It’s slightly counter-intuitive that Obama could sound more hawkish than McCain, but when it comes to Pakistan, that may be the case. Last night at his Wisconsin victory speech in Columbus, Ohio, McCain came out swinging against what he perceives as the Illinois senator’s naiveté of international affairs and world events.
Providing a potential sneak preview of his general election talking points, [McCain] asked, “Will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested bombing our ally, Pakistan?” The likely nominee’s comments referenced a counter-terrorism policy speech that the presidential hopeful gave in August in Washington, DC….
Obama at the time was talking about attacking known al-Qaeda terrorist targets, not suggesting mounting an attack on the country or government of Pakistan. Still, he caught flak shortly thereafter from some on both sides of the aisle for discussing the merits of attacking a sovereign ally.
And McCain saw no distinction, while speaking with reporters, today. “That’s still bombing Pakistan,” he said when pressed on the topic.
What an idiot Obama is! How naive can this rube be??? Obama clearly knows nothing about international affairs or world events or about fighting terrorism! He certainly doesn't know anything about national security or military matters--those are things which only Republicans know about!
And John McCain, who is not only a Republican--so he automatically knows everything about national security--but is also a former member of the military--so he, even though he was a pilot, automatically knows everything about fighting guerillas in the mountains of Pakistan--would never do anything as stupid as bomb Pakistan!
In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.
The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA's dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda's core leadership in two years…
Having requested the Pakistani government's official permission for such strikes on previous occasions, only to be put off or turned down, this time the U.S. spy agency did not seek approval…
Officials say the incident was a model of how Washington often scores its rare victories these days in the fight against al-Qaeda inside Pakistan's national borders…
This shit is supposed to be one of McCain's strengths.
And he has no idea what he's talking about!
Gee, imagine how fucking stupid he is about stuff like economic policy which he admits he doesn't know anything about!
It's really amazing to me that, in the modern Gee Oh Pee, they can't come up with one single candidate--not one out of millions of party members--who isn't either a pervert, a criminal, undeniably grotesque, or an idiot.