Boehner: US, Pakistan in make-or-break moment

May 10, 2011 - 7:44 AM
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gestures as he addresses the Economic Club of New York in New York, Monday, May 9, 2011. The Economic Club of New York is a non-political, non-partisan and non-profit organization with members from the executive levels of business, industry and finance. Its mission is to promote the study and discussion of social, economic, and political questions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the killing of al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden presents a make-or-break moment for U.S.-Pakistani relations.

The Ohio Republican says in a broadcast interview he believes "it's a moment to look each other in the eye." Boehner (BAY'-nur) told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that "if we're really going to be allies, if we're going to fight this war together, we need to be in it together all the time."

He said he still trusts the Pakistani government but concedes that questions linger over "what they knew or didn't know about bin Laden being in their country — their willingness to pursue some terrorists but not others."

Boehner said he thinks that Pakistan on balance "has been a real asset" in the war on terror.