Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obama's muscular liberalism

From an Obama email today. Credit the man for at least understanding America's at war.

The time has come to turn the page on a failed approach.

The next President of the United States must commit to getting our troops out of Iraq and taking the fight to the terrorists.

We must reinforce our mission in Afghanistan with additional troops. We must press Pakistan and President Musharraf to close down terrorist training camps and stop the Taliban from using Pakistan as a safe-haven.

If Musharraf acts, we will stand with him. But if Pakistan will not act against Osama bin Ladin and the terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans, we will.

These are achievable goals, and when I am president we will wage the war we need to win with a comprehensive strategy.

Read the plan, declare your support, and spread the word that it's time to change direction:

The first step to making America safer is getting our troops out of Iraq and onto the right battlefields in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But that's not enough.

We must develop the military and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist networks and secure the world's most deadly weapons.

Recruiting, training, and equipping our forces to fight more targeted and agile counter-terrorism missions are central to our success.

President Bush's refusal to engage our enemies diplomatically has been a complete failure.

Well, he should credit Bush with some success in Korea: UN confirms N Korea nuclear halt

Unlike Clinton sending Malaine Albright to Pyongyang to dance with some kids.
She was taken to a kindergarten, where children put on a dancing routine (Albright gamely joined in). She was treated to a mass performance by acrobats and dancers waving banners and flowers at a Pyongyang stadium. She also visited the mausoleum of the late Great Leader Kim Il Sung. "This is a new one from a historical point of view," said Kim Jong Il. "I'm really very happy."
This administration is a little more cautious celebrating diplomatic success. A cautionsness Obama best consider before talk of attacking Waziristan and throwing an ally like Musharraff off a cliff.

From an Editorial in the Pakistan Observer,
Since 9/11 Pakistan has been in the forefront in campaign against terror and suffered the most in the shape of human lives. It helped in the arrest of hundreds of Al-Qaeda members. President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz were made targets by the terrorists for their cooperation to international community to fight terrorism. The present deteriorating law and order situation in the country and suicide attacks are a proof that Pakistan is all-out to defeat and eradicate terrorism. Despite these facts, asking Pakistan to do more and attaching strings with aid meant to fight terrorism is beyond one’s imagination. What have we gained from our support to the international community since the American attacks on Afghanistan against Taliban regime and Al-Qaeda. The money transferred was in return for utilization of our airfields and other facilities and some technical assistance for intelligence in FATA. There must be a realization in Washington that Pakistan had taken the role as a partner in the war on terror in spite of strong opposition on the home front and it did an excellent job.


Levois said...

There was a big deal made about Obama talking about crossing into Pakistan. I wondered what the big deal was until some one said allies. I'm glad he's showing some strength but he seemed to have only learned that recently.

Rob said...

Hey wait a minute, Bush has failed miserably dealing with North Korea. The latest agreement only just now gets us back to what Clinton and Albright achieved, and it does so only after allowing Kim Jong Il to build up his resources for seven years.