Wednesday, August 01, 2007

He really doesn't get it

Who is giving this guy National Security advice? Where do you start? Go to GoogleEarth and look at the geo. Review the history of the place. Review the culture. Review Pakistani politics.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.

The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.
Talk about a Strategic, Operational, and Tactical nightmare.

There are one of two things going on here. Either he spoke without thinking - unlikely. That or he is trying to sound big and furry without understanding what he is really saying - likely. Either reason is bad.

I don't know of any military professional who would think this is a good idea. Talk about a plan destined to fail. The layers of wrong with that concept just boggles the mind.

Jim Geraghty
and J-pod both do a fair takedown.

Not ready for prime time.

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