I did not just hear Barack Obama say he never said anything about attacking Pakistan. I know I did not just hear that. Perhaps then his good friends at MSNBC would then like a retraction.
Obama said that as commander in chief he would remove troops from Iraq and putting them “on the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
I can’t watch any more of this.
NOTE: I defended Barack Obama to a point when he said the things about sending forces into Pakistan. But for crying out loud, don’t lie to my face and now say you never said them, sir. The fact remains that al-Qaeda will not be defeated inside Pakistan without deep involvement of US forces in one way or another. But there is quite a difference between knowing this and publicly sticking it in the face of a government we still hope to shoulder a significant amount of the load and sacrifice necessary. I think Senator McCain made this point well, perhaps even too clearly.
Those who hate us as well as those who simply want us gone and out of Pakistani policy (there is a difference) are in a far better local position to get their message out to the Pakistani people and effect their opinions and motivation than we are from here or in Afghanistan. And when an American of significant stature, such as a candidate for POTUS, says inflammatory things that can be used as propaganda against us, this is an inexcusable lapse of judgment that has consequences far beyond that which a prideful man like Senator Obama will ever acknowledge or perhaps even understand.
Don’t tell me you didn’t say what you said and cause what you caused by doing so.