President Bush said today that he was “taken aback” by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s claim that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan “back into the Stone Age” unless it cooperated in the war on terror. Bush said the first time he heard about this was when he read it in the newspaper today. Armitage has denied saying that.
Given Pakistan’s lead role in supporting the Taliban and exporting nuclear weapon technology, the threat, if true, might not have been out of line. But there is some skepticism about whether it really happened, or whether Musharraf is playing to the anti-American sentiments in Pakistan or trying to get publicity for the upcoming release of his memoir.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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