Democratic White House hopefuls — Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — clashed over his readiness to order military strikes against militants in Pakistan as she said making one’s intentions known is not the way to go about foreign policy, especially for a presidential candidate.
As he faced criticism from Clinton who mocked him as naive on Foreign policy and being irresponsible, Obama defended his controversial remarks and repeated what he said last week: “if we have actionable intelligence on al-Qaeda operatives, including bin Laden, and President Musharraf cannot act, then we should. Now, I think that’s just common sense.” The remarks had triggered an outcry in Pakistan.
But Clinton immediately took Obama to task at the debate hosted by the AFL-CIO federation of trade unions in Chicago saying “telegraphing” on what the US may or may not do in the face of actionable intelligence on targets in Pakistan is not the way to go about foreign policy.
“I don’t believe people running for president should engage in hypotheticals,” she said, while admitting
an attack might be merited on the basis of actionable intelligence.