2008 And the Bhutto Assassination Means… ?
posted by December 27 at 13:00 PMon
The initial chatter on the political blogs was that it helps Clinton make her argument that this is a dangerous world in need of steady, experienced leadership. But Obama adviser David Axelrod sees it differently. To him, the Bhutto assassination means an opportunity to remind voters of Clinton’s Iraq vote.
REPORTER: But looking ahead, does the assassination put on the front burner foreign policy credentials in the closing days?
AXELROD: Well, it puts on the table foreign policy judgment, and that’s a discussion we welcome. Barack Obama had the judgment to oppose the war in Iraq, and he warned at the time it would divert us from Afghanistan and Al Qaeda, and now we see the effect of that. Al Qaeda’s resurgent, they’re a powerful force now in Pakistan, they may have been involved — we’ve been here [at an Obama rally], so I don’t know whether the news has been updated, but there’s a suspicion they may have been involved in this. I think his judgment was good. Sen. Clinton made a different judgment, so let’s have that discussion.
The Clinton campaign is not pleased:
This is a time to be focused on the tragedy of the situation, its implications for the U.S. and the world, and to be concerned for the people of Pakistan and the country’s stability. No one should be politicizing this situation with baseless allegations.