Answer without waffling
Gregory Scoblete is right. The toughest foreign policy question that Americans should ask of their presidential candidates is—what’s your strategy on Pakistan?
While the 2008 presidential candidates are busy fielding questions about how they would confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions, few seem interested in addressing a much more pressing issue: Pakistan.
It’s understandable, of course. Pakistan is an infinitely more difficult challenge for a would-be president to tackle. Unlike Iran – which can be “bombed,” “contained,” “deterred,” or “ignored” – Pakistan does not lend itself to sound bite solutions. It’s much easier for candidates to simply ignore our ostensible ally and hope to pass through the campaign without being called on it. But events will almost certainly conspire to deny us the luxury of living in denial for very long.
The truth is Pakistan represents a far greater danger to the U.S. than Iran, at least for the foreseeable future…
The tough questions that surround our Pakistan policy don’t get any easier if we ignore them. The people who are vying to lead our country owe us their answers. [TCS Daily]