Today Senator Barack Obama made a remarkable foreign policy speech before the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars.
The Senator said he would send American troops into Pakistan even without the permission of President Musharraf.
“There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3000 Americans….
If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”
It seems to me this is a highly questionable policy. There is no guarantee that an American military incursion into Pakistan would catch many or any terrorists. But such action will almost certainly destabilize Pakistan and lead to the replacement of Musharraf by a rigid Islamist leader. Musharraf is not perfect but he far and away our best ally in the region.
It also seems to me that this is another example of what Hillary Clinton calls Obama’s “irresponsibilty and naivety.”
Today’s speech raises serious questions about whether Obama is ready to be president and commander-in-chief. Do you agree?