Gen. Clark on Obama's Attack on Hillary
Gen. Wesley Clark today:
"This is a time for leadership, not politics. Senator Obama's campaign seems to believe that Senator Clinton's actions led to the tragic events in Pakistan. This is an incredible and insulting charge. It politicizes a tragic event of enormous strategic consequence to the United States and the world, and it has no place in this campaign."
Here's another tidbit of information. On December 12, 2007, Katie Couric asked the candidates which country frightened them the most. Barack Obama answered "Iran." Hillary answered "Pakistan." From the transcript (available on Lexis.com):
COURIC: What country frightens you the most, and what would you do about it as president?
Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democratic Presidential Candidate): I think Iran poses a significant threat to stability in the Middle East. So I think we have to talk to Iran directly. And when we talk to Iran directly, even if there are profound disagreements there, that will send a signal to the world that we are not simply seeking to impose our will without paying attention to what other countries think. And that kind of dialogue has not taken place. This president has refused to do it. I think it's a profound mistake. JFK once said we should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate.
Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democratic Presidential Candidate): Well, right now I am most worried about Pakistan. I think Pakistan is very unstable. I believe President Musharraf has failed to deliver on either democracy or a rising standard of living for his people. You know, democracy has to be carefully nurtured. I would put the United States firmly on the side of the Pakistani people and on behalf of those who are agitating for democracy and for rights. I mean, it's almost touching to see lawyers, well-dressed lawyers, in the streets protesting and demonstrating for democracy, for the rule of law. I think the United States should be supporting those kinds of voices inside Pakistan, the nongovernmental organizations that they are part of.
John Edwards, by the way, selected China.
Mr. JOHN EDWARDS (Democratic Presidential Candidate): China. Because I think China presents huge challenges for America because of their size, because of of their population, and because of their not paying attention to human rights, because of their support of dangerous regimes around the--around the world: Sudan, Iran, places that China gets its fuel supply, its energy supply. And they're growing their military. And we need to put pressure on them economically; not allow them to continue to manipulate their currency; not allow them to continue to dump dangerous goods on American consumers, which I think they're doing today. I would ratchet up pressure on them diplomatically in terms of what they're doing around the world. I think they're enabling genocide in Sudan, in Darfur, with their economic policies with Sudan and Bashir. But I--those are the things I think that need to be done.
For an additional take on the Obama attack of Hillary over Bhutto's assassination, check out all of Big Tent Democrat's posts here today, and also former CIA Agent Larry Johnson at his blog, No Quarter.
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