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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pentagon Seeks to Widen Pakistan Raids

Hat Tip: Drew Thompson

Wasn't Hillary making fun of Obama for wanting to take on the terrorists in Pakistan?

I guess the U.S. military didn't find it so funny. From the New York Times:

"American commanders in Afghanistan have in recent months urged a widening of the war that could include American attacks on indigenous Pakistani militants in the tribal areas inside Pakistan, according to United States officials.

The requests have been rebuffed for now, the officials said, after deliberations in Washington among senior Bush administration officials who fear that attacking Pakistani radicals may anger Pakistan’s new government, which is negotiating with the militants, and destabilize an already fragile security situation."

Here's what Obama said about Pakistan:

"There must be no safe havens for terrorists who threaten America. We can not fail to act just because action is hard. As President I would make hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional. And I would make our conditions clear. Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps evicting foreign fighters and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan ... There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered three thousand Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an Al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraff will not act, we will."

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Drew Thompson said...

Where's my hat tip? Hope you won your race.