Not only does this illustrate the folly of cultivating Musharraf and his friends in the army and security service as a bulwark against terrorism, it makes hash of the idea that we should ask the Pakistani government’s permission before going after al-Qaeda leaders now holed up in the tribal regions of Pakistan. Asking Pakistan — even if there were a snowball’s chance of the answer being”yes” — means asking the ISI, and thus warning the targets.
This is clearly the case where it’s going to be easier to get forgiveness than permission.
The contrast between McCain and Obama couldn’t be stronger. McCain wants to make Pakistan a safe haven for the organizers of the largest mass murder in American history. Though he said he’d pursue bin Laden “to the gates of Hell,” apparently that’s true only if those gates aren’t on Pakistani soil. Obama wants to bring the murderers to justice.
Obama should be happy to have that debate.
Footnote I see Glenn Reynolds is also unsurprised. I wonder what he thinks of his candidate’s rather limp position on the issue? But I also note that Glenn has faith that McCain won’t support the “contraception-is-abortion” regs now being drafted by BushCo, though McCain can’t work up the nerve to reject them. Wishful thinking is a powerful thing.