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Candidate Reaction: Bombing in Islamabad

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain issued statements on the terrorist attack in Pakistan today, in which, our colleague Pamela Constable reports, "a massive explosion ripped through a luxury hotel in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad ... killing at least 60 people and engulfing the building in flames."

Said Obama: "I strongly condemn the tragic terrorist attack in Pakistan, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

"Today's attack demonstrates the grave and urgent threat that al Qaeda and its affiliates pose to the United States, to Pakistan, and to the security of all nations. As the attack earlier this week on our embassy in Yemen shows, over seven years after 9/11, the terrorist threat knows no borders, and the terrorists threaten innocent civilians of all religions and regions. Now is the time to refocus our efforts on defeating al Qaeda and securing the American people.

"Today's attack also reminds us once again that the Pakistani people have suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists, and are endangered by the violent extremists operating within their borders. We must forge a deep and lasting partnership with Pakistan, and with nations around the world, to root out and destroy al Qaeda and its affiliates. The United States must lead a truly global effort to prevail against al Qaeda and their hate-filled ideology."

Said McCain: "Today's attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad is an outrageous act of violence. Cindy and I express our deepest condolences for the loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers are with those hurt or killed in the attack.

"Today's bombing must serve to deepen the resolve of Americans and Pakistanis alike to aggressively confront those terrorist groups that seek our destruction. While no organization has yet taken responsibility for this act, it is well known that Pakistan faces an enduring threat from violent Islamic extremism. We must work with the elected government of Pakistan to find those responsible, hold them accountable, and diminish their ability to threaten us and our allies in the future. It also serves as one more demonstration of the need for the next President to work closely with our partners and allies in order to counter the dangers posed by radical Islamic extremism."

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 20, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
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It seems like the election cycle changes so fast that important things dont get covered by the media? Like Obama reffering to his "muslim faith"? I dont get how this was treated like a small bump and not a Huge deal. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Or the Sarah Palin affair? http://www.hotpres.com
Y hasnt this gotten coverage. Clintons misdeeds got coverage? Double standard because she is a women??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

LOL, John McCain is funnier, in real life watch funny mccain spoof video clips of McCain himself. Now those are halarious.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 21, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is ready to meet with Bin Laden without preconditions."

Excuse me but that would actually be smart. Then we would actually know where Bin Laden is. Unlike the Old One who only imagines meeting Bin Laden at the gates of hell.

Posted by: John Doug | September 21, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

""I will go to the gates of hell to capture or kill bin Laden"" says John McCain..... ""I know where he is and I know how to get him!"" John McCain adds.

John McCain just will not tell anyone where Osama bin Laden is or how to kill or capture him.

Because he would rather be President of the United States.

Posted by: motiv8ed | September 21, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama is ready to meet with Bin Laden without preconditions.

Posted by: Scooby | September 21, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Some one has expressed their fears about these Taliban getting hold of the nuclear weapons. Believe me, if "Pakistani" Taliban ever get hold of a nuclear weapon, which is like a "fairy tale", specially in presence of the mechanisms implemented by Pakistan and elaborated about several times to people from around the world, specially US, they will hand it over to Afghanistan or India. It might sound weird but its one of the most probable things. I dont know how many of you have ever noticed it but its another fact that "Afghan" Taliban have never shown any affiliation to Pakistani Taliban. People, think about it, what's happening? The people of Pakistan are suffering for none of their sins. The WOT has done less destruction anywhere else but in Pakistan. It is a well known fact among the Pakistani security services that Pakistani Taliban are heavily infiltrated from people outside Pakistan, not from Central Asia as is usually perceived but rather from eastern and western neighbors. Western media has never ever projected this truth rather, true to their penchant for spreading fear regarding Pakistan, its intelligence services and its armed forces have always projected them in the form of Islamic fundamentalist and terrorists trying to take over Pakistan and its strategic assets. Please remember that this religion directs its followers that killing a human is like killing the whole humanity. The directives are so strict that one is not allowed to kill someone even in a war in case he lays arms. Women of enemy are required to be protected as own women and to give them dignity and honour as is given to Muslim women. These "Taliban" are doing no service to Islam or Pakistan. Had these Taliban been Muslims they would have never done any act of terrorism specially killing innocent people. Its very important for westerners to think and act themselves. Listening to what their media is projecting is creating more fear and confusion. Look at both sides of the picture. Be rational. Peace to all.

