Hillary Clinton supporters have been terrified this week. We have been frightened. We have been shaking in our boots, hiding under our beds.
Will Barack Obama, we fearfully wonder, open up his mouth again and further destabilize Pakistan?
Last time Obama opened his mouth on Pakistan – in a speech Obama deliberated on for weeks, not just offhand remarks – there were anti-American riots and American flag burnings in Pakistan streets.
President Musharraf, after Obama “saber rattled” was ready to declare a state of emergency. At the time we quoted several news sources which indicated Obama’s then latest blunder provided Musharraf with a fig leaf for imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan. Citing recent comments from Barack Obama about possible U.S. military action inside Pakistan, the government of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf warned yesterday it may impose a state of emergency due to “external and internal threats.
Typical for Obama, he lied, to cover up his international blunder. Obama accused his Democratic opponents of lying about what he clearly and beyond dispute had in fact said. Senator Dodd was attacked by Obama when Senator Dodd accurately described Obama’s remarks. David Shuster of MSNBC did the fact checking:
The biggest point of contention in the debate last night came stemmed from an argument Obama made recently — the idea that he would take action against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, if that country’s leadership won’t act. Several candidates criticized Obama on that point… and the fiercest exchange was over what Obama said in his recent speech.
Dodd: “If you’re making a mistake today, you ought to stand up and say so. It was a mistake in my view to suggest somehow that going in unilaterally here, into Pakistan, was somehow in our interest.” Obama replied: “I did not say that we would immediately go in unilaterally. What I said was that we have to work with Musharraf”
So, who is telling the truth? Judge for yourself. Here is what Obama said last week: “It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will.”
Dodd was correct about what Obama said… Obama did not say he would work with Musharraf.
Saying something stupid, afterwards denying he actually made the statement, eventually attacking as a liar the person accurately quoting him, is an Obama specialty.
In State Of Emergency, Part II, we provided extensive transcripts on portions of a debate which focused on Pakistan. Obama played, again, indignant. And again, Obama, much as he has in recent days, accused Hillary of trying to silence the discussion.
Here are Hillary’s entirely rational and experienced remarks on the matter of Pakistan and Obama’s ugly “attack Pakistan” speech:
SEN. CLINTON: Well, I do not believe people running for president should engage in hypotheticals. And it may well be that the strategy we have to pursue on the basis of actionable intelligence — but remember, we’ve had some real difficult experiences with actionable intelligence — might lead to a certain action.
But I think it is a very big mistake to telegraph that and to destabilize the Musharraf regime, which is fighting for its life against the Islamic extremists who are in bed with al Qaeda and Taliban. And remember, Pakistan has nuclear weapons. The last thing we want is to have al Qaeda-like followers in charge of Pakistan and having access to nuclear weapons.
So you can think big, but remember, you shouldn’t always say everything you think if you’re running for president, because it has consequences across the world. And we don’t need that right now.
Obama made his dangerous foreign policy speech in early August. Our commentary at the time was on target:
First of all Obama changed the words of his speech while accusing Senator Dodd of not having read the speech. In his speech Obama threatened Pakistan by saying if Musharraf “won’t act” we will. This was the Bush equivalent of ‘you are either with us or against us.’ Obama then, changed his words from “won’t act” to “cannot act” (see the transcript above) and has the audacity to insult Senator Dodd and accuse Dodd of either not having read Obama’s bomb of a speech or of mistating what Obama was saying. In other words, Obama the liar, was calling Senator Dodd a liar.
Obama then accused Senator Clinton of trying to somehow silence a discussion with the American people when what she was actually saying was that Obama should watch his mouth because as a presidential candidate his words can harm the United States. The American flag burnings in Pakistan and the threats of martial law in Pakistan are ample proof that Senator Clinton was correct.
Senator Clinton is not suggesting Obama should not discuss issues. Frankly, the more Obama opens his mouth on issues the more he hurts himself and his chances to win the nomination. The problem is that when, as a presidential candidate, Obama opens his mouth he hurts the United States’ people too. Us.
The collapsing Obama campaign in a DefCom 5 State of Emergency is putting us all in a state of danger.
The suspension on Saturday, November 3, 2007, of the Pakistani Constitution, dismissal of most of the Pakistani Supreme Court, arrests, and emergency rule decrees have Pakistan on the knife’s edge. Hillary Clinton supporters and rational people worldwide are frightened – Will Obama open his mouth again and move us closer to danger with his recklessness and saber rattling?