IF AN ATTACK LIKE THE FAILED TIMES SQUARE BOMBING SUCCEEDED AND COULD BE TRACED BACK TO PAKISTAN, "THERE WOULD BE VERY SEVERE CONSEQUENCES" SAYS HILLARY CLINTON -- "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
The Secretary of State Says Pakistan has been More Helpful in the War on Terror
But the U.S. Wants and Expects More
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Pakistani government has been warned that if a terror operation like the failed Times Square bombing were to be successful and found to be originated in their country, "there would be very severe consequences." Clinton also acknowledged Pakistan's increased cooperation in the War on Terror, but said the U.S. wants and expects even more from the Muslim nation. The interview was conducted in Washington today by Scott Pelley for a 60 MINUTES segment to be broadcast Sunday, May 9 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"We've made it very clear that if - heaven-forbid-- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Clinton tells Pelley. The car bomb that fizzled out in Time Square last week was planted by Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Pakistan and says he had terrorist training there. Watch an excerpt.
Clinton says Pakistan's attitude toward fighting Islamic terrorists has changed remarkably. "We've gotten more cooperation and it's been a real sea change in the commitment we've seen from the Pakistan Government. [But] We want more. We expect more," says Clinton.
Since the relationship with Pakistan turned around, the results are encouraging she says. "We also have a much better relationship, military to military, intelligence to intelligence, government to government than we had before," Clinton tells Pelley. "I think that there was a double game going on in the previous years, where we got a lot of lip service but very little produced. We've got a lot produced. We have seen the killing or capturing of a great number of the leadership of significant terrorist groups and we're going continue that."
60 MINUTES has been following the secretary of state for the past six months, capturing Clinton in her duties in places including Afghanistan, the White House and the United Nations.