Axis of Sketchy Allies
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: September 23, 2006
It helps to plug your book at the White House.
After Pervez Musharraf coyly sidestepped a question at a news conference with President Bush about his claim on "60 Minutes" that Richard Armitage threatened to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age if it did not cooperate in routing the Taliban in Afghanistan, noting that he had to save such juicy tidbits for his book's publication next week, he shot up over 1,000 spots on Amazon.com.
General Musharraf told Steve Kroft he found the Stone Age crack "very rude,'' and Mr. Armitage was on the defensive yesterday, explaining that he had been tough with Pakistan just after 9/11 but had not made any Flintstones threats.
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