Friday, December 28, 2007

Fred Thompson on the Assination of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (UPDATE)

Here is more on Fred's comments.


December 27, 2007
Posted: 01:57 PM ET
Watch Obama react to Bhutto's death
Watch Thompson react to Bhutto's death.

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has weighed in on the death of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

“This is a war that we’re engaged in. It’s an international conflict,” said Thompson. “It’s a global conflict. Al Qaeda wants to bring Western civilization to its knees.”

Thompson also told reporters Thursday that he thinks “terrorism has never left the agenda” of the 2008 presidential race. “This is no time for on-the-job training,” added the former Tennessee senator, emphasizing the need for experience – a recurring theme in both the GOP and Democratic primary race. [source]

(UPDATE) From CBS News' John Bentley:

DES MOINES, IOWA -- Fred Thompson talked to CBS News about the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

"I had a chance to visit Pakistan a few years ago and I talked to Musharraf and other leaders there and I followed it closely ever since. It is an important part of the world," Thompson said.

Obviously there is a personal tragedy. There is a a national security interest as far as we are concerned. There is a stability question as far as Pakistan is concerned," he continued.

"It's a very touchy situtaion. I said earlier this morning that it looked to me that without question it was an Al-Qaeda backed operation. I notice in the last little while they have taken credit for it now."

"I think the fact that a secular woman had a chance of ascending to power in Pakistan again as prime minister probably drove the more looney of them to do something like that -- that in of itself. Plus the fact that this reminds us that this is part of a much greater picture - this is a war that we are engaged in and it is an international conflict...Pakistan and other parts of the world are part of this and they are under attack." [source]

Check out the links to the articles and read the comments. Not all of them are for Fred, but there are quite a few for Fred and they say that we need someone with experience and like me, they believe Fred does have that experience. Ya know what, since my first posting on Fred's comment took ya to a link at Fred's site, I will be fair and balanced and give links to other candidates comments about the assassination. You read, you decide.

Mike Huckabee

John McCain

Rudy Giuliani

Mitt Romney

Hillary Clinton

John Edwards

I couldn't find anything from Barack Obama's site. While I would hate to think that the death of a former leader such as Mrs. Bhutto should be the end all be all, it is something you need to think about and that is why I have provided the links to all the candidates comments. Who has the best foreign policy experience and who "stayed at a Holiday Inn Express."

Get the transcript here.

1 comment:

destilando cafe said...

Unfortunately, Huckabee's comments about builidng a wall for keeping out Pakistani illegal aliens were nonsense. If there really are 660 illegal Pakistanis (out of the 12 million total, 56% of which are Mexicans), they came through JFK airport in New York and overstayed their visas. Looks like Mike is the Republican Jimmy Carter--nice, sincere, religious guy, but going to get run over in the foreign policy department.