Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said this week that he would send troops into Pakistan if need be to hunt down al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden and his cohorts.
"If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will," he vowed.
Will the tough talk reassure voters unsure of Obama’s mettle and judgment as a war president? Or will it give new ammunition to Hillary Clinton’s recent charge that Obama is "naive" and "irresponsible" on foreign affairs, given the fragile political balance in Pakistan — a nuclear country?
Obama’s statement does highlight the fact that the perpetrator of 9/11 is still at large and planning new attacks six years after the event.
Why wouldn’t we want to take him out if we had the chance?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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