Friday, September 22, 2006

How to Make Friends and Influence People

Now that we know how BushCo. was able to persuade long-time Taliban supporter Pakistan to support the Neverending War on Terror, it makes me wonder what was said to Great Britain or Australia to get them to be part of the Coalition of the Willing.

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the Sept. 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America’s 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 Deputy 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.”
It's no wonder that Musharraf has been so reticent to provide real help in catching bin Laden who's made his home since the battle of Tora Bora in the hinterlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's no wonder more and more of the world hates us if this is BushCo.'s idea of "diplomacy."

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