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. Marshall, Atlanta, GA

    Huckabee's right! We need to bomb Pakistan, and then Darfur and Myanmar while handling Iraq and going into Iran!

    Huckabee's got a plan for America!

    October 21, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. charles, brooklyn,ny

    Obama 08!

    October 21, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Karen,nj

    There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear..there's a man with a gun over there.. telling me that I've got to beware.. You got to stop hey what's that sound everybody look whats goin down

    October 21, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Jo, ATL GA

    To David Rink:

    If that's ur real name. On every post it looks more and more like you work for the Obama camp. Good luck to u though and hopefully u are getting paid.

    Remember ur mother crackle too...

    October 21, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Karen,nj

    What a field day for the heat..a thousand people in the street..singing songs that they carry inside..mostly saying hooray for our side..you got to stop..hey..what's that sound...I'm done singing now

    October 21, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Next terror attack can come from a conservative Republican (e.g. Oklahoma City)

    October 21, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Karen,nj

    Do you really believe the 911 story? I never did. I am just being honest.

    October 21, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. jack jett

    Such a woman is Ms Hucky.

    jack jett

    October 21, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Lorenz, queens, ny

    There are 4 nations that have illegal nuclear weapon programs. Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and India

    October 22, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. orcey, dunwoody ga.

    wait ! Is the Huckster saying that that cute little guy with the bad toupee is going to OK a terrorist attack on the US?

    October 22, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. Jill

    OH Hillary,she is smart enough,i gotta wish for her for president,and obomb does not have enough expierence with this at all she has 6 years to his 2,this is the reason i wont vote republicans trying to scare us.

    October 22, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    I thought that a man of the cloth was not suppose to tell lies. I just heard your attack on Hillary and what would happen if she became President. A pack of lies they were. You have just proved that politics / power corrupts the soul of the religious and non religious alike.

    October 22, 2007 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  13. Al Morvin Arkadelphia Arkansas

    Mike Huckabee performed well for Arkansas. He was part of government that left us with a surplus of funds rather than leaving us with another bankrupt state. He is genuine and educated. Have an open mind and get to know him.

    October 22, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  14. Ryan, Arkansas

    Anyone taking Huckabee seriously needs to google the story of Wayne Dumond.

    October 22, 2007 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  15. Karen,nj

    No one should even worry about Huckabee he's not even in the running. Can you imagine a president with the name Huckabee. Better yet, Obama. Don't think so!

    October 22, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  16. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    How on earth would Huckabee know? Did God send him a vision? This guy is a joke. Go back to Arkansas and bang your Bible, Mikey, you dont belong anywhere near the White House!

    October 22, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Tom - Dedham, Mass

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

    Posted By Ron, LA, USA : October 21, 2007 4:01 pm

    Do tell Ron, do tell. Lets hear the details my friend.

    October 22, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. thescoundrel

    Pakistan is a worry spot. Though the current government in power is sympathetic to the US an overwhelming amount of its citizens are sympathetic with Osama.Many even help protect him. Add the fact that Pakistan already has a formidable nuclear arsenal, means we have to keep a close connection with the current government to avoid Al Qaeda from taking over the country.

    October 22, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. noshaba, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't understand why the best intelligence in the world (U.S. Intelligence) is unable to locate one man (Osama Bin Laden) for the past seven years? If he really is somewhere in the caves of Pakistan, go get him. Is it that they really can't find him or they "don't want" to find him, or are they even looking for him? The nation is tired of "talk." WE'll believe you when we see a progress!!U.S. is playing the same role Great Britain played hundreds of years ago–imperializing. History should've taught them diplomacy is always better than occupancy.

    October 22, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. krsnaKhandelwal

    Before partition Pakistan was also Indian and the public there is quite the same way as in India ,they too have values and are peace loving people. Their pshyche may have taken some wrong shots but they would still be more humanistic than many other nations. Don't lure them with money and no body from Pak would indulge in any kind of terrorism.The restoration of democracy and open borders with India will make them truely happy and prosperous for their land is no less endowed.

    October 22, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I disagree that our next attack will come from Pakistan and that bin Laden might be hidding there. We can't find missing people right here in the USA or identify the people living here. I believe the next threat is from within our country and we are all sitting ducks. Most of our military is abroad and we don't have "bunkers" to hide in like our high gov't officials(remeber 9/11, Cheney was hiding in a bunker and we the American people were left exposed without a hiding place. However, we did have a military on our soil at that time). Bush's failed plan about taking the fight to the enemy on their soil without knowing who's on American soil I believe will bring the worst disaster from within.

    October 22, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. cgrandt5

    Should we worry about Pakistan, Yes. Although has anyone seriously considered the even bigger threat of the workings of Iran and Venezuela. They are both on a mission, and that is to take over the world, and oust our monarch headed by George Bush. Something to consider.... Yeah, that guy is a joke.

    October 22, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. joseph, austin, TX

    To all the libs out there. Why is it that when Obama said pakistan was going to be a problem, you people say nothing, in fact obama is ahead of the curve talking about pakistan. However when a republican and one that is outwardly conservative says the same thing its republican scare tactics. the hypocracy you libs bathe your selves in is awesome.

    October 22, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Jennifer, Houston, TX

    Charles in Orem, Utah, I do have a dictionary. I have lots of dictionaries! According to my dictionary, a plane, which flies of its own power and is not projected by anything else, is not a missile. Nor is it a bomb, unless it is packed with explosives for the purpose of detonation. By your rationale, all planes are missiles. By your rationale, if an automobile explodes after an accident, it is a bomb. I disagree with your interpretation that "A hijacked, flying aircraft being deliberately crashed into a building is a "missile bomb"," nor do I care what the definition of a "stationary bomb" is, which has nothing to do with the topic.

    I think that Mike Huckabee is correct in being concerned about the possibility of terrorists plotting from within Pakistan. However, I believe that saying things like "missile bomb" is hyperbolic and deliberately inflammatory. It is very, very unlikely that anyone is going to launch missiles at us from far away. But it sure sounds scary, doesn't it? So does the thought of terrorists hijacking another one of our airplanes, but we can do a lot more to protect ourselves from that, and we have.

    So, if you want to have a serious discussion with the American people about the threat of terrorism, you talk about places like Pakistan, where there are areas in which Al Qaeda is operating freely. If you want to scare the American people, you start talking about missiles.

    And that, Charles, is my point.

    October 22, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Lance in Monrovia CA

    I can sum up every Republican nominee's strategy for election in one word... three letters actually...


    October 22, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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