Skip to comments.How credible is Hillary Clinton on Pakistan?
Posted on 12/31/2007 9:56:59 PM PST by digger48
Last weekend after returning to my office from the television studios of a major network where I had done a brief segment on the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, I turned on CNN to watch their coverage of the Bhutto assassination's aftermath.
Sen. Hillary Clinton was telling Wolf Blitzer that she didn't think "the Pakistani government at this time under President Musharraf has any credibility at all."
She then said something that betrayed a serious lack of knowledge about Pakistan and called her own credibility on the subject into serious question.
"If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election," she told Blitzer, "then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow."
My immediate reaction was: "Did I hear that correctly?"
As a Pakistan analyst, I know for a fact that Pervez Musharraf doesn't wish to stand for election any time soon.
The upcoming elections are for the next parliament. Musharraf was just elected president of Pakistan, overwhelmingly, by popularly elected electors on Oct. 6. He's just begun his five-year term as the president of the country. Why would he ever want to run for one seat in parliament? It wouldn't make sense.
However, I checked the transcript of the interview later. That's exactly what she said.
My next reaction was: "Maybe she misspoke. Candidates do a lot of interviews. Not every sentence comes out the way they want it to."
After all, Sen. Clinton is a candidate who is running claiming big-time foreign policy knowledge and experience that she says her closest opponents in the Democratic Primary don't have.
Pakistan? A nuclear power? A front-line ally in the war on terror? A country that's been in the news an awful lot in the past few months? "C'mon," I told myself. "A candidate with all of those advisors has got to know at least the basics about Pakistan's political system."
No such luck.
Sunday morning, ABC's This Week ran an interview George Stephanopoulos had done with Sen. Clinton on Friday.
The interview produced this gem:
Referring to a possible delay in the elections, Sen. Clinton said: "I think it will be very difficult to have a real election. You know, Nawaz Sharif (leader of the PML-N, an opposition party) has said he's not going to compete. The PPP is in disarray with Benazir's assassination. He (President Pervez Musharraf) could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election."
And then it hit me:
Sen. Clinton really didn't know that the upcoming elections were for individual seats in Pakistan's parliament. She actually believed that Bhutto, Nawaz and Musharraf would be facing off as individual candidates for leadership of the country in the upcoming elections.
Sen. Clinton didn't know that Nawaz Sharif isn't allowed to run for office in Pakistan because of a felony conviction. She didn't know that President Musharraf won't be on the ballot because he's already been elected.
Sen. Clinton, a candidate for the leadership of the free world, apparently doesn't know the first thing about the country referred to by some as "the most dangerous place on earth."
Thomas Houlahan is the director of the Military Assessment Program at the Center for Security and Science.
She’s not credible on anything.
But she’s the smartest woman in the world! Do the democrats have any grown-ups in their party anymore?
Hillary Clinton and the word credible in the same sentence?
Who do the dems want in power in Pakistan?
Very interesting ..... and it will be even more interesting to watch and listen to how she ( her staff) and the media answer this!
Hillary’s Pakistan adviser is Huma
But really no Democrat knows or cares about Muslim terrorism and foreign policy. All they care about is socialist schemes and S-Chip and government give aways to keep people voting Democrat
Are you trying to tell me that Hillary Clinton doesn’t know what the F*@K she is talking about?
And it's all BS, like her spouse's supposed foreign policy expertise.
The average voter is totally gripless about American politics, much less those overseas, so Her Thighness will get a pass on that like she gets a pass on everything else.
I doubt they will have to. No one will question her on it, and probably none of the GOP candidates will catch it.
About as credible as she is on anything else which is to say not at all.
None of her opponents will say anything - why do you think she took all those FBI files in the first place?
Never, ever use “credible” in the same sentence with either Clinton.
Well shucks! Hillary is just as credible on Pakistan as she is on every other issue. IOW, she’s not.
I couldn’t get past that headline. That she is this close to running this country, this planet, is frightening as it is hilarious. An incompetent woman running on a platform that basically consists of “My husband screws around on me, so I deserve to be president as a consolation prize, since you men have been messing around on us women all along.”
“None of her opponents will say anything - why do you think she took all those FBI files in the first place?”
Isn’t there anybody who can do anything about that?
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