US Preps a Retaliatory Hit on Pakistan

White House readies its response should Taliban strike US soil
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2010 7:15 AM CDT
US Preps a Retaliatory Hit on Pakistan
Pakistanis speak outside a locked house owned by the family of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, in his native village of Mohib Banda, Pakistan, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

The Times Square incident sent the White House scurrying to examine its options for a counterattack on Pakistan in the event of a successful strike on US soil, reports the Washington Post. The hit would be used only in extreme scenarios or if President Obama loses faith in the CIA's drone strikes, officials say, but the US is increasingly worried by the threat posed by the Pakistani Taliban.

The White House is simultaneously ramping up its outreach to Pakistani intelligence in a bid to prevent an attack in the first place. But as it weighs options, it's moved away from a "large, punitive response" to more surgical strikes. "We need to be circumspect in how we respond so we don't destroy the relationships we've built," one official tells the Post.
(Read more US-Pakistan relations stories.)

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