President General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan (shown above with two of his bodyguards) tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes that after 9/11, the U.S. threatened to bomb his country if it didn't help America's war on terrorism.
Musharraf says the threat came from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and was delivered to Musharraf's intelligence director.Who says Armitage wasn't on Bush's team?
"The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, 'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,' " recalls Musharraf. It was insulting, he says. "I think it was a very rude remark." But he reacted to it in a responsible way, he tells Kroft. "One has to think and take actions in the interests of the nation, and that's what I did."
So this is how you treat your military dictator friends? Still a lot of good it has done them since Pakistan is most likely where your boy, Bin Laden, is hiding if he is still alive. (There is still a question of that, though Osama and Tupac are releasing new records at about the same pace.)
Of course, it has made Pakistan a willing customer of US weapons.
"Now YOU can purchase these powerful F-16 fighter jets! These are the very same ones that would have blown up bridges, electrical plants and civilian homes in your country if you hadn't chosen to become our ally in the war on terror! Buy now before we change our minds!!
Bush should change the name of his campaign to "The War OF Terror!"