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October 02, 2007

Edwards sides with Obama on Pakistan military strikes

AP reports that presidential candidate John Edwards, speaking before an audience at Pace University, said that he would invade Pakistan to eradicate terror cells if it were "necessary."  These comments come on the heels of Barack Obama's recent mini-scandal after he announced the exact same policy and was labeled as "inexperienced" by the media. Edwards seems to have been unaffected by the widespread criticism of Obama's interventionalist stance, and in fact, reiterates the position almost exactly:

I want to be clear about one thing: If we have actionable intelligence about imminent terrorist activity and the Pakistani government refuses to act, we will.

While AP says that Edwards' "act" would likely be a military strike or some kind of invasion, the candidate said that other methods should be used to persuade governments not to harbor terrorist cells.

We ought to use our tremendous tools - diplomacy, arm sales, trade, foreign aid - to get states to shut down terror cells.



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