WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.
The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.
I have to laugh, I really do. This isn’t a stance that Obama came up with because he believes in it, he simply said it in response to Hillary Clinton calling him naive. It’s not even that I necessarily disagree with entering Pakistan, but the fact that it came out of Obama’s mouth is a joke. To be honest, I’d believe Hillary before I believed Obama, he’s too audacious.
More via Breitbart:
In a major speech laying out his anti-terrorism strategy, the Illinois senator was also to propose one billion dollars in extra non-military aid for Afghanistan, and accuse President George W. Bush of botching the war on terror.
Obama responded to recent intelligence reports that Al-Qaeda has regrouped in remote Pakistani tribal areas.
“I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges,” Obama said in excerpts from the speech released by his 2008 presidential campaign.
He has to say this stuff to counter Hillary. I can guarantee you if she didn’t begin calling him weak, we would never hear this stuff. Obama is a dove, that’s been perfectly clear for a long time. He has to respond to Hillary somehow because she’s killing him simply by looking stronger in the war on terror.
“But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans … if we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”
The Bush administration last week attempted to smooth a row with Pakistan over intelligence reports suggesting an Al-Qaeda resurgence in wild lawless areas over which the Islamabad government has little control.
I will agree that the Bush administration should be employing the full power of our military in outrageous shows of strength to smight al-Qaeda in one fell swoop. However, I will not fool myself into believing someone like Obama, this is the same man who wants to sit down and negotiate with our enemies:
Now please, tell me this man truly believes in entering Pakistan without Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s permission? He can’t even criticize the holocaust-threatening Iran without asking the Iranian President’s permission.