Barack Obama’s controversial comment on Al Qaeda

2 Aug

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,”

– Leading Democratic Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington

It is one of those controversial remarks that is typical of American political leaders who see themselves as above the law. Obama’s comments reflect a strain similar to Bush and his (isms) in which both men see themselves as justified to take military action even at the expense of ignoring the sensitivities and sovereignty of other nations. Obama’s comment is as loaded as Bush’s “either you are with or against us” rhetoric.

Perhaps his latest remark is to salvage an earlier comment in a CNN Youtube debate in which he said he was willing to to meet leaders of enemies states such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran without conditions. Is this a PR exercise to establish his image as a leader tough on ‘terror’ after Clinton dismissed him as a light weight on foreign policy?

While presidential Democratic candidates are often perceived as “more progressive or unilateralist” compared to the Republicans, Obama’s comments on Pakistan reveals that there is very little difference between either political parties when it comes to military intervention and the “war on terror”.


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