October 21st, 2007
10:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee: Next terror attack may come from Pakistan

Huckabee said the next terror attack on the U.S. could originate in Pakistan.

(CNN)–GOP Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says America needs to remain enagaged with Pakistan, because the next terrorist attack against the United States could come from there.

Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday', Huckabee was asked by Chris Wallace to respond to criticism that he lacks the foreign policy experience that would prepare him for the presidency.

Wallace asked Huckabee how he would approach relations with Pakistan. Huckabee said "we need to keep our eyes on Pakistan. I think we've sort of taken a view that everything is OK there, and it's not OK there," he said. "Let's not forget, it's somewhere in the caves of Pakistan where Osama bin Laden is hiding. The next missile bomb that maybe comes our way, the next terrorist attack, is probably going to be postmarked Pakistan."

Huckabee is scheduled to appear in a debate with his fellow GOP rivals Sunday evening in Orlando, Florida.

On Saturday, he finished a close second in total votes, to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in a straw poll of conservative voters at the Values Voters Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The total numbers included participants both present at the event, and online. Huckabee scored a decisive victory over his rivals, based on votes cast by voters physically present at the summit.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Marti, Plano, TX

    Really, is anyone taking this guy as a serious candidate?

    October 21, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Niren Angle, MD, San Diego, CA

    It pains me to see our journalists not be able to use English properly. Last paragraph – "Total numbers were comprised of..."- someone needs to do a little more reading. It is either "composed of" or " ...comprised the total numbers.."

    October 21, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Maria, Houston

    That's right, the focus should be on Pakistan. I just wonder how long it takes before the rest of candidates start pointing out what Barack Obama said months ago. Feel free to re-read his comment and this time please think about it.

    OBAMA 08!

    October 21, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |


    October 21, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. timbuck, houston, texas

    how the hell would he know? he just went on a sleazy ass tv show to toss red meat to the neocons.

    October 21, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. I.Ferhat, Istanbul, Turkey

    Pakistan as a state entity is very different from the extremist groups that it harbors in its tribal areas. Why do Americans lump everyone in an entire nation together under one stereotype? It's like saying that everyone in Alabama has no teeth and sleeps with their cousin.

    October 21, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. bob, boca raton, fl

    Let's hope he is right. The country was ready for WW #3 after 9/ll, but Bush passed up the opportunity. I believe if this country is attacked again you won't have to draft anybody.

    October 21, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Bruce, San Francisco,CA

    Barack Obama has said it several times and pople have called him a fool. They prefer to hear from Hilary clinton who obviously says what they want to hear like she did towards the iraq invasion. Trust Barack's judgement please, look at the Pakistan instability, thats where Al Qaeda is. afghanistan as well, thats where the troops need to be

    October 21, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Bill New Orleans LA

    Real Presidents don't Cackle

    October 21, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Crawforde Buffalo NY

    A real intelligent deep thinking statement there Mr. Huckabee. Can you tell us how you arrived at this information, and is this the key point to your campaign ? But more importantly, according to CNN, are you related to Dick Cheney? If you aren't, well Obama will then win anyway. You may as well save your campaign time.

    October 21, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Nancy Oslo MI

    Hillary will make a much better President. Even with all the Cackling.

    October 21, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Shicro Columbia SC

    Real profound statement. So you keep your eyes on Pakistan. What do you do, close your eyes to everyone else. Real good there. We want a President with all eyes open. Go Hillary !!!

    October 21, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Karen,nj

    Once again the Republicans are trying to scare us. Pakistan is not going to attack us unless the evil ones get a hold of their missles which is unlikely. Americans are not as weak minded as they once were, they can see through this. These tactics fom the beginning never fooled alot of us.

    October 21, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Anna, Ithaca NY

    zomg let's go into every country that could harbor potential terrorists and take out their governments for supporting anti-american sentiment. this is the only way we can guarantee security for our great country.

    Or, we could figure out why there is such anti-American sentiment (hint: it's not because of our freedoms) and deal with the issue through diplomacy. Why is the message of democracy being spread at gunpoint?

    There's only one guy on the Republican side who understands the consequences of US foreign policy and why it needs to change... his name is Ron Paul.

