What! Musharraf signs book deal with Simon & Schuster

By Sinclere Lee

Washington (BNW) —
While we are trying to fight the war on terrorism, our best friend, road dog and biggest ally is signing book deals, and has sold his story to the highest bidder. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has sold the rights to his political memoirs, which will feature his views on the US war on terror and the Bush administration to the highest bidder.

What kind of shit is that? I guess al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will come up with a rap video, next. How you gone get some play in catching Osama bin Laden when Musharraf your number one ally is playing games? Bush is stupid!

While he was supposed to be over here for the UN conference, Musharraf came to an arrangement with Simon & Schuster Imprint Free Press on Thursday for the book deal. The company said Musharraf had showed his proposal to several New York publishers before settling for the unit of Viacom Inc.

The military officer who seized power in October 1999 has been a key Bush administration ally as the US pursued wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The book is to be published in the autumn of 2006, according to Free Press Vice President and Senior Editor Bruce Nichols.

The book is to be published in late 2006, according to Free Press vice-president and senior editor Bruce Nichols.

"He's going to cover the 'war on terror' from Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s up to the hunt for Usama bin Ladin," Nichols said.

"He's certainly also going to discuss his relationship with the Bush administration," he added.

Musharraf is seen as having taken a political risk by supporting Stupid Bush, and some in Washington are concerned about his ability to hold on to power.

But in return for his support and his efforts to curtail the black market for nuclear weapons parts, Washington has taken a lenient view of his reneging on promises to move Pakistan closer to democracy.

Musharraf even cited the book deal during an appearance with President George W. Bush on Friday to avoid repeating a purported U.S. threat to bomb his country "back to the Stone Age" after the September 11 attacks.

With his memoirs due for release on Monday, Musharraf used the unusual gambit to smooth diplomatic waters after talks on the U.S.-Pakistan partnership in the war on terrorism and efforts to prevent a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.

Musharraf, in an interview with CBS News' magazine show "60 Minutes," to air on Sunday, charged that after the September 11 attacks, the United States threatened to strike Pakistan if it did not cooperate in America's campaign against the Taliban.

Musharraf said Richard Armitage, then deputy secretary of state, told Pakistan's intelligence director, "'Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.'"

Bush told a White House news conference, in which he hailed Musharraf as an important ally, that he knew of no such U.S. threat, and Armitage said on Friday he had never issued such a warning.

"The first I've heard of this is when I read it in the newspaper today," Bush said as he stood next to Musharraf. "I guess I was taken aback by the harshness of the words."

Musharraf sidestepped repeating his earlier accusation, saying, "I would like to -- I am launching my book on the 25th, and I am honor-bound to Simon & Schuster not to comment on the book before that day."

Amid laughter from the assembled journalists, a smiling Bush quipped: "In other words, "Buy the book," is what he's saying."

Musharraf spoke just days ahead of the worldwide publication of his memoir "In the Line of Fire."

The White House said earlier it was not U.S. policy to threaten Pakistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, as it sought Islamabad's cooperation against Afghanistan's Taliban, who were sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"U.S. policy was not to issue bombing threats. U.S. policy was to say to President Musharraf: 'We need you to make a choice,'" chief Bush spokesman Tony Snow said. He added there may have simply been a failure of communication.

Armitage told CNN on Friday, "I've never made a threat in a my life that I couldn't back up, and since I wasn't authorized to say such a thing, hence I couldn't back up that threat, I didn't say it."

Armitage also said, however, he had made clear to the Pakistani intelligence director how strongly the Americans felt.

"I told him that for Americans it was black or white, that Pakistan was either with us fully or not," he said.

Praising Musharraf on Friday, Bush said, "My recollection was that one of the first leaders to step up and say that the stakes had changed -- that an attack on America that killed 3,000 citizens needs to be dealt with firmly -- was the (Pakistani) president."

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