“…said he would dispatch forces to Pakistan's tribal areas even without the permission of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf.”Sorry, do what now, flower? Put troops in Pakistan without asking the permission of the government? Invade Pakistan? Are you fucking kidding me or what? And this from the man who calls Hillary Clinton “Bush-Cheney lite”.
The government of Pakistan is, understandably, not impressed. From The Times:
“These are serious matters and should not be used for point-scoring,” Tasnim Aslam, a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, said. “Political candidates and commentators should show responsibility.”No kidding. But I think Aslam doesn’t stress her point strongly enough. Because I don’t think Senator Obama has realised this yet, but Pakistan is becoming an increasingly unstable state. And what do we think would happen if America sends troops into Pakistan with the permission of the President? That the militant fundamentalists will embrace the US troops? That they will welcome them with open arms? And that they will think that Musharraf, who has not fought the infidel American pig dogs, is sound as a pound? No. Musharraf will be gone in an instant. Unless, of course, he fights the USA.
And whilst Musharraf’s regime is by no means perfect, it is a lot better than some of the alternatives. Like a fundamentalist Islamic regime in charge of Pakistan Or a regime that is even more keen on war with India. Or a civil war in Pakistan.
Obama shows all the geo-political savvy of a drunk on absinthe playing Risk. Which makes him about as credible as US President as, well, the incumbent.
*This concept has been shamelessly stolen from Mr Eugenides. For pithier examples of the same idea see here and here.
**Following in the *ahem* illustrious footsteps as Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.