The View From 1776

Which Obama Do You Believe?

In tonight’s presidential debate, Senator Obama denied that he ever had countenanced committing a unilateral act of war against Pakistan.

But he sang a different tune in August.

Tough talk on Pakistan from Obama

Wed Aug 1, 2007 7:26pm EDT

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States must be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan, adopting a tough tone after a chief rival accused him of naivete in foreign policy…

Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said.