I’ve let this sink in for a few days. And I don’t get it. Obama’s foreign policy seems like it’s all over the place. From the Washington Post:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama issued a pointed warning yesterday to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, saying that as president he would be prepared to order U.S. troops into that country unilaterally if it failed to act on its own against Islamic extremists.
In his most comprehensive statement on terrorism, the senator from Illinois said that the Iraq war has left the United States less safe than it was before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and that if elected he would seek to withdraw U.S. troops and shift the country’s military focus to threats in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“When I am president, we will wage the war that has to be won,” he told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center in the District. He added, “The first step must be to get off the wrong battlefield in Iraq and take the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
I don’t understand at all the logic in threatening Pakistan. Musharraf is not to be taken lightly. No world leader is. However, Musharraf is a smart politician, with more experience than Barack Obama. I am confounded by Barack’s approach. Invade Pakistan? When we cannot afford Iraq?
I don’t get it at all.