over Pakistan's border posts and bases for the U.S. military to use in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Some were "ludicrous," such as a demand he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States. "If somebody is expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views," Musharraf said.

    Pakistan is considered a close ally of the United States in the struggle with militant groups. Sometimes, however, Pakistan appears reluctant to go after the Taliban, who controlled neighboring Afghanistan until 2001 and recently have intensified their insurgency.

    The Taliban offensive is testing the viability of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. Musharraf recently pulled his troops back in the border region used by some of the militants fin exchange for promises from separatists to halt infiltration into Afghanistan. But Western diplomats said the deal has effectively ceded the region to the militants.

    Musharraf is scheduled to meet today at the White House with President Bush and then see Bush again next week in a three-way meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan.

    But it could be a difficult meeting. "Karzai and Musharraf do not like each other," said Stephen Cohen, a South Asia specialist at the Brookings Institution. "Our influence with both is declining."

    Karzai has complained repeatedly that Musharraf isn't doing enough to keep Islamic extremists from using Pakistan as a base for attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan was one of three countries, along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, that recognized the Taliban regime when it served as al-Qaida's government sponsor in Afghanistan.

    Although Pakistan has captured some well-known al-Qaida members, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, it hasn't arrested any Taliban leader.
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    Dog and Pony show in my opinion. ISI was on board before 9/11. I think Armitage's statements were made to present the illusion of getting tough with pakistan.

    I guess its also possible that much of pakistan's internal network was not aware of the ISI's and Lt. Gen. Ahmad's plans with the US and the 9/11 plot.

    Fuck its tough keeping up with all of this. No wonder the public is completely oblivious.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/fc/us/bush_administration

    Bush 'taken aback' by Musharraf comment

    AP - 24 minutes ago WASHINGTON - 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."

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    Bush says knew of no threat to bomb Pakistan

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060922/...NlYwMlJVRPUCUl

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Friday he knew of no U.S. threat to bomb Pakistan following the September 11 attacks.
    http://us.bc.yahoo.com/b?P=1aogjULaS...%2fB%3d3892108
    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said this week a U.S. official warned his country in 2001 that America would bomb Pakistan "back to the Stone Age" if it did not cooperate with the campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    "The first I've heard of this is when I read it in the newspaper today," Bush said as he stood next to Musharraf at a news conference. "I guess I was taken aback by the harshness of the words."

    Musharraf sidestepped the issue, saying he could not comment because of a book deal.

    The Pakistani leader had told the CBS program "60 Minutes" that the threat came from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage but Armitage has since denied making such a warning.

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    Bush denies threatening Pakistan

    http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Bu...stan_0922.html

    Published: Friday September 22, 2006

    At a joint press conference today, United States President George W. Bush denied knowledge of a phone conversation in which the US threatened to attack Pakistan, RAW STORY has learned.

    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has claimed that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called him after the September 11, 2001 attacks, promising retaliation if Pakistan didn't co-operate with United States operations in the region.

    "The first I heard of this is when I read it in the newspaper today," Bush told reporters. "I guess I was taken aback by the harshness of the words."

    "I don't know of any conversation that was reported in the newspaper like that," the US leader insisted. "I just don't know about it."

    Armitage reportedly told Musharraf, "Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age."

    Armitage told reporters today that he recalls a "quite strong" conversation with Musharraf, but denies ever making a threat.

    Musharraf made the claim while promoting a new book for an upcoming episode of "60 Minutes." "I am launching my book on the 25th," he told reporters, "and I am honor-bound to Simon & Schuster not to comment on the book before that day."

    "In other words," Bush interjected, "buy the book is what he's saying."
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    Here's a theory: Musharraf was asked to say that on American tv to make Bush look tough on terror.

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