Sunday, February 29, 2004
Thousands of US troops will be deployed in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan in return for Washington's support of President Pervez Musharraf's pardon of the Pakistani scientist who this month admitted leaking nuclear arms secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea...
"It's a quid pro quo," according to a former senior intelligence official. "We're going to get our troops inside Pakistan in return for not forcing Musharraf to deal with Khan." Musharraf has also offered other help in the hunt for Osama, accused of masterminding the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, according to the article.
Hey, that sounds like a theory TigerHawk discussed a week ago: "I propose that we are letting [Musharraf] off the hook by “believing” the Khan explanation and not protesting the Khan pardon, and in return he is finally getting serious about hunting down Al-Qaeda."
Thanks to Seymour Hersh doing the heavy reporting necessary to back up my rank assertions.
UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Pakistan denies there is a deal.