He quickly backtracked once the criticism started, stating that he meant that the sacrifices of our troops weren't being honored by the civilian leadership. I didn't buy it then, and I still don't.
About two months later, Obama was blathering about how the U.S. now had a bad reputation in the world, primarily due to our war in Iraq and a foreign policy that relied more on tough talk than strength and vision.
"Good morning. We all know that these are not the best of times for America's reputation in the world. We know what the war in Iraq has cost us in lives and treasure, in influence and respect. We have seen the consequences of a foreign policy based on a flawed ideology, and a belief that tough talk can replace real strength and vision."Fast forward to 01 August 2007, and B. Hussein was exhibiting his foreign policy strength and vision.
B. Hussein Obama - Speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on 23 April 2007
"Let me make this clear," Obama said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. "There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."And how did that help America's reputation in the world? Well, there was this example of increased respect:
Pakistan criticized U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes against terrorists hiding in this Islamic country.And then there was this example of B. Hussein's newly found influence:
Top Pakistan officials said Obama's comment was irresponsible and likely made for political gain in the race for the Democratic nomination.
"It's a very irresponsible statement, that's all I can say," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khusheed Kasuri told AP Television News. "As the election campaign in America is heating up we would not like American candidates to fight their elections and contest elections at our expense."
Tariq Azim, the minister for state information, said a state of emergency could not be ruled out because of "external and internal threats" and deteriorating security in Pakistan's volatile northwest near the Afghan border.If only B. Hussein Obama was president, then America's standing in the world would once again be restored. Yep. Right.
Azim also said talk from the United States about the possibility of U.S. military action against al-Qaida in Pakistan "has started alarm bells ringing and has upset the Pakistani public." He mentioned Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama by name as an example of someone who made such comments, saying his recent remarks were one reason the government was debating a state of emergency.
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