If you recall in 2004… there was the moment (yiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaahhhh) when Americans looked at Howard Dean a second time…. looked at each other… and decided the man was completely unworthy of being our President. His instability didn’t stop him from being tapped to lead the Democrat Nut-ional Committee, however.
I’ve been waiting for a similar….if less crazed… moment to happen to the inexperienced and time-tested Senator Barack Obama. I think the past two days are Obama’s Dean Moment.
Many have jumped all over Sen. Obama’s suggestion that as Commander-in-Chief he might well cross the border, asked or not, into Pakistan, with beefed-up ground troops, to destroy the purported al-Qaeda sanctuaries. Apart from the notion that it would be as hard to distinguish civilians in a Waziristan from terrorists as it is in Iraq, which the senator has written off, other questions arise. As a US Senator why not now introduce an October 11, 2002-type resolution, authorizing such an invasion? Or why hasn’t he in the past?Obama has criticized Sen. Clinton for her approval of that Iraqi authorization, but the sort of action he is envisioning involves crossing into a nuclear Islamic country, one bullet away from an Islamic republic, and surely should be a question for Congressional approval.
It got from bad to worse today for Obama as he asserted he would never use nuclear weapons.
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons ”in any circumstance.”
”I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance,” Obama said, with a pause, ”involving civilians.” Then he quickly added, ”Let me scratch that. There’s been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That’s not on the table.”
The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf earlier this week that he would use U.S. military force in Pakistan even with Musharraf’s permission if necessary to root out terrorists.
However, when asked by The Associated Press after a Capitol Hill breakfast with constituents whether there was any circumstance where he would be prepared or willing to use nuclear weapons to defeat terrorism and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, Obama replied:
”There’s been no discussion of using nuclear weapons and that’s not a hypothetical that I’m going to discuss.”
Oh boy. There are so many things wrong with a potential Commander In Chief taking the nuclear option off the table that I don’t know where to begin. His backtracking makes him look weaker than his initial statement made him appear stupid.
But how about this: If President Obama sent the US military into a post-Musharraf Pakistan to rout out Al-Qaeda, and Pakistani nukes were used on US troops… then what?
I think we may have seen Obama implode in a “reverse-Barry Goldwater” way. “In your heart, you know Obama is weak.”