Obama Talks Tough About Pakistan
Posted on Aug 1, 2007
Perhaps hoping to counteract any perceived weakness (or naivete) about his stance on foreign policy, presidential hopeful Barack Obama let fly with some words of warning for Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in a Washington speech Wednesday.
AP via Yahoo! News:
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.
“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.”