Update: Obama: Calls for Unilateral War Against Pakistan
by Vox Populi, Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 05:37:06 AM EDT
I can't believe what I just read. Barack Obama, in an effort to make himself look tough against Hillary Clinton, announced that he would unilaterally send troops to Pakistan to expand the War on Terror.
"Let me make this clear," Obama said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."
This follows up on something he said in 2004, when he suggested that he would support launching missles against Pakistan and Iran to prevent extremists from getting nuclear weapons.
Who's acting like Bush now?
For me the most disturbing part is that he is calling not for an international coalition or increased assistance to the Pakistani government, but for a military invasion of a sovereign nation.
Barack Obama called the invasion of Iraq a "stupid war." How is this smarter? Aren't there better options than sending an already-stretched military into a hostile nation with a moderate government?
Think of how empowering such an invasion would be to Iran. The US has toppled regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. If the Obama plan to invade Pakistan went into play, that would be three nations bordering Iran that would be thrown into a state of civil war and chaos.
I've always praised the Obama of 2002 who opposed the build-up to war and invasion of Iraq. But I have been highly critical of him since. And his current stance on Pakistan has me deeply worried. Especially since he's even more hawkish than Bush on the issue.Update II:
Let's talk about some important facts.*1. Pakistan is a US Ally* *2. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. A US invasion could put those weapons into the hands of the terrorists we want to get.* *3. We don't have the military capacity to do this.* Update III:
The Obama campaign must have gotten it's talking points to the Obama listserv. Notice how his followers are all using the same points that all Americans support getting Osama. They are trying to change the debate from a de facto war against Pakistan to a police action against one person. US troops going into Pakistan means war. It just does, people.