Musharraf says the threat was delivered by Richard Armitage, then the deputy secretary of state, to Musharraf’s intelligence director, the Pakistani leader told CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes.”
“The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,’ ” Musharraf said in the interview to be shown Sunday on the CBS television network.
Armitage denies threatening to send Pakistan “back to the Stone Age”
from mercury news: President Bush said Friday that he knew of no threat by the United States to attack Pakistan if it didn’t ended its support for the Taliban and cooperate in the war on al Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“The first I’ve heard of this is when I read it in the newspaper today,” Bush told a news conference he held with Musharraf following talks between the two leaders at the White House.
Musharraf declined to comment, citing a confidentiality requirement of a deal on his soon-to-be published memoirs…
Armitage denied ever making such a threat in a telephone interview on Thursday with McClatchy Newspapers. “I didn’t command any airplanes,” he said.
Armitage said he used “strong language” to convey to Ahmed demands for Pakistan’s cooperation against al Qaida and the Taliban.
He recalled telling Ahmed that “history begins today” and “you’re either with us or against us.”