How low can the Obama campaign go? Apparently very low:
Bhutto’s death will “call into issue the judgment: who’s made the right judgments,” [Obama campaign manager David] Axelrod said. “Obviously, one of the reasons that Pakistan is in the distress that it’s in is because al-Qaeda is resurgent, has become more powerful within that country and that’s a consequence of us taking the eye off the ball and making the wrong judgment in going into Iraq. That’s a serious difference between these candidates and I’m sure that people will take that into consideration.” . . . “She was a strong supporter of the war in Iraq, which we would submit, was one of the reasons why we were diverted from Afghanistan, Pakistan and al-Qaeda, who may have been players in this event today, so that’s a judgment she’ll have to defend,” Axelrod said
This is seriously just sick and sad. Do you remember when Barack Obama claimed he was going to clean up politics. I have a hard time remembering considering the mud that Obama has been slinging at Edwards and Clinton. But even aside from Obama’s “holier than thou” attitude how disgraceful is that you’re trying to explicitly pin this tragedy on one of your political opponents. 154 people died today. Innocent women and children, along with an advocate for democracy.
Even if Obama is right, the absolute lack of tact that Axelrod used to make his comments, takes the focus away from the issue, Pakistan and Iraq, and focuses it on the Obama’s campaign’s insensitive remarks as well as the horse race of the campaign. Very sad.
By the way, I think it’s worth noting that Axelrod is WRONG anyways. The Bush adminstration has invested heavily in the Musharraf adminstration and their ability to fight terrorism. You can dispute with whether that move has worked or not but the BILLIONS of dollars in aid we’ve given Pakistan to fight terrorism shows that we have been focusing on fighting terrorism in Pakistan. Unless you’re advocating invading Pakistan, a vote for Iraq did not tradeoff with fighting terrorism in Pakistan. Once again, maybe we could’ve done more in Pakistan, no doubt, maybe there were issues with invading Iraq, but we could’ve done both.
And lastly, assuming Obama is right about Pakistan/Iraq, I think its fair to ask what steps did Obama take in the Senate to shift the focus from Iraq to Pakistan. He’s had 2 years in the Senate to introduce bills on Pakistan, to refuse to vote for Iraq funding, and/or take steps to get our eye “on the ball”.
It’s one thing to talk about how good your judgement is but it’s a whole other thing to demonstrate your judgment, especially when you’re critizing others.
Clinton and her supporters have defended her judgment on Iraq and other foreign policy issues. What has Obama done to PROVE he has judgment when it counts?