Hello all. I'm not an Economist-reading die-hard political maverick, but I was looking over the policies of both McCain and Obama on Pakistan and here they are, respectively:
McCain: "McCain maintains a relatively moderate stance concerning Pakistan, although he has recognized the South Asian nation as an important part of US Foreign Policy. In the aftermath of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination (in December 2007) McCain appeared to rule out the option of US forces entering Pakistan, saying that it was not an appropriate time to "threaten" Pakistan."
Obama: "On August 1, 2007 Obama declared in a foreign policy speech that the United States must be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan, with or without the consent of the Pakistani government. He claimed that if elected, "If we have actionable intelligence about high value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will"."
This isn't so much about which perspective is right, I just thought I'd ask how likely you think an invasion of Pakistan is, in the coming decade or so, judging by Pakistan's previous track record?
In this political climate in Pakistan an attack on their sovereign soil would not be intelligent, now that it would have been before: I am simply not qualified to make that judgment. However I'm qualified to say that right now it would be a bad idea. Not that it is going to be held against Obama, he didn't know what would happen.
Launching attacks into Pakistan even if there are Al Qaeda etc isn't the smartest option. Usually what happens is that innocent civillians die (not saying its purposefully done but it happens) such images are then shown on Pakistani channels and hey what is a fairly anti US society in Pakistan gets even more hostile. Many Pakistanis would feel justified and it would in an odd way give the Taliban etc greater legitimacy as they would be seen to be attacking the attackers. I'd say McCain's got it right, Obama is trying to pander to patriots that claim Pakistan has Bin Laden and highlight GWB failures, but undermining a nations sovereignty makes the US be viewed as a colonionalist power.
look i am a pakistani and ofcourse belive that america has no rigth to attack pakistan which is a soverign country..... america unfortunately doesnot relaise how many sacrifices we have made on the war on terriorism.... we have lost more troops than nato and the american army.... yet america is soo ungrateful. pakistani is doing all it can to play its role in this war so obhama better keep his mouth shut and so should that ediot karzai... what the heck does karzai think of himself... i tell you he is soo ungrateful ... pakistan has accepted and accomadted soo many afgan refugees not only now but also during the times of the russian invasion... america should realise that pakistan is suffering the most due to the war on terror since these millitants are boming our tribal areas and explosions in the main cities are also imminent
I dont think invading Pakistan is the smartest or the most beneficial option - the most likely outcome will be deaths of innocent people. Although Pakistan should consider more effective ways to continue the war against terrorism I think America fails to recognise or appreciate the sacrifices that Pakistan has already made in the hope to bring peace.
I'm probably the only one thinking this but maybe Obama's rather 'hurried' approach to Pakistan and terrorism, as some may deem it, may be due to all the controversy surrounding his Muslim middle name. Perhaps creating an image where he puts Americans before foreigners and, it sounds blunt, Muslims is one he needs to boost his campaign.
Obama needs to step it up a notch. Cain has experience in office, he knows about war, he's white (yes its bad to say it but its a valid reason), and he chose a better VP candidate than Obama did. The republican voters arent going to vote for the democrats, and visa versa (obviously) so you need to hit the 2% of the american public that are unsure. I think last month Obama had them on his side, I think this month, Cain has them. November will be interesting
- America is naturally a right-wing country.
- Obama is very very socialist for Americans
- Obama is half black, which might disuade SOME people
- Palin will secure the psycho Alamaba type voters
- Palin will secure some Hillary supporters
- McCain will grab some liberals/libertarians
- He has more experience than Obama
To name a few?
Because the Americans see a Hollywood Actor and an Ex-Beauty Queen credible?
Anyway it is useless to say now, as the elections haven't even finished. As long as Dubya is out, I'm happy.
I think Obama needs to step up a gear to secure the presidency. Although he is enjoying a good lead.
The % of votes at this stage are always close. McCain and Obama have an almost equal chance of winning.
You can always expect a bounce for McCain after his convention (and a very powerful speach), I say wait until the debates start before you start making sweeping statements ... ...