    October 21, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Andrew, NJ

    Huckabee is pathetic. Honestly...I would be SERIOUSLY surprised if this fool could point out Pakistan on the map.

    The only reason he is even mentioned is because he is doing somewhat well in Iowa because he used to be a priest. There is a reason he only has peanuts money wise, even after so much positive coverage.

    October 21, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Jennifer, Houston, TX

    "The next missile bomb?" When was the first "missile bomb?"

    Didn't the republicans jump all over Obama for his tough talk about Pakistan?

    October 21, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. David, Gilbert Arizona

    This is the only major plank in the GOP platform that really irritates me.

    When a bomb went off in Pakistan, aimed at former Prime Minister Bhutto the U.S. media ran with a story radical Islam was trying to destabilize the Pakistani government. It seems that if someone in Pakistan breaks wind al Qaeda is blamed for it.

    I have a friend I've known since before 9/11 who is Pakistani living in Karachi, the same city that was bombed. No one in Karachi believes al Qaeda was behind the bombing. Ms. Bhutto has made many political enemies since she was Prime Minister.

    “I am not accusing the government, but I am accusing certain individuals who abuse their positions, who abuse their powers, I know in my heart who my enemies are." – Benazir Bhutto

    She blames her political enemy elements still in the Pakistan government.

    I like a lot of things about Huckabee but this type of rhetoric is dangerous.

    October 21, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Tim, Cincinnati OH

    Huckabee should be taken seriously. At the very least, he'll be the VP nominee on the GOP ticket.

    October 21, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    The United Nations requires a rogue citizen complaint receiving department, which requires a locally established United Nations embassy in all participant nations.

    The next Terrorist Attack against the United States of America against the peace of that nation, based on logical averages, will come from renegade elements born of the United States itself such as the D.C. snipers, or the Virginia Tech massacre.

    International elements of pre-terror must be guaranteed the ability and access to petition the United Nations as if they themselves were an autonomous national body separate from their home nation; the United States of America does not negotiate with Terrorist who hold an open threat, but that statement does not deny negotiations with groups before they sponsor or engage in international terror so allowing a chance for peaceful resolution in assembly hearing the reasons of their hostile or disgruntled states.

    While a nation may have rogue elements living amongst its citizens the housing nation may not share the hostile intent against an individual nation, coalition, corporation, or group; those who do blame a foreign power for hardships must find an international route which does not bring the home nation any association to their terrorist intent.

    International rogue individuals are now present in Pakistan, but this does not label Pakistan the nation or make it the target of discussion beyond the known location. Just as the Irish republican army is not every Irish citizen.

    October 21, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Just what America Needs another Leader who perceives every Nation as a threat that needs to be taken out with Military Action! ie: BOMBS

    Vote GEORGE W. nee Bush Huckabee for 2008. And get ready for another Disastrous 4 year reign !

    Is there even one Peace Loving Candidate in the Presidential Race?

    October 21, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. MikeknaJ, Orange County CA


    Really? Exactly what was false about what he said? Do you truly think Pakistan is not a potentially dangerous threat in the future? He wasn't being inflamitory in his rhetoric, simply stating the realities of the situation on the ground there. It's interesting how quickly some automatically dismiss him simply because of the show he was on or by calling him a name and just ignore what he actually has to say.

    October 21, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Mike

    This is a typical example of right wing fear driven politics. Whatever. Go Hillary!

    October 21, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Reed, Topeka, KS

    Hmm, somehow, similarity between "Huckabee" and "huckster" is not the slightest bit surprising...

    October 21, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Ben - New York, NY

    You know what probably isn't a good idea? Insulting Pakistanis by labeling their country a possible threat. Jesus. What ever happened to diplomacy?
    And how can anyone take this sort of assertion seriously after the travesty in Iraq?

    October 21, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Andrew, NJ

    Tricia...the closest thing is Ron Paul. I wouldn't call him peacenick(he only wants to go to war as the LAST resort) i.e. he authorized to go into Afghanistan)...but voted against the Iraq War, and he will get us out of Iraq the second he gets elected.

    Check him out...he is on the Republican ticket. http://www.ronpaul2008.com

    October 21, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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