President Obama and US strike in Pakistan…

Thank goodness I did not vote for Obama. I feel sorry for all the people who thought he was a peace candidate. Down to the teenagers at the Huntington Fall Festival wearing the name Obama and peace signs on their t-shirts…

(The Washington Post actually wrote the article in a way that questions if President Obama knew about the air strikes. What spin to suggest that the Commander-in-Chief could possibly be un-connected to an air strike on another country. If the military of the United States took action without the consent of the President, I would guess it would be some sort of a scandal and military people would be fired. How long do they give Obama such a pass that they apologize for his military actions?)

2 U.S. Airstrikes Offer a Concrete Sign of Obama’s Pakistan Policy
The Washington Post – January 24, 2009
By R. Jeffrey Smith, Candace Rondeaux and Joby Warrick / Washington Post Staff Writers

Two remote U.S. missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan yesterday offered the first tangible sign of President Obama’s commitment to sustained military pressure on the terrorist groups there, even though Pakistanis broadly oppose such unilateral U.S. actions.

The shaky Pakistani government of Asif Ali Zardari has expressed hopes for warm relations with Obama, but members of Obama’s new national security team have already telegraphed their intention to make firmer demands of Islamabad than the Bush administration, and to back up those demands with a threatened curtailment of the plentiful military aid that has been at the heart of U.S.-Pakistani ties for the past three decades.

The separate strikes on two compounds, coming three hours apart and involving five missiles fired from Afghanistan-based Predator drone aircraft, were the first high-profile hostile military actions taken under Obama’s four-day-old presidency…

It remained unclear yesterday whether Obama personally authorized the strike or was involved in its final planning, but military officials have previously said the White House is routinely briefed about such attacks in advance…

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