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Clinton: Pakistan ‘Making Progress’ Against Extremists

October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM EDT

MARGARET WARNER: Secretary Clinton, thanks for being with us. Now you’ve been to Pakistan many times but never as secretary of state, never at such a volatile time.


MARGARET WARNER: Was there anything unexpected that you found here? Something that you didn’t imagine?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, Margaeret it, it wasn’t that I found here anything unexpected. It was that I knew before I came that we had our work cut out for us, that there was a level of mistrust and misunderstanding that I wanted to tackle head-on. I have a great deal of admiration for the culture and the history and the struggle of the people of Pakistan. But what became clear in the time that I’ve been secretary of state, is that there was an enormous number of questions about our motive, our intention, our actions that had been built up over the last eight years. So I wanted to try to address those and go out and meet people and hear and listen and have a really, a good dialogue which I think we’ve had.

MARGARET WARNER: But it is, you say you know you’re saying to all these audiences, let’s turn the page.


MARGARET WARNER: And they’re saying, “No, let’s read some old chapters first.”

HILLARY CLINTON: That’s true. Well but I think that’s a kind of necessary stage to go through because I don’t think anybody from our government has really ever done this in recent memory, at least that’s what I’m told where you subject yourself to the pent up feelings of the Pakistani media, the Pakistani young people, of the business community, of women, of you know all kinds of audiences. And it, it is what I try to do in every place that I go, but it was especially important to do here. We will not always agree. We have different perspectives, experiences, historical, you know understandings of, of how we got to where we are, right now. But I think it is important for me to be seen as really building the confidence and the trust that we need to have between our two countries to pursue our mutual interest.