Subtlety isn't a feature of the Bush Administration.
The other day, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced that back in 2001 The U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan if there was no cooperation with US anti-terrorism efforts. The comment was attributed to then-Deputy US Secretary of State Richard Armitage, the same man who supposedly let slip the covert CIA identity of Valerie Plame Wilson.
“In this situation,” Musharraf said, “I have to think and act to protect my nation’s interests, and so I did.”
Musharraf claims also that the US insisted on Pakistan allowing US troops to use its military bases and frontier outposts during the war in Afghanistan while forbidding the people to express support to militants who attack US military facilities during the war in Afghanistan.
This Musharraf refused, saying, “We cannot deprive our people of their freedom of speech.”
Would that we got such a clear declaration of free speech rights from our own government!
But I digress.
For his part, George W. Bush says he knew nothing of this threat, which is probable considering that Armitage is alleged to have made it to Pakistan's head of intelligence. Bush may not have known a thing about this, which isn't a good sign that he is in charge of the government he heads.
The fact that this story has come out now has some interesting implications.
Recently, Fidel Castro hosted a conference of non-aligned nations, which issued a statement vowing to oppose the United States as "a country [which] posed "a grave threat to world peace and security."
In addition, Asian investment funds are beginning to rise, which could lead to foreign investors to bypass Wall Street for capital - a move which would immediately weaken confidence in the dollar, and the US economy by extension.