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February 19, 2008

Is McCain Against Taking Out Al-Libi?
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

McCain just accused Obama of threatening to bomb our ally Pakistan, and saying that this somehow shows his inexpreience.  Actually, what Obama suggested last spring was that if you have actionable intelligence, sometimes unilateral action and targeted strikes are necessary to take out terrorist targets.  This seems like an odd attack for McCain, especially since the front page of the Washington Post this morning tells me this:

In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone's operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.

The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA's dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda's core leadership in two years, and it involved, U.S. officials say, an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan.

Having requested the Pakistani government's official permission for such strikes on previous occasions, only to be put off or turned down, this time the U.S. spy agency did not seek approval. The government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was notified only as the operation was underway, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities.

Officials say the incident was a model of how Washington often scores its rare victories these days in the fight against al-Qaeda inside Pakistan's national borders: It acts with assistance from well-paid sympathizers inside the country, but without getting the government's formal permission beforehand.

So is McCain against taking out a top Al Qaeda operative Al Qaeda's no. 3?  Is that what he defines as inexperienced?

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Bombing is different from selective strikes that are becoming common in this war. Pakistan has allowed this type of action to take place. You spinboys are real liars! A dangerous aid to the enemy of this country. The truth is Obama is weak, has nothing to say and completly unqualified to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

No matter how you "spin obama" the truth is that he doesnt know what he is talking about and only makes the world that much more dangerous. We need the experiance and quality of John McCain. Obama is a product of easy living and no real committment, just another political opportunist who hasnt the qualities to run much less be President. The Audacity of Audacity of Audacity is the battle cry of the opportunist obama.

"Bombing is different from selective strikes"

Dear Sir, when you use a selective strike you are bombing some one. Please follow your own advice and stop the spin yourself.

I don't know if Obama or McCain can stop al-Quaida, but I do know that so far the Republicans under Bush have done an incredibly poor job..... Just ask Mr. McCain himself.

So the question is. Why would any one vote to keep in power the very same people that compunded the problem of terrorism around the world ?

Just don't take out those poppy fields!
(They're funding the CIA... ssshh!)

Steve Thompson:

Do you recall Mr. McCain's "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" comments? Very responsible of a would-be president. It would appear that he is more focused on diverting attention to attacking other nation-states and avoiding the al-Quaida threat as much as possible. However, this does dovetail with Bush's decision to remove focus from the real threat, while leaving it a viable one, just to pursue a personal vendetta in Iraq and leave the atmosphere of fear with the American public.

Additionally, Mr. Obama will be more qualified on foreign relations than any of the previous 5 presidents as he is or has been on subcommittees dealing with Foreign Relations, Veteran Affairs as well as Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Yeah, really inexperienced, huh?!

Steve, you are correct that bombing is not the same as selective strikes. However, if you were paying attention, you'd notice selective strikes is exactly what Obama was promoting: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will." - Barack Obama, 8/1/07.

Pursuing high-value targets after receiving actionable intelligence is pretty darn selective, and he didn't even mention "bombing". Where's the spin in that direct quote?

I love it when people start splitting hairs. VERY funny. I heard McCain's little diatribe scolding Obama. How ironic that if McCain had said it everything would be justified and right. Please.

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