Caught in a pinch. We want their nukes secure, we give them billions to fight terrorists and find Bin Laden, and they suck at doing so, but we;re still worried about their nukes so we kiss their ass, that’s why he can get away with statements like this.
Musharraf is lucky he has the US behind him. The George Bush I knew after 9-11 would not act so kindly to this. That Bush is no more.
PARIS — Pervez Musharraf says he still gets the question a lot: When will Osama bin Laden and his top deputy be caught? The Pakistani president insists it’s more important for his 100,000 troops on the Afghan border to root out the Taliban than search for al-Qaida leaders.
That bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri are still at large “doesn’t mean much,” the former general said Tuesday on the second day of a swing through Europe. He suggested they are far less a threat to his regime than Taliban-linked militants entrenched in Pakistan’s west.
Bin Laden and al-Zawahri are believed to be hiding somewhere in the lawless tribal areas along Afghanistan’s frontier with Pakistan.
“The 100,000 troops that we are using … are not going around trying to locate Osama bin Laden and Zawahri, frankly,” Musharraf told a conference at the French Institute for International Relations.
“They are operating against terrorists, and in the process, if we get them, we will deal with them certainly.“
And a great quote from ZIP
” This is what $10 billion and a fleet of F-16′s buys us…”