1,594. 12/14/1999

“After [would-be Millennium Bomber Ahmed] Ressam’s arrest [on December 14, 1999] [President Bill] Clinton telephoned [Pakistani Chief Executive] General [Pervez] Musharraf in Pakistan. He demanded that Musharraf find a way to disrupt or arrest bin Laden, according to notes of the conversation kept by the American side. Musharraf’s coup offered a potential fresh start in U.S.-Pakistan relations, Clinton said, but the potential benefits of a renewal–economic aid and trade relief–depended on whether Pakistan’s army helped remove bin Laden as a threat. Musharraf pledged to cooperate, but he was ‘unwilling to take the political heat at home,’ cabled U.S. ambassador William Milam.”

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 487

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