US war review: Al Qaeda aims to ‘bring down’ Pakistan, says Biden

Published: December 20, 2010
US vice-president repeats threads of a one-year report on the US surge in Afghanistan. PHOTO: EPA

US vice-president repeats threads of a one-year report on the US surge in Afghanistan. PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda is trying to “bring down” Pakistan, US Vice President Joe Biden warned on Sunday, days after a war review tip-toed around Islamabad’s role in fighting extremists.

“Our overarching goal and our rationale for being there is to dismantle, ultimately defeat al Qaeda … to make sure that terrorists do not, in fact, bring down the Pakistani government, which is a nuclear power,” Biden said.

The vice-president, in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” programme, repeated threads of a one-year report on the US military surge in Afghanistan that pointed to progress but warned that more time was needed.

The report trod carefully on the uneasy US anti-terror ally following pointed criticisms of Islamabad’s nuclear safety and other areas of policy revealed in the US cables published by WikiLeaks and other reports.

Many experts say Pakistan is far less willing to take action against militants seen as useful in fighting rival India or in preserving Islamabad’s influence in Afghanistan.

While the war review called relations with Pakistan “substantial” – a departure from private US assessments that question Islamabad’s commitment to fighting extremists – it did urge some readjustment.

“For instance, the denial of extremist safe havens will require greater cooperation with Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan,” it said.

Biden measured success against al Qaeda by noting it had been restricted to efforts like the botched underwear attack on a US-bound jetliner last Christmas and a failed amateurish bombing in New York’s Times Square in May. “We have significantly degraded a lot of the main planners and trainers. That means we’re in much better shape than we were a year ago and two and three.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Anti American
    Dec 20, 2010 - 11:31AM

    Its our Country, Leave it on its own conditions and decisions. Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:40AM

    No one can bring down Pakistan from the outside. If anyone who can bring this country down, its our own Politicians who are the Mir Jaffer of this country. Biden, you please don’t worry about us as you yourself cant handle your own problems and thus creating terrorism in the whole world. It would be best that US solves its own problems and let the world handle it problems.

    US is the major reason of today’s terror world.Recommend

  • Khadija
    Dec 21, 2010 - 5:08PM

    This is all rubbish American propaganda about Al Qaida’s threat to Pakistan. They say it just to win Pak Government’s sympathies and legitimize their presence in the region. Recommend

  • G.Khan
    Dec 23, 2010 - 12:51AM

    Where is USama , Biden? Did not you and your army came for USama? Where is he? why he is not captured in 10 years? And By the way, What is your army doing there for the last 10 year? Where is AL-CIA-DAH? Why in the last 10 years we have not seen a single person on Open trial in which Media is also allowed? Why media is not allowed to Interview these people? Mr. Biden ,we Know all this cock and Bull story. There is no AL-CIA-DAH. Because Real AL-CIA-DAH is the CIA itself. You are persuing a Virtual enemy as a pretext to spread Terrorism across the world and occupy other nations. That’s the Agenda. There is no AL-CAI-DAH. And USama will never be found because its already with you. He was on your payroll for a long long time? Should I show you the payment records?Recommend

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