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Aug 4th, 2011


U.S. Prepares for Worst-Case Scenario with Pakistan Nukes


A medium range ballistic missile Hatf V (Ghauri) missile takes off during a test fire from an undisclosed location in Pakistan on Dec. 21, 2010 in this photo distributed by the Pakistani military. The liquid-fuel missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and has a range of more than 800 miles. (Photo credit: Ispr / EPA)

By Robert Windrem
Investigative Producer for Special Projects

July 28, 2011

As U.S.-Pakistani relations spiral downward, the specter of a showdown between the increasingly antagonistic allies is garnering more attention, including the worst-case scenario of the U.S. attempting to “snatch” Pakistan’s 100-plus nuclear weapons if it feared they were about to fall into the wrong hands. …

It’s no secret that the United States has a plan to try to grab Pakistan’s nuclear weapons — if and when the president believes they are a threat to either the U.S. or U.S. interests. Among the scenarios seen as most likely: Pakistan plunging into internal chaos, terrorists mounting a serious attack against a nuclear facility, hostilities breaking out with India or Islamic extremists taking charge of the government or the Pakistan army. …

Read the full story at MSNBC Open Channel

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U.S. Missile Barrage in Pakistan (Sept. 9, 2010)

Pakistan’s Taliban ‘Double Game’ (June 13, 2010)

U.S. Special Forces Killed in Pakistan (Feb. 4, 2010)

War on Terror Pakistan Blowback (Oct. 30, 2009)

Pakistanis Protest U.S. Airstrikes (Jan. 27, 2009)

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U.S. Drone Down in Pakistan (Sept. 24, 2008)

U.S. Denies Pakistan Incursion (Sept. 22, 2008)

Pakistan: We’ll Kill U.S. Troops (Sept. 17, 2008)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Support for Afghan War Plummets

One year ago today, I reported that public support for President Obama’s Afghanistan war policy had plummeted amid a rising U.S. death toll, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, which also showed Obama’s handling of the war in Iraq at record-low approval.

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