U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can give as good as she gets. In Lahore, Pakistan, she was grilled by college students Thursday and bluntly told critics that Pakistan can't blame all its problems on Washington.
In a particularly intense exchange, Clinton told a gathering of newspaper editors that the U.S. didn't believe Pakistan's government had done all it could to hunt al Qaeda leaders, such as Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, whom Washington believes are still hiding in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
"Al Qaeda has had safe haven in Pakistan since 2002 ... I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn't get them if they really wanted to," Clinton said. "Maybe that's the case; maybe they're not gettable. I don't know."
Clinton visited Lahore as part of a three-day diplomatic mission to Pakistan that she said was aimed at "turning the page" in U.S.-Pakistan relations. The trip has been marred by the ongoing violence in the country's tribal regions, including a Wednesday car bombing at a market in Peshawar that killed nearly 100.