Bush threatened to bomb Pakistan back to the stone age after 9/11

posted at 10:23 pm on September 21, 2006 by Allahpundit

He’d have done it too, with full-throated support from even most future Lamont voters. Ace finds this terribly shocking and significant for reasons that escape me. What else could he have done? They’d made a giant crematorium in the middle of Manhattan’s financial district. Even Kerry would have reached for the button.

This is old news anyway. The words “back to the stone age” might not have been in circulation before, but the State Department’s “provocative” phone calls to Musharraf in the days after the attack have been public knowledge for years. Mark Steyn wrung an entire column from the subject last month:

One way to measure how the world has changed in these last five years is to consider the extraordinary address to his nation by General Musharraf on Sept. 19, 2001. Pakistan was one of just three countries in the world (along with “our friends the Saudis” and the United Arab Emirates) to recognize the Taliban — and, given that the Pakistanis had helped create and maintain them, they were pretty easy to recognize. President Bush, you’ll recall, had declared that you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists — which posed a particular problem for Musharraf: He was with us but everyone else in his country was with the terrorists, including his armed forces, his intelligence services, the media, and a gazillion and one crazy imams.

Nonetheless, with American action against Afghanistan on the horizon, he went on TV that night and told the Pakistani people that this was the gravest threat to the country’s existence in over 30 years. He added that he was doing everything to ensure his brothers in the Taliban didn’t “suffer,” and that he’d asked Washington to provide some evidence that this bin Laden chap had anything to do with the attacks but that so far they’d declined to show him any. Then he cited the Charter of Medina (which the Prophet Muhammad signed after an earlier spot of bother) as an attempt to justify providing assistance to the infidel, and said he’d had no choice but to offer the Americans use of Pakistan’s airspace, intelligence networks and other logistical support.

He paused for applause, and after the world’s all-time record volume of crickets chirping, said thank you and goodnight.

That must have been quite the phone call he’d got from Washington a day or two earlier.

Quite. “But,” as Steyn says in closing, “it’s all a long time ago now.” The amazing thing about Musharraf’s quick acquiescence to our 9/11 demands is just how quick it was: no whining to the UN, no appeals to Europe to rescue him from the crusader’s demands. He recognized that we were “all Americans” at that moment — call it multilateral unilateralism — and responded accordingly. Now he recognizes that we aren’t. As does Iran, which is why they feel safe building atomic bombs under the UN’s nose.

That’s not to suggest Europeans should automatically have lined up behind us in Iraq or wherever else we chose to respond after 9/11. But where our interests coincide, purposeful joint action would seem to be the way to go. Alas, it’s not to be: Chirac’s taken sanctions on Iran off the table, and it’s understood by all parties that if it comes to a military strike, America will have to act alone. The left is constantly urging us to be more multilateral — but with whom? Where does the “multi” part come in?

Don’t kid yourself, either: Iran’s not fooling anyone. Everyone knows the situation; it’s just that no one, except us, is willing to do anything about it. As usual.

Anyway, here’s the perfect bookend to the back-to-the-stone-age story. What “victory” looks like today.

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Sometimes it feels surreal how things have turned out since 9-11. Does the entire world have blinders on? Or are people so scared at the enormity of the problem that the easiest thing they can do is blame all their problems on Pres. Bush.

One wonders how this is all going to end….

Dr. Gecko on September 21, 2006 at 10:37 PM

Back to the stone age? I think I prefer the phrase, “Into the nuclear age”.

1,150 victims still have not received word that their loved ones’ remains have been identified.

What can a guy say about that? It hits like a slap fist in the face.

DannoJyd on September 21, 2006 at 10:41 PM

In other news: Pakistan is no longer in the stone age?

RightWinged on September 21, 2006 at 10:43 PM

Seems like “The enemy of your friend is an enemy you don’t want” is a message that would resonate with them. What’s the problem?
Sounds like he’s just telling his “friends” that the devil made him do it.

NellE on September 21, 2006 at 10:48 PM

In other news: Pakistan is no longer in the stone age?

The stone age would be a step up for those primitives.

