October 21st, 2007
10:10 PM ET
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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. Charles in Orem, Utah

    Jennifer from Houston, do you have access to a dictionary? A "missile" is an object that is projected through the air; a "bomb" is a weapon that explodes. A hijacked, flying aircraft being deliberately crashed into a building is a "missile bomb", as opposed to a stationary bomb (as planted in a vehicle, trash container, or other chosen location). What exactly was your point?

    October 21, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    This statement should disqualify him from public office of any kind. Period.

    Is there a SINGLE Republican who understands the ways of the world? Not even talking about politicians, I'm talking about the Republican party as a whole.

    October 21, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Daniel

    A new SUSA poll from Iowa's general election has Clinton leading all Republicans comfortably.

    October 21, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Actually Hukabee did touch on something that should be watched. Pakistan is in volatile state right now. As proven by the attempted assassination of Bhutto this week. When Barack Obama stated a few months ago that The United States should not have taken our Military efforts off Pakistan and Bin Laden there by instead shifting to Iraq invasion. He was CORRECT.

    The deal Musharraf worked out that was to allow Pakistan it’s self to do away with Alkida and Bin Ladden hold out in the hills of Pakistan. This has not been done and is now several years later. Now we have Alkida and Bin Laden restructured and strong located in an unstable Country that has Nukes. Alkida is most likely infiltrating into Pakistan and if we end up with a terrorist lead country with Nukes. The US will have a much bigger problem then Saddams Iraq would ever have posed to the World. Barack Obama was CORRECT when he said we should have gone after Bin Laden in Pakistan ourselves when we had the chance. We could have worked out the after math with the Musharraf Government. Now we have to deal with Musharraf, Bhutto and Alkida in Pakistan with Nukes. If Obama has the best Judgment to lead then we should LET HIM and stop hating on him. Obama 08

    October 21, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. David Rink

    Has Hillary made the cackle rounds this morning?..

    OBAMA '08!

    October 21, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Sam, Manchester, NH

    Good for Governor Huckabee. The man is an excellent choice for the GOP. He has the morality, he has the open mind of someone who could appeal to moderates and he is very likable, not scripted and calculating like other candidates.

    October 21, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Chris, Loomis Ca

    Huckabee has really been gaining some momentum lately. As a Democrat, he is the only Republican I would vote for.

    October 21, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Posted By Paul Schumacher: "I have been censured from making posts on many websites for speaking my mind. What happened to my free speech rights?"

    I keep reading posts similar to this and they always get a chuckle out of me.

    This blog is the property of CNN. It is not an open forum. It is a privately owned blog. When you post you receive a message saying this blog is moderated by CNN.

    You do have the right to free speech. You do not have the right to have CNN pay for your free speech. You can go ahead and sue but you won't find a lawyer willing to take the case, especially pro-bono. The case won't even make it to court.

    Based on your spelling and grammar I'd say you didn't spend enough time in class, even if it was home school.

    I understand that Mr. Huckabee is a minister but I don't think even he advocates some of the issues you've brought up. I know Brownback does, which might explain his very low poll numbers.

    When God is brought back into the classroom who gets to decide which God is taught? The Native Americans? The Muslims? The Christians? This is exactly why school is the worst place for religion. Who gets to decide which religion is to be taught? By all Constitutional rights EVERY religion has to be given equal time. Do you want your children introduced to Wicca? It is a legal can of worms and the stupidest thing to champion by any candidate.

    Your founding fathers and their Christian morals and values are the ones who owned slaves. They are also the ones who nearly exterminated the Native American people. The "this country was founded on Christian values" is a tired argument and does not bode well in hind-sight.

    I'm a "neo-con" republican and proud of it but I also have an active and useful brain, unlike some people.

    And by the way, people breath out carbon DI-oxide, not carbon monoxide. Carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants unlike carbon monoxide. It scares me that a 55 year old man would be so oblivious of basic biology taught in every public school.

    October 21, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. bukky, baltimore MD

    Posted By Paul Schumacher, 6105 Castle Bay Dr., Las Vegas, NV89108 : October 21, 2007 12:37 pm

    Dude you are a loon... that's why they dont allow your post. What in the H- does this rant have to do with what Huckabee said.

    This is another scare tactic from huckabee. Yes the counrty is having issues, but they not unlike the politcial issues we have in thise country. THE US NEEDS TO STAY THE HELL OUT OF IT. everything we touch turns into crap

    October 21, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Angela, WPB, Fl

    Huckabee is just trying to push our buttons just like Dubya pushed our buttons to get the whole country to support his war for oil. Remember all his hot-button words??
    WMD, Axis of Evil, and my personal favorite the Anthrax scare that probably originated here – which, by the way has never been explained – Gee why not?? That little episode in our history effectively had all of us jumping at our own shadow and looking over our shoulder and not paying attention to his masterful manipulation of the whole country.
    Huckabee is just copying the same tactics. Distract, Confuse, Manipulate and Conquer.
    Won't work though – thankfully.

