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. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Maybe if GWB had been serious about capturing bin Laden, we wouldn't have to imagine him hiding in every cave in Afganistan and Pakistan. Here it is, 6 years after 9/11, and, instead of hunting for its perpetrator, we're tied up in Iraq because Bush was more interested in pursuing the man who tried to "kill his Daddy."

    Or was it purposeful that bin Laden has escaped our clutches? If the Republicans didn't motivate by fear, who would vote for them?

    Fear is unbecoming in a free people. There is only one Republican who is not a fear-monger, and that is Ron Paul.

    October 22, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    It has come time to ask ourselves serious questions about who we want to lead this country.

    Never before has more been at stake. We are at war in an endless and irresponsible fashion. Our planet is growing hotter and drier faster than any of the scientists have predicted and wihin 20 years our ice caps may be things of the past.

    We have gone from being the most beloved place in the world to the most hated.

    Our government seems mired in an endless partisan debate.

    We are scared and we feel that we are alone. We grasp at anything that even remotely resembles a life raft.

    I ask all of you, out there reading this now, to not grasp out of fear. Do not look backward, look forward instead.

    The conventional Washington thinking of past government administrations has devastated our country and our planet. The politics of fear has driven us into hiding, forcing us to temper our beliefs and our hopes in the face of an enemy both within and without.

    This is the way countries throughout history has fallen, when they lose their sense of common sense and logic, and start grasping at shadowy enemies and propaganda of the past.

    Barack Obama represents a fundemental sea change from that past thinking.

    We complain that nothing gets done in Washington. Why? Because Washington politics is controlled by greed and the big money provided by corporate lobbies that it takes to get elected.

    Here we have Barack Obama, who ha single handledly reformed that money system, drawing instead on the single biggest foundation of small political donors, most under a hundred dollars, IN HISTORY, to go toe to toe with the Washington establishment.

    Here is a man that has devoted his life to bettering the lives of others at the expense of his own monetary advancement. Here is a man who does not lead blindly and dictate answers, but instead LISTENS, and learns, and uses common sense again and again to solve problems.

    Barack Obama's record shows this. He has sponsored more bipartisan bills than any other Senator in his time in both IL and the Senate. He speaks more often about the environment and real solutions to our climate issues than any other candidate.

    Obama has single handedly reinvented the conventions of the political system. He can make the fundemental changes that are needed to save this planet and pull this country up by the boot straps to make us respected again.

    To save ourselves and save our planet we need to think out of the box, and Obama has proven, by his very candidacy and the viability of it, that he's the one to lead the way.

    he cannot do it alone. He needs our help. You cannot merely exist as a digital shadow, typing "Obama 08″ and leaving it at that. We must GET INVOLVED in the real world. Go out and start knockin on doors. Go out and put up some Obama fliers or buy bumper stickers and give them to your friends.

    Engage People.

    Make it happen. If you've never done it before, do it anyway. If you've never believed in anything before, believe that we can do this, that we, the people, can elect a true leader for a change instead of settling for the lesser of two evils as we usually do.

    Put on an Obama button and don't take it off. Learn about the issues that are affecting your life and start teaching others about them.

    Go to a school or a church group or a tennis club or the local Elks Club and speak. Overcome your fear of crowds to talk about the greatest hope this country has for true and meaningful change. Talk about Obama and convince others to do the same.

    Its all about the real world and affecting change in it. The time for apathy and for allowing others to pull your weight is long over with.

    We control this world, not others who would like nothing better than for good people to stand by and do nothing.

    True evil is not the acts of evil people, it is when good people stand by and do nothing while evil people act.

    Do not be part of the problem, be part of the solution.

    Support Barack Obama, in the real world.

    What are you waiting for, get your butt off the internet and go into the world as a real human being.

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    October 22, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    I suppose the more we throw pakistan into the conversation, the more the American people will start to beleive that Pakistan is Iraq, just like Iraq was Afghanistan. And let's not take the tension off if Iran either. In fact, let's see if we can group Saudi Arabia in with Pakistan. Eventually we can take over the entire middle-east, ensuring that we'll have to fight the so-called war on terror for several generations to come.

    I love my country, but I HATE my government (almost as much as I fear it). I don't want to be drafted. I don't want to be drafted. I don't want to be drafted. I don't want to be drafted.

    I'm voting for Ron Paul. Because I don't want to be drafted.

    October 22, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. roger, conway sc

    coming in second at the straw vote for the values voters summit in my opinion is not much to be proud of...this bunch of right wing neo-conservatives get together and choose who will be the best candidate to spread their narrow minded, ultra conservative, judgemental message...unreal examples vitter, craig, gingrich, gw, cheney, need i go on

    October 22, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Roger, Oak Brook, IL

    Huckabee as President? No way! But anyone who knows anything about the politics of Pakistan will know of the nexus between the military regime and the islamist terrorists. All of the 9/11 terrorists, whilst they may have come from the Middle East, had some connections back into Pakistan – training, funding, etc. The 7/11 bombings in London were executed by guys trained in Pakistan. It was the Paikistani military dictator who Zia ur Haq planted Islamist fundamentalists in the Intelligence Services to control the political forces in Pakistan. In addition, these Islamists were used to build up the Taliban in Afghanistan, and fight the Indians in Kashmir. The cancer spread. Even people like Huckabee understand that. Is it of concern to the USA. Any one who has dealt with fundamentalist Muslims know: as they themselves claim: "The West Loves Life, We Love Death". So if they were to get hold of the Pakistani "Nukes", of course we would have to take appropriate action. Of course, there are millions of wonderful, peace loving people in Pakistan. No one is arguing that.

    October 22, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    "Next terror attack may come from Pakistan"

    I have to disagree with Huckabee. I think the next Terroist Attack just may come from the US...

    October 22, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Jeff, Knoxville, TN

    He looks like a recovering alcoholic!

    October 22, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    To Paul Schumacher of Las Vegas,

    If we have to start eliminating people in order to take care of the carbon dioxide problem, lets start with you! You are a nut case.

    October 22, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Janetta, Tucson,AZ

    quit knocking Huckabee. It's those of you that are behind Hilary and Obama that need to seriously re-think what you are saying. Scared? Yes its because of who you want to vote for. Who said that either one of these know it all!

    October 22, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. JC Topeka, KS

    Actually, the next crimminal action could come from any number of places where individuals feel that they have a gripe against our government. But, it is easy to center in on Pakistan. Why not show concern over China, the largest banker the US government has seen in recent history. What if China decided to dump it holding in US Government bonds and notes. What about OPEC if they decided that they were not going to do buissness in US Dollars anymore. Maybe Russia back sliding to a dictatorship, maybe North Korea deciding to up its demands or China getting its feathers ruffled and proclaimimg that US foreign policy is interfering in interal matters with our dealings with Tawain.

    Strong on national security, against what common crimminals. Better start worrying about strong on international relations, which will aid in the tracking down and capture of international crimminals rather than talking the talk and sitting down in the easy chair to watch.

    October 23, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    To Anonymous:

    You know if I fostered your level of support for a Presidential Candidate, in your case, Obama. I would be proud as a peacock to sign and back up my lengthy, factual, contribution to this forum with my given name vs. Anonymous.

    Anonymous does not give much weight or creedence to the author or their suject.

    October 24, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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