August 2, 2007
Smarting from the tongue-lashing he received from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at last week's debate, Sen. Barack Obama came out with a bold statement suggesting that, if he is elected president, he would intervene unilaterally inside Pakistani territory if that country's leader fails to suppress the Al Qaeda threat. He says we need to get off the "wrong battlefield" in Iraq (which is flat and relatively accessible) and pursue the terrorists on their home bases in Afghanistan and Pakistan (which are extremely mountainous and remote). See Washington Post. Well, isn't that special?
Question #1: Would he seek prior permission of the U.N. Security Council?
Question #2: Would he seek approval from Congress?
Question #3: Would he target Pakistan's arsenal of nuclear weapons?
Question #4: Does he have an exit plan in case things go awry?
Question #5: Does he have even a clue about strategic reality?