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Obama: 'We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan' (Woodward Excerpt)
WaPo ^ | 9/29/2010 | Bob Woodward

Posted on 09/29/2010 12:10:57 PM PDT by mojito

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series of urgent, secret meetings on May 19, 2010.

Less than three weeks earlier, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen born in Pakistan had tried to blow up an SUV in New York City's Times Square. The crude bomb - which a Pakistan-based terrorist group had taught him to make - smoked but did not explode. Only luck had prevented a catastrophe.

"We're living on borrowed time," Jones told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at their meeting in Islamabad. "We consider the Times Square attempt a successful plot because neither the American nor the Pakistani intelligence agencies could intercept or stop it."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bobwoodward; obamaforeignpolicy; obamaswars; pakistan; taliban; waronterror
Interesting. After reading this, I can see how the WH was generally pleased with Woodward's book: it makes Obama seem a good deal more competant than he is. Jones and Panetta come across as very capable too.

Is this an accurate reflection on how the war is being conducted, or is it a puff piece? I'd say there is a good deal of contradictory evidence that Woodward just does not account for. It sounds like playing nice was the price of access.

1 posted on 09/29/2010 12:11:02 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

I’m more concerned about the cancer in the White House.


2 posted on 09/29/2010 12:12:28 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: mojito

I’m more concerned about the cancer in the White House.


3 posted on 09/29/2010 12:12:28 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: mojito

August 2, 2007 Timesonline.uk

Obama willing to invade Pakistan in al-Qaeda hunt

Barack Obama, a leading Democrat candidate in the US presidential race, provoked anger yesterday by threatening to send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists — even without permission from that country’s Government.

Standing in front of a Stars and Stripes flag, Mr Obama said: “There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again . . . If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

The speech to the Woodrow Wilson Centre was designed to shore up his credentials as a potential commander-in-chief by backing a pre-emptive military action that even President Bush has so far refused to order.


4 posted on 09/29/2010 12:13:44 PM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: mojito

Or, as Obama says in his perfect Arabic dialect, Paak-ee-ston


5 posted on 09/29/2010 12:19:20 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: mojito
"We consider the Times Square attempt a successful plot because neither the American nor the Pakistani intelligence agencies could intercept or stop it."

THE SYSTEM WORKED, that's was Napolitano claimed wasn't it?

6 posted on 09/29/2010 12:19:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Pocky Stand.


7 posted on 09/29/2010 12:20:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: mojito
I do not trust Woodward..I saw some clips of his interview of Obama and he was kissing his rear all through what I saw..I would not buy his book..I did however buy “Roots of Obama’s Rage” by Dinesh D’Souza..It seems to be the real life of Obama..
8 posted on 09/29/2010 12:23:55 PM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: mojito

When he was campaigning he said he would INVADE pokystan.


9 posted on 09/29/2010 12:30:49 PM PDT by red-dawg (We have learned to stop terrorism on planes by ourselves, it's time to do that in D.C.)
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To: mojito
"We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan"

Wow, all the leftist DemoRats have moved to Pakistan? Where have I been?

10 posted on 09/29/2010 12:38:45 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: mojito

Did he pronounce it “Pock-Key-Stahn?”


11 posted on 09/29/2010 12:52:35 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: mojito

Not the first time that Oblahblah is struggling with the fact that telling people what to do is not the same as his convincing them.


12 posted on 09/29/2010 1:00:25 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: beethovenfan
I’m more concerned about the cancer in the White House.

You beat me to that answer!

13 posted on 09/29/2010 1:15:31 PM PDT by blondee123 (Illinois ELECT Adam Kinzinger - http://www.electadam.com/( rid US of marxism!))
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To: mojito
the cancer is in Pakistan

And like any cancer it should be treated with high doses of radiation.

14 posted on 09/29/2010 1:45:16 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Palin Haley O'Donnell - mmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm)
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To: mojito

If Obama invaded Pakistan, who would he go after, exactly? And why would any sane person want to invade a nuclear power?


15 posted on 09/29/2010 2:35:37 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: mojito

So what happenes when we destabilize an already precarious Paki,*ahem* Phakeesthan? More blood, more war and farther away from the main financiers of terrorism Wahabi money via *all bow to the ling please* House of Fudd. Sly demons over there and too many presidents have bought into the Saudi indescretions and outright murderous regimes. Pakistan is just held up by Saudi money, kill the financiers, blow Mecca( never happen) and the hornets scatter.


16 posted on 10/02/2010 9:03:59 AM PDT by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: Karliner

You got that right. Terrorism will be stopped when the source, (Riyadh), is put out of business.


17 posted on 10/02/2010 9:33:22 AM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: Judges Gone Wild

I don’t understand why we don’t do it. Cut off their money or outright slam them, take their oil, better yet, give half to Israel, and I swear people will just shut up. Oh there will be uprisings but you cut the money and freeze the assets at the source it all dries up and they go back to being pissed off indisrciminate goat fornicating nomads. The hatred vs Israel is SO strong however they WANT to keep the Muzzies in power even if it’s shooting us( the US and etc) in more than just a foot.


18 posted on 10/02/2010 11:46:41 AM PDT by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: Karliner

We don’t do it because both parties are on the take from the oil companies and the Saudis.


19 posted on 10/03/2010 9:12:15 AM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who are these uncircumcised to oppose the armies of the Living God?)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

Zero said he wanted to invade Pakistan, if memory serves poorly. :’) Thanks mojito.


20 posted on 10/04/2010 7:59:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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