McCain Twists Obama's Words on Pakistan

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McCain Twists Obama's Words on Pakistan

So....let me see if I have this right....President Bush and John McCain are attacking Barack Obama for doing what Bush just did?  And twisting Obama's words along the way?


In his victory speech Tuesday night, McCain borrowed a line from Bush to describe Obama as "an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan."


That's the same charge made by Bush in a Feb. 10 interview on Fox in which he said of Obama: "The only foreign policy thing I remember he said was he's going to attack Pakistan and embrace Ahmadinejad."


But here is what Obama actually said in a speech last August promising to aggressively pursue al-Qaeda forces holed up in western Pakistan: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will."


That's quite a bit different from what Bush and McCain accuse him of saying.


Plus, consider this: The Washington Post reported this week that the Bush administration sent a drone to kill a much sought-after terrorist inside Pakistan's borders without asking Pakistan for permission. So McCain and Bush are attacking Obama for saying he'd do exactly what Bush just did. 


And so far the press isn't calling them on it.