The Barack Obama campaign has appeared vacuous to many of its critics. There wasn't anything vacuous about his intervention yesterday. In a speech on terrorism the Illinois Senator and Democratic hopeful advocated US action in Pakistan if the embattled Musharraf fails to act:
"I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. 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."
Fellow Democrat Chris Dodd wasted no time to attack Senator Obama:
"Frankly, I am not sure what Barack is calling for in his speech this morning. But it is dangerous and irresponsible to leave even the impression the United States would needlessly and publicly provoke a nuclear power."
John Podhoretz thinks he has found a big contradiction in the Obama positioning:
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to be: Make nice with nightmarishly bad regimes that have effectively or rhetorically declared war on the United States (North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba) but invade an erstwhile, problematic ally (Pakistan)."