2,103. 6/25/2001

” ‘I want a way to bring this guy [bin Laden] down,’ [President] Bush told his advisers in the White House…as he reviewed the threat reports. But when [National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice met with Pakistan’s foreign minister in late June [2001], she only repeated the stale warning that Pakistan would ultimately be judged by the behavior of its allies. [Counterterrorism czar Richard] Clarke wrote a week later to urge that Bush officials think now about how much pressure they would put on Pakistan after the next al Qaeda attack, and then implement that policy immediately. His recommendation was ignored.” [The 25th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 567

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