Wednesday, August 1

:: Obama Blinks

The AP reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States must be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan, adopting a tougher tone after a chief rival accused him of naivety in foreign policy.

"If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will," Obama said.

Obama’s response to being called "naive" on foreign policy is to announce he would take military action in Pakistan - brilliant. If its more macho posturing this country needs, we might as well stick with this guy ===>

Pakistan will not take kindly to public threats of a U.S. invasion (and going in without their permission would be called an invasion). And with what troops? With what backup (Black Hawk Down, anyone?) Did he think about what would happen if we blundered in, the Pakistani public were outraged, Musharraf's regime went down, and the real fundamentalists took over?

The last thing his campaign should have done in response to the "naive" message was put forth the image of a man with only 2 and a half years of experience in national policy making acting as Commander in Chief leading us into an armed conflict with Pakistan, a very unstable country with nuclear weapons.

It's like Dukakis in the tank, writ large. If I didn’t have to do some actual work right now, I’d be trying to use the wrong software to superimpose Obama’s face on the tank picture ===>

Sounds to me like the campaign panicked and said - "we need a bold message that makes us long strong" -and then did the opposite.

In the staredown with Hillary on foreign policy, Obama blinked.

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