Obama v. McCain on Pakistani Sovereignity

Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) at MSNBC Presidential Debate at August 7, 2007:

“It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Wisconsin Republican Presidential Primary victory speech, February 19, 2008:

Will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan?

Sen. John McCain on CNN Larry King Live, July 28, 2008:

King: “If you were president and knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan, you know where, would you have U.S. forces go in after him?”

McCain: “Larry, I’m not going to go there and here’s why: because Pakistan is a sovereign nation.”

More after the jump.
Remarks by President Barack Obama, May 1, 2011:

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body….

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was.  That is what we’ve done.  

Remarks by Senator John McCain, May 2, 2011:

“I am overjoyed that we finally got the world’s top terrorist. The world is a better and more just place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it. I hope the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks will sleep easier tonight and every night hence knowing that justice has been done. I commend the president and his team, as well as our men and women in uniform and our intelligence professionals, for this superb achievement.”


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