Lugar questions what Pakistan knew about OBL
May 8th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
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Lugar questions what Pakistan knew about OBL

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continued on Sunday to question what Pakistan knew in the lead-up to Osama bin Laden's capture, saying it seems "logical" that people in the country were aware of his location.

"It appears to me very logical that if Osama bin Laden was in that home for six years of time, in a group of people that were connected with the military, then a lot of people in Pakistan knew about his whereabouts," the Indiana senator said on CNN's "State of the Union."'

Lugar and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, held hearings on Capitol Hill Wednesday raising concerns about bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was captured and killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that he has not seen "any evidence at least to date that the political military or intelligence leadership of Pakistan knew about Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan."

Lugar, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Donilon delivered the "official view" on the situation as a representative from the White House, but said it is not clear how many people in the Middle East country knew where he was hiding.

"When something like this occurs the divisions then within that government become acute and people then become more bellicose in berating the United States or somebody else to try to protect themselves against criticism within the country," Lugar said.

But their debatable knowledge does not mean the United States should cut off aid to Pakistan, Lugar said. He said they are a critical component in the war on terror because of the terrorists still within the country, those that pass through its borders and their nuclear arsenal.

"Pakistan is a critical factor in the war against terror, our war, the world's war," Lugar said. "Pakistan is really a critical country but we are critical to them likewise."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Osama Bin Laden is dead, move on.

    May 8, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Pakistan safe haven for international terrorist 2005 London attack 2008 Mumbai attack originated form Pakistan
    Pakistan gave asylum (right word asylum) to most wanted international terrorist Osama Bin laden
    I feel uncomfortable when we called Pakistan is our ally war on terror

    May 8, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans have always been weak on defense and keeping Americans safe. I think they could something about terrorism if they would shut up and listen to the democrats.

    May 8, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I meant to say, 'learn' something if they would shut up and listen. Sorry for the confusion.

    May 8, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Keep your enemy close.

    May 8, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. shoegazer

    Pakistani officials and the ISI are up to their eyeballs in the whole mess going back to 9/11.

    May 8, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Pakistan's ISI (intelligence agency) played a major role in the creation and rise to power of the Taliban. Most likely there are groups within the ISI and the military who were willfully blind or actively involved with al Queda. We can pressure their government in a lot of ways, but ultimately we have to identify our enemies in Pakistan.

    May 8, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |