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Posted on 04/22/2009 11:27:31 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Kerry: Administration lacks 'real strategy' for handling Pakistan Kerry says no Adequate Plan for Pakistan By DENNIS DILANIAN
April 22, 2009
WASHINGTON Just back from a visit to Pakistan, Sen. John Kerry says the Obama administration's plan for that volatile country, rolled out last month with great fanfare, "is not a real strategy."
"Pakistan is in a moment of peril," Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a session with USA TODAY reporters and editors. "And I believe there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it."
In an interview after the session, Kerry advised the Obama administration to stop using the term "Af-Pak," to describe a unified strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, because "I think it does a disservice to both countries and to the policy. The two governments, he said, are "very sensitive to it" and "don't see the linkage."
Kerry's spokesman, Frederick Jones, said that the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan are scheduled to embark on a rare joint visit to the U.S. for meetings in May, and Kerry plans to host them for lunch May 7.
Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said the United States must have a unified strategy for both countries, which share a mountainous border region that is a hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaeda activity.
Kerry's comments amounted to one of the sharpest appraisals by a Democrat of one of Obama's signature foreign policies. They marked a change from his initial reaction to Obama's announcement of his plan for the region in a speech March 27, when Kerry issued a statement calling it "realistic and bold."
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‘Puff, The Magic Senator” with his European Litmus Test and newspaper bailouts.
We all know how well this will work.
Someone is looking towards 2012.
Well, OK ... but they have a really dandy strategy for Paahkeestaaahn.
I don’t think Obama has figured out that Pokeeston is not the name of the country yet.
I am quite sure that Kerry’s plan involves billions of our dollars.
Barry! Hey Barry!...
How long before Kerry retracts this statement? An hour, a day?
Vietnam?...no he was in Cambodia. It’s “seared”...(snicker)
where’s that left eye going?
Sen. John Kerry says the Obama administration’s plan for that volatile country, rolled out last month with great fanfare, “is not a real strategy.”
Hey John boy!....What are you looking to do?....End up in the Potomac with cement shoes?
Kerry is ratting him out for not having a Pakistan Plan... sniffing for 2012?
And, Napitalano kicked Canada to the curb.
And, Kellermann has allegedly kicked his own bucket...
Can we remove the word Pakistan and replace it with anything?
Ain’t never gonna happen...
Appraisals? Shouldn't the word be ATTACKS! Frikin' MSM!
Have no fear! Jean Kerri will fix it.
0’s fault he led the charge to get Musharraf out
Won’t be long before the crazies have the nukes
But does Kerry know that?
The fundamental and most critical issue is ending the heroin trade. Nothing else even comes close. We have to take the eradication program over from the Afghanis, they are too incompetant and corrupt. Karzai needs to be marginalized, period.
Pakistan has broken up into the following fiefdoms: Army, ISI, Punjabi government run by Taseer, Sharif/Chaudry and the lawyers, and the Zardar/Bhutto feudal ruling class of Punjab and Sindh that controls the agriculture and banking.
Eventually the central government will become so weak that Balochistan will openly revolt and the Taliban will attack freely all over Pakistan. I give elected government one year at the most, partition creating a Taliban led Pahktunistan after that.
He is wrong, it is the Afpak theater because of a common enemy and tactical environment.
What are you doing, Jon Cary? You can’t say that!! You numbskull! Don’t you know who is president??
(Stop me if you've heard this before)
Whats really ironic is that if Kerry says you don't know what you're doing, you must be reel stoopid or something.
He is a Brahman too , and Yes, knows the sting a rice kernel makes.
Sen. ReddyForDoody proves that if you never stray from criticizing your country eventually you’ll be right.
Wow, just how incompetent does a Democrat have to be to be criticized by John Fraud Kerry.
Kerry is siding with the rats in congress who are against dear leader’s “escalation” in Afghanistan.
Something tells me that Barry's Internal Polling numbers are tanking hard.
I think the manufactured pep rally at CIA HQ is very telling...
Now John "F'ing" Kerry takes a swipe (which could foretell a primary challenge in 2012)...
Maybe, maybe not. But I think more and more Dems are realizing Obama won’t be viable in 2012.
I think Kerry lacks a real strategy to stop talking.
But John Kerry has a plan...he always has a plan.
(And he served in Vietnam)
LOL! I have wondered how soon it would take for the dems watch some snot nose, wet behind the ear Senator with NO experience steal their thunder.
Reminds you of Carter and the Shah. An episode we've come to regret.
IMHO ideology often has to take a back seat to reality when dealing in foreign affairs.
The Taliban w/ nukes is going to be our most serious problem by far.
And we have a house full of idiots running the country.