India splitting from them must be looking like a golden move in hindsight.

Iblis on September 21, 2006 at 11:11 PM

Ok…imagine this story breaking out before Ahmadinejad and Chavez showed up at the U.N. podium and hear what they would’ve said upon learning this? Enough so they’d be choking on their frothing, dripping saliva?

*sputter*…..

Kokonut on September 21, 2006 at 11:17 PM

Even Kerry would have reached for the button.

Sure, his ‘nuance’ button. After all you saw it commented today that Bush thinks in “black and white” and Kerry is the more intelligent and nuanced one.

It couldn’t have been Kerry anyway, so we have to ‘what if’ it with Gore, also ‘more intelligent and nuanced’ than our cowboy-in-chief.

“The button is in a looock box. I have the power to push it any taam a feeel laak, a just need to get the buuuy-in from the Uuuuu.N, becoooose we are a gloooobal sociaaety and we have to work togeeether. Our friens in Eurooope are all Americans now and will aaaaaall help”

Thank you for “black and white” in a time when it was needed. Thank you Sandra Day O’Connor. Who knows how much we don’t know yet…

Entelechy on September 21, 2006 at 11:30 PM

In other news: Pakistan is no longer in the stone age?

They have yet to reach the toilet paper age.

speed647 on September 21, 2006 at 11:41 PM

The “nuance” thing finally explained – from anonymousliberal.com:

“The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.” -Bertrand Russell

Entelechy on September 21, 2006 at 11:54 PM

The left is constantly urging us to be more multilateral — but with whom? Where does the “multi” part come in?

Silly, silly Allah. That’s the point. *We* join *them* in doing nothing, because they’re right and Bush is evil. “Be more multilateral” only means “follow France.”

Anwyn on September 22, 2006 at 1:21 AM

Say what? When have liberals ever abandoned their beliefs about anything? Dogma is the essense of liberal “thought” not its antithesis.

Lehuster on September 22, 2006 at 1:26 AM

Lehuster, to be sure, I’m not a Liberal.

The quote is what their ideal is, and not reality. It’s also what they hold against Mr. Bush 24 hours a day.

Entelechy on September 22, 2006 at 2:23 AM

Pakistan is still one of the most proficient producers of terrorists.

Let’s leave that option on the table.

doingwhatican on September 22, 2006 at 4:07 AM

Even Kerry would have reached for the button.

I wonder?

lizzee on September 22, 2006 at 7:56 AM

DoingWhat –

Couldn’t agree more. Musharraf was in a pickle, to be sure, but I’ve been wondering how and why we’ve let those hateful bastards sabotage our efforts in Afghan so long, now. Take him away, and they are full-throated members in the Axis of Evil.

Jaibones on September 22, 2006 at 11:17 AM

He’d have done it too, with full-throated support from even most future Lamont voters. Ace finds this terribly shocking and significant for reasons that escape me. What else could he have done? They’d made a giant crematorium in the middle of Manhattan’s financial district. Even Kerry would have reached for the button.

Yes, Bush would have done it.

But no, Lamont supporters would not have supported it AND John Kerry would not have done it. They haven’t changed, they’re still weak, anti-America Americans, appeasers who think America is in large part responsible for Islamofascism and the Islamofascist terrorists being, um, upset with us.

Zell Miller described them to a T in his magnificent speech to the 2004 Republican Convention.

DavePa on April 22, 2007 at 11:50 AM

He’d have done it too, with full-throated support from even most future Lamont voters. Ace finds this terribly shocking and significant for reasons that escape me. What else could he have done? They’d made a giant crematorium in the middle of Manhattan’s financial district. Even Kerry would have reached for the button.

Yes, Bush would have done it.

But no, Lamont supporters would not have supported it AND John Kerry would not have done it. They haven’t changed, they’re still weak, anti-America Americans, appeasers who think America is in large part responsible for Islamofascism and the Islamofascist terrorists being, um, upset with us.

Zell Miller described them to a T in his magnificent speech to the 2004 Republican Convention.

DavePa on April 22, 2007 at 11:52 AM