Palin criticizes Obama on U.S. incursions into Pakistan

Nov 30, -0001
WASHINGTON: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin criticized Democratic White House contender Barack Obama on his foreign policy approach, particularly for suggesting incursions by American troops into Pakistani territory in pursuit of militants. Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada two weeks from November 4 election, Palin, who also has been facing criticism for her lack of international exposure and foreign policy experience, came down hard on Obama for proposing anti-terrorism actions in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Senator Obama has also advocated sending our U.S. military into Pakistan without the approval of the Pakistani government. Invading

the sovereign territory of a troubled partner in the war against terrorism,” the Alaska governor said as she attacked Obama’s foreign policy judgment on a number of international issues.

Obama, for his part, says he has snever called for invading Pakistan but favored taking actions against high value targets if Pakistan is unwilling or unable to do that in the case of actionable intelligence.

Palin also advocated sending the American military into Pakistan from Afghanistan “but not without Pakistan’s approval”also known as cross-border raids. She expressed her support in a conversation with a voter in Philadelphia less than a month ago, “If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should.”

When asked about the comments afterwards in an interview with Katie Couric, both members of the GOP ticket “ Senator John McCain and Palin - blamed “gotcha journalism.” Even though, Couric reminded McCain and Palin that it was not a journalist who asked the question, but a voter.

Both presidential candidates recognize the importance of working with Pakistan and support increasing socio-economic assistance for the key South Asian




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