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PostSubject: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:29 pm

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Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people.

Four days after assuming the presidency, he was consulted by US commanders before they launched the two attacks. Although Obama has abandoned many of the "war on terror" policies of George Bush while he was president, he is not retreating from the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.

The US believes they are hiding in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, and made 30 strikes last year in which more than 200 people were killed. In the election, Obama hinted at increased operations in Pakistan, saying he thought Bush had made a mistake in switching to Iraq before completing the job against al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The US marine corp commander said yesterday that his 22,000 troops should be redeployed from Iraq to Afghanistan. Gen James Conway said "the time is right" to leave Iraq now the war had become largely nation-building rather than the pitched fighting in which the corps excelled; he wanted the marines in Afghanistan, especially in the south where insurgents, and the Taliban and al-Qaida, benefit from both a nearby safe haven in Pakistan and a booming trade in narcotics.

Obama has warned that he is prepared to bomb inside Pakistan if he gets relevant intelligence about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. He had also said he would act against militants along the border if the Pakistan government failed to.

The US missiles were fired by unmanned Predator drones, which hang in the sky gathering intelligence through surveillance and, when commanded and directed by remote control, to launch attacks.

The strikes will help Obama portray himself as a leader who, though ready to shift the balance of American power towards diplomacy, is not afraid of military action.

The first attack yesterday was on the village of Zharki, in Waziristan; three missiles destroyed two houses and killed 10 people. One villager told Reuters of phonethat of nine bodies pulled from the rubble of one house, six were its owner and his relatives; Reuters added that intelligence officials said some foreign militants were also killed. A second attack hours later also in Warizistan killed eight people.

The Pakistan government publicly expressed hope that the arrival of Obama would see a halt to such strikes, which stir up hostility from Pakistanis towards the government; in private, the government may be more relaxed about such attacks.

There is a lot of nervousness in the new administration about the fragility of Pakistan, particularly as it has nuclear weapons, but it also sees Afghanistan and Pakistan as being linked. In the face of a Taliban resurgence, there is despair in Washington over the leadership of the Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, and there will not be much disappointment if he is replaced in elections later this year.

But Washington insists on seeing as one of its biggest problems the ability of the Taliban and al-Qaida to maintain havens in Pakistan. Obama on Thursday announced he was making veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke a special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, spoke by phone to the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:12 pm

I think the final count was 22. 8 were militants, which means Obama is off to an impressive terroristic start, killing fourteen innocent people. Four of the innocents were children too, no? There goes the "America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity" bit.

Sooo... anyone inspired to hope for change?

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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:04 am

Black_Cross wrote:
I think the final count was 22. 8 were militants, which means Obama is off to an impressive terroristic start, killing fourteen innocent people. Four of the innocents were children too, no? There goes the "America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity" bit.

Sooo... anyone inspired to hope for change?
Yeah, it was 4 children. last I remember. I believe that three of them were dangerous Islamic militants and members of Al Quaeda, who HATED AMERICA!!!!! It is time for a new age of responsibility, and they were not being responsible!
And Obama spent a lot of Change on his Inauguration Party, and is currently recharging his Change-o-meter.

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But now I'm here, I don't wish to leave

Trapped in time
A mirage of hope and change
A swirling mass, no mercy now
If the truth hurts prepare for pain

-Anathema, predicting the Obama administration since 1996.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:21 am

And i was so fooled to think that he'd ease his way into international terrorism... I wonder what the record is for shortest amount of time in office before being impeachable. Obama must've come close.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:42 pm

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And i was so fooled to think that he'd ease his way into international terrorism... I wonder what the record is for shortest amount of time in office before being impeachable. Obama must've come close.
I believe that it's by inaugration, an honor shared by every president.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:57 pm

I also thought Mr. Obamba would ease on the war on terrorism, but seemingly he will just switch countries.

The job seems pretty much done in iraq unless people either change the government or achieve to press this one into not letting the US burgeoisie in.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:34 am

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I also thought Mr. Obamba would ease on the war on terrorism
Wait, you did? I thought that you were supporting McCain.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:57 am

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Zealot_Kommunizma wrote:
I also thought Mr. Obamba would ease on the war on terrorism
Wait, you did? I thought that you were supporting McCain.

I don't think "easing" the war on terrorism is a good thing, that's why.
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PostSubject: Re: Obama Changes the lifespan of Pakistani civilians   Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:31 pm

Zealot_Kommunizma wrote:
Stos wrote:
Zealot_Kommunizma wrote:
I also thought Mr. Obamba would ease on the war on terrorism
Wait, you did? I thought that you were supporting McCain.

I don't think "easing" the war on terrorism is a good thing, that's why.
Schadenfreude?
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