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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Barack Attack

Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty
Barack Obama is itchin' for some war action:
The US presidential hopeful Barack Obama will today say he is prepared to send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists if he is elected to the White House.

The remarks, from a speech to be delivered later today, appear to be an attempt to show strength after Hillary Clinton, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, described his foreign policy approach as naive.
It looks like the two Dem "front runners" are racing to the bottom on this one.

Could we please - please - have some responsible alternatives in our choice for leadership? We've got enough warmongering on the Republican side.

Eff this infant and his rival.

Update: I respecfully disagree with Kevin Drum:
I understand the political imperative to sound tough, but on a substantive level there's less here than meets the eye. Covert ops in the FATA territories are distinctly limited, and full-scale invasion is out of the question. The rest of Obama's speech might have been less attention-grabbing than his Pakistan baiting, but it was also more important. The boring bits usually are.
Sorry, but saber-rattling has its consequences. We've had enough of that.

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