Obama Prepared to Invade Pakistan?
In a strikingly bold speech about terrorism scheduled for this morning, Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Sen. Barack Obama will call not only for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, but a redeployment of troops into Afghanistan and even Pakistan — with or without the permission of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.Of course, this is the same Barack Obama that told the Associated Press he has absolutely ruled out using U.S. troops to prevent genocide in Sudan (unless the U.N. grants permission, presumably), no matter how bad the situation gets…
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there…One way to look at this is that Senator Obama, if he becomes President, is willing to use the U.S military to defend America’s traditional security interests, but not for fundamentally humanitarian missions. (this would be a sharp contrast from the administration of President Bill Clinton, who was criticized for using the military to do “global social work”).
”We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea.”
However, an equally valid interpretation is that Obama has succumbed to the Democratic Party’s usual foreign policy incoherence, and is (unintentionally) telegraphing the message that the best way for others countries to protect themselves from American military action is to proclaim hostility to the United States and/or the basic norms of civilization as loudly as possible, because Democrats have internalized the McGovern/Carter era philosophy that punishing allies does more to bolster America’s standing in the world than attacking enemies does.