By Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Last September, when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited the White House to tout a controversial plan for driving al-Qaeda from his country, President Bush responded at a joint news conference with a trademark profession of faith. When Musharraf “looks me in the eye” and says there “won’t be a Taliban and there won’t be an al-Qaeda, I believe him,” Bush said.
Ten months later, the administration’s top terrorism official gave reporters a starkly different view of that plan, declaring that al-Qaeda had established a safe haven inside the very country that Bush had hailed as a “strong partner” in the war on terrorism. Musharraf’s anti-terrorism plan “hasn’t worked for Pakistan. It hasn’t worked for the United States,” Frances Fragos Townsend, White House homeland security adviser, said in late July.
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