Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists even without local permission if warranted - an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive. [emphasis mine]Naive is not descriptive enough for this reckless act. When we went into Afghanistan and Iraq, it was with the approval of Congress and was an Act of War. Granted Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's, support has been disappointing, but his Presidency is fragile, his country divided, and his support by those in the region where Obama wants to send troops is very low. An invasion of Pakistan by Obama would result in uniting Pakistan against us. We need allies, not more enemies.
Once we invade a sovereign nation, we will isolate the US from the rest of the World. This is not Diplomatic, this is Idiotic. Pakistan does posses Nuclear Weapons. This proposed invasion would make allies of a Nuclear Power and the al Qaeda Terrorists, - against us.
Analysts say an invasion could risk destabilizing Pakistan, breeding more militancy and undermining Musharraf. The Pakistani Foreign Office, protective of its national sovereignty, has warned that U.S. military action would violate international law and be deeply resented.From the text version of Senator Obama's speech as published on the Senators Web Site (Remarks of Senator Obama: The War We Need to Win).
I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. 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 Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will. [emphasis mine]Under International Law, that qualifies as an Act of War. The Senator has criticized President Bush for not having an Exit Strategy for Iraq. What's his exit strategy for an invasion of Pakistan?
Update:As a map shows, the area is isolated. Quoting from Senator Obama's speech cited above.
As President, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to re-enforce our counter-terrorism operations and support NATO's efforts against the Taliban. [emphasis mine]Senator Obama wants to send 3,000 to 7,000 new US Infantry Troops. Add to that number the troops needed for support and supply. Now we are beyond the capability of air support alone. A fighting force of this size, requires land supply lines of at least 200 miles, through Afghanistan, Pakistan and/or Iran.
Senator Obama is making a Political play to show he's tough. What he needs to show is experience and better plans for America's future.