Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is “very alarmed by the growing extremist threat in Pakistan and remains frustrated particularly by the political leadership’s inability to confront that threat,” his spokesman said Monday.
Mullen just returned from a trip to Pakistan which included a dialogue with that nation’s military chief General Kayani.
Pakistan and the United States have a long standing relationship that allows the sharing of intelligence information; but the current government in Pakistan seems to be casting some doubt upon that relationship….
Mullen (L) with Kayani
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SecState Clinton “Concerned” About Pakistan’s Nukes
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is currently safe, but Washington has “concerns” over what could happen if the advancing Taliban topples the government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday.
The security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is “an issue that we have very adamant assurances about from the Pakistani military and government. We’ve done a lot of work over the years evaluating that,” Clinton told Fox News in an interview in Baghdad.
“I think that the current thinking of our government is that it is safe,” she said, according to a transcript of the interview. “But that’s given the current configuration of power in Pakistan.
“One of our concerns, which we’ve raised with the Pakistani government and military is that if the worst, the unthinkable were to happen, and this advancing Taliban encouraged and supported by Al-Qaeda and other extremists were to essentially topple the government for failure to beat them back — then they would have the keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan,” Clinton said.
“We can’t even contemplate that. We cannot, you know, let this go on any further. Which is why we’re pushing so hard for the Pakistanis to come together around a strategy to take their country back,” Clinton told Fox.
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