Obama seems to be all over the map but this talking out of all sides of the mouth is typical of politicians. One moment he appeals to the anti-war movement, next to the Israeli lobby, and now to the hawks. I guess it must work. Oprah Winfrey is helping him fundraise and he has raised the most funds of any candidate. If I were an American I would be very angry and frustrated with the political situation. Candidates such as Kucinich seem to get nowhere while the likes of Obama and Clinton are at the top of the Democratic polls.
Obama warns over Pakistan strike
US presidential candidate Barack Obama has said he would order military action against al-Qaeda in Pakistan without the consent of Pakistan's government.
Mr Obama made the comments in a speech outlining his foreign policy positions.
Pakistan's foreign ministry said any threat to act against al-Qaeda from within its territory should not be used for political point scoring.
Earlier this month, Mr Obama's chief rival, Hillary Clinton, described him as "naive" on foreign policy.
The attack from Mrs Clinton came after a televised debate between Democrat presidential hopefuls.
During the debate Mr Obama said he would be willing to meet leaders of states such as Cuba, North Korea and Iran without conditions.
In his speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, Mr Obama said General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, must do more to end terrorist operations in his country.
If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will
If not, Pakistan would risk a troop invasion and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid during an Obama presidency, the candidate said.
"It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005," he said, referring to reports that the US had decided not to launch a strike for fear of harming ties with Pakistan.
"If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will," Mr Obama said.
The BBC's Jonathan Beale, in Washington, says such comments are clearly designed to bolster his credentials among a domestic audience.
But a spokeswoman for Pakistan's foreign ministry, Tasnim Aslam, told the AFP news agency that talk of military action was a serious matter and political candidates and commentators should "show responsibility".
White House spokesman Tony Snow defended Pakistan's leadership, saying it was working hard to fight al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters within its borders.
Gen Musharraf has been a key US ally in its so-called "war on terror" since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.
But US officials have publicly said recently that they believe Pakistan has let al-Qaeda and Taleban militants reorganise themselves in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
Mr Obama also used his foreign policy speech to criticise the Bush administration's focus on al-Qaeda in Iraq, saying US President George W Bush was "confusing" the mission.
He said Americans were more vulnerable to terrorist attacks than before the 9/11 attacks because of a war in Iraq "that should never have been authorised and should never have been waged".
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