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O’Bama is Naive

Posted by Ryan on August 1, 2007

This is why a Democrat should not be President in today’s day and age:  they simply don’t understand foreign policy and the selective use of force.  This story comes out today about the fact that Barry O’Bama would threaten to send US troops into Pakistan to root out terrorists by forcing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to let us in to those tribal regions, while at the same time cutting off US aid to that country.  All this in response to She Who Must Not Be Named calling Barry naive on foreign policy (she’s one to talk!).  Well, I hate to say it, but she’s right!

Why?  I hate to sound condescending here, but this point should be obvious and I’ve repeated it here on Axis of Right numerous times.  Pervez Musharraf is fundamentally a general who calls himself “president” to placate the West.  He took power in a coup and has remained in power for two reasons:  he’s been tough but relatively fair to his political opponents (very few mass graves), and he tends to leave the radical tribal folks alone for fear of fomenting a countrywide rebellion against his government.  His power base amongst his populace is weak and based on the money and aid he gets from the US primarily.  Also, in case you didn’t know, Pakistan is a nuclear power.  So, if Musharraf’s government no longer gets money from the US and radicals force a revolution that takes over the government (which is the most probable outcome) then we would see overnight a radical Islamic regime with nuclear capabilites with ties to al Qaeda, the Taliban and every other major world terrorist organization.  Not fun.

Like it or not, Musharraf’s current approach is the lesser of all those evils and we should allow him to go into the tribal regions on his time frame, while trying to quietly negotiate American special ops missions on the border, which is what we have been doing.  Fifteen years ago this would not have been a problem, but since 1997 Pakistan has nukes, which makes the entire situation much more complicated.  O’Bama doesn’t seems to understand that, or he’s just trying to respond to SWMNBN in a way that will impress the far Left and, as the article states, make SWMNBN seem like “Bush-Cheney lite”.  Hardly.

MSDNC photo. 

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