WASHINGTON On Dec. 6, 2008, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered a polite but stern message to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Gilani.
Their closed-door meeting in Islamabad, with U.S. Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman, came 10 days after Pakistani terrorists killed 164 people in coordinated attacks on hotels and restaurants in Mumbai, India.
The senators were freshly arrived from neighboring India, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told them that he was under enormous political pressure to retaliate against Pakistan for the Mumbai attacks. He asked them to convey to Pakistan the urgent need to crack down on its perpetuators.
Graham, the Seneca Republican, told Gilani that his government had to move quickly against those responsible for the Mumbai massacre to forestall possible war between the two long-time hostile neighbors.
On a return visit a month later, Graham expressed impatience with Pakistan's failure to prosecute the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks.
The senator pointedly reminded the prime minister: Six Americans had been murdered in Mumbai.