    October 21, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Huckabee would make a great member of the Obama Administration. Obama08

    October 21, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Ted, Cave Junction, Oregon

    Ron Paul hits the nail on the head, we need to change our Foreign Policy. We should be more concerned about America than other nations. Bring home the military and stay out of internal affairs of other countries,not that we should stick our heads the sand either. Lets fix our problems here first and then discuss the worlds problems afterwards.

    October 21, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. MS Johnson City, TN

    Yes, we do need to keep our eyes on Pakistan, although, not for the reason Mr. Huckabee has cited. Practically speaking, Pakistan is our 54th state. (Check out the Sabri Doctrine) If it were not for Pakistan, we would still be living under the threat of Soviet nuclear missiles. (Read "Charlie Wilson's War" by George Crile)

    It is about time we extend that well deserved honor to her. Then we can decide if we still want Musharraf to be the governor of Pakistan and Benazir Bhutto to assist him.

    October 21, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. U.S. Marine CBH, Camp Pendleton CA

    Enough with these fear mongers! They worry so much about "terrorists" then they can come over and relieve me from my post. That goes to any of you that "support the troops". You want to support me, then enlist in the military (if too old then enlist you sons and daughters). You're not going to do it? Then SHUT UP ABOUT SUPPORTING US!!!!

    October 21, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Rhonda, louisville, KY

    I like what this guy stands for. I think he seems like the best candidate. He has some solid answers for some serious issues.

    Louisville, Kentucky

    October 21, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Trang, Fremont, CA

    So, Mike Huckabee finally joins the gang to frighten the people. I thought he was different.

    And what do you plan to do if you think Pakistan is a threat?

    Pakistan is a country with many people living within that country. There may be a group of extremist within that country creating trouble, but do you take actions to hurt the whole country?

    Same case with Iran. Do you punish the whole country because of the actions of a group of 'extremists' within the country.

    As far as harboring 'extremists', you don't think America has 'extremists' within this country? The ruling party maybe 'extremists' with the kind of rhetoric they are spewing out lately. Should America be bombed because of the presence of these 'extremists'.

    Keep on this path and we'll have mutual destruction.

    October 21, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    This proves that the only one to trust is Illinois Senator Barack Obama. The only one NOT to trust is Dr. Ron Paul.

    October 21, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. George, Hollywood, FL

    "There is only one cure for this illness, TRUTH! Did you know that the UN has declared carbon dioxide is causing global warming? If that's true , how long will it be before they start killing humans to stop global warming. In case you are public schooled, humans breathe in oxygen & breath out carbon monoxide." – Paul

    ARE YOU KIDDING? MONOXIDE AND DIOXIDE are two very different things, in case you were not public schooled

    October 21, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Russell Abbott, Lafayette, Louisiana

    Huckabee does not know what he is talking about, this is way above his rank and over his head, he is simply fearmongering. But then Huckabee isn't a person whom's sentences have much thought placed inside them.

    October 21, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Joseph

    The last couple of comments from Huckabee on Abortion and Terrorism indicate that he is ferociously trying to market himself to the Right Wing Conservatives. This highlights the fact that there is a demographic of Republicans that want to hear these types of views -overblown rhetoric about "abortion=holocaust" and about Pakistan doing terrorist attacks. It seems that using overblown scare tactics and hyperbole works really well for galvanizing the Right Wing. What surprises me is that Huckabee is stooping to the level of using sacre tactics, when he has absolutely no chance of winning the GOP primary. Why go there? I want to respect Huckabee, but I have a really bad taste in my mouth from all the Scare tactics used by the Bush Administration during Bush/Cheney's first term, and I think other people are really turned off by this "fear rhetoric" as well.

    October 21, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Ron, LA, USA

    The next terrorist attack will come from the US itself, same as the 9/11 attacks was done by the Bush Administration and Neocons!

    October 21, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. George IL

    What I am very sure is the next assault of our civil liberties will come from our OWN government.

    October 21, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Wolff, Sarasota

    Mike Huckabee is a candidate? Holy crap, am I a candidate too?

    October 21, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Ron Tatum, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

    This still does not address his foreign policy experience, it simply shows he can read a newspaper!
    Of course, the next terror attack could come from Pakistan, it is a possible location of Osama Bin Laden.
    However, it could also come from Syria, Iraq, or Alabama. Huckabbe should hire me to keep him from saying such vague tripe!

    October 21, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. George Tenant, Washington DC

    That wouldn't be a big surprise, since they were involved in 9/11. Who do you think funded Al-Qaeda? It was the ISI Pakistan's Military Intelligence agency, which was founded by the British and funded by the CIA.

    October 21, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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