US Prepares For Worst-Case Scenario With Pakistan Nukes
Musharraf warns snatch-and-grab operation will lead to all-out war
As US-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 US attempting to “snatch” Pakistan’s 100-plus nuclear weapons if it feared they were about to fall into the wrong hands.
That would be a disastrous miscalculation, former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf told NBC News, saying that such an incursion would lead to “total confrontation” between the United States and Pakistan
Privately, current and former US officials say that ensuring the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons has long been a high national security priority, even before the September 11 terrorist attacks, and that plans have been drawn up for dealing with worst-case scenarios in Pakistan.
The greatest success of the US war on terrorism – the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden in his safehouse in May – has fueled the concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, increasing suspicions among US officials that he had support within the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence service, and emboldening those in Washington who believe an orchestrated campaign of lightning raids to secure Pakistan’s nukes could succeed.
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 US or US interests.