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Monday, August 6, 2007

Actionable Intelligence

posted by on August 6 at 15:06 PM

Yesterday Mitt Romney attacked Barack Obama for saying that he would attack al-Qaida in Pakistan with or without Pakistan’s permission.

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is one of the Republican front-runners, said U.S. troops “shouldn’t be sent all over the world.” He called Obama’s comments “ill-timed” and “ill-considered.”

Today George W. Bush said

President George Bush insisted today the US would take out Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders believed to be hiding in Pakistan if he had “actionable intelligence.” He refused to say whether he would seek permission first from Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf.

I don’t know who comes off looking the worst here—Obama, Romney, or Bush.

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If Bush had just gone after Osama and Al Qaeda and left Iraq alone we would be done already and Bush would be the American hero of all heroes.

So I think Bush looks like an idiot for making this claim NOW.

Romney looks like he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about but that's par for the course.

Barry looks and sounds quite reasoned, I think.

Posted by monkey | August 6, 2007 3:34 PM

My vote for who comes off looking worst would be for the asshole who coined "actionable intelligence."

In his absence, Bush. Always.

Posted by OddlyEnough | August 6, 2007 3:46 PM

romney is grasping at anything he can find to make himself sound smart. fool. the national stage is an ugly place - this is the us of a afterall.

Posted by audrey | August 6, 2007 3:47 PM

@2 Ha! I know... the person who adds the most descriptives wins!!!

...reliably confirmed actionable intelligence...

Posted by infrequent | August 6, 2007 3:56 PM

I thought Barack was trying to not look like a pussy after he said he would unconditionally meet with leaders of hostile countries.

Posted by elswinger | August 6, 2007 4:01 PM

the winnner is........

every single right-wing douchebag who smeared obama as "naive" for making this perfectly sensible statement, but is now notably tight-lipped when bush says the exact same thing [i'm looking at you, michelle malkin].

Posted by brandon | August 6, 2007 4:05 PM

he wants to unconditionally meet with them. with military support.

Posted by infrequent | August 6, 2007 4:05 PM

Bush. And then Romney for being clueless.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 6, 2007 4:38 PM

He refused to say whether he would seek permission first from Pakistanís president, Pervez Musharraf.

We already know -- He passed up an opportunity in 2005.

Posted by Aexia | August 6, 2007 6:51 PM

obama is unelectable. the sequel to his memoir should be called the audacity of triangulation.

Posted by wf | August 6, 2007 9:48 PM

Excerpt from \"Say Yes To War\" by Dan Savage October 2002

\"In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we\'re going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves\"

Posted by ... | August 6, 2007 11:15 PM

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