Posted by: smahmuds | September 21, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

My thoughts are with the hurts and killed.Everyone needs peace.

Posted by: sadness | September 21, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Bombing and Murder in IslamisBad!

Who'ed have thunk that? ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | September 21, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will teach these terrorists a lesson. She will say "Thanks but no thanks."

________________________________________

"I can see thier bombs from my house!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Neither McCain, or the World Labor Party socialist stooge Barry, OR, all the armies in the World, can stop atrocities like this.

When Religious Ideology goes Bad, it is up to the Leaders of the Faith, to correct the faulty Dogma.

Radical Islam abuses Edicts that were proscribed originally against the Schism causing Shia, to justify attacks against Non-Muslims, or even Muslims that a warped Sect feels has gone Apostate.

The problem can only be solved by MECCA!

WHY?

Why, has NOBODY tried to get the Leaders in Mecca, involved-Other than the work the Pope is trying to do in opening dialogue with them?

At least McCain was for removing Saddam, where Barack Obasama proudly admits-HE, was AGAINST!

In a Barry World, Iraq would still be Saddam HUSEIN'S Dictatorship, and the Millions of his Victims, suffering! :-(

Posted by: SAINT-The | September 20, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Cui bono? How do we know this was not another false-flag attack? When one becomes aware of the 9/11 truck bombs, one has doubts.

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/movers-and-shakers/

Posted by: scarecrow11 | September 20, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

How do I know that the bombing was not perpetrated by Israel and The United States, as a pretext to go to war with nuclear armed Pakistan? Muslims may have done it, but where is the proof? False flag terrorism certainly would not violate Zionist principles, and even if it was a Muslim plot, Israel and its American lackeys have done everything possible to provoke Muslim terror.

Posted by: markoller | September 20, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Both responses sound good. But, the Obama response sounded like it was for the press and McCain's sounded more real, like it was his true ideology in what he really believes.

Posted by: 1rap | September 20, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Bush’s decisions, disastrous as some of them have been, have made him feared by the Taliban. It is an unfortunate fact that women are not respected in their society.
If Sarah Palin became president we would be perceived by our terrorist enemies to be a weaker foe, making our mission in Afghanistan much more difficult.
If Hillary Clinton were president the situation would be no different.

Posted by: seems to me | September 20, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Notice that McCain finishes his statement with a thinly veiled reference to the election. A statement that isnt so blatantly self-serving in the wake of such a tragedy would have been refreshing to see. anything to gain a few points with the voters even if it's in poor taste apparently.

Posted by: CR | September 20, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will teach these terrorists a lesson. She will say "Thanks but no thanks."

Posted by: :-) | September 20, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Terrorism is a global problem. Focusing on Pakistan alone would be a grave error.

The United States will never, alone, root out and destroy terrorist. It will require a concerted effort by the international world community. Each country must do their part in disrupting these networks that are, themselves, loosely connected.

I believe that Obama/Biden are best qualified in forging those international alliances that will hold each nation accountable to doing their part. I believe that McCain/Palin will continute the lone wolf "Bush Doctrine" which has yet to produce the infamous Osama Bin Laden, who now is insignificant, by Bush's own words.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | September 20, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

A cool head and logical thinking is the style of leaders like Dwight Eisenhower and Colin Powell, both generals who have actually won wars.
McCain’s heroism and sacrifice are beyond dispute but so are his short temper and impulsive behavior.
While a short temper and impatience is a disadvantage in a general, it is a fatal flaw in a president who must make life and death decisions affecting millions.

Posted by: seems to me | September 20, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully we can look forward to Obama in the White House. He has already begun to form alliances with other countries and Biden is a tremendous asset in this area.

Posted by: VLR | September 20, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

When musharraf resigned the Taliban became more of a problem. In order to control the situation we started killing Taliban inside the Pakistani border on a regular basis. The coalition that controls Pakistan could not or would not protect the hotel. Possibly they ignored the attackers plans because of the increasing anti American sentiment created by our incursions into their country.
The danger in Pakistan is from the Taliban, not Al Qaeda. If they aquire some of the nuclear arsenal we will be forced to make immediate strikes against them in Pakistan. They would use them against Afghanistan or India.

Posted by: seems to me | September 20, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Some people just don't get it. Obama-Biden will bring neither peace nor prospertiy, but more war and recession, or even depression.

Remember it was Obama who, months ago, called for withdrawing all troops from Iraq expeditiously and invading Pakistan (our ally in the war on terror)! Asenine and ill-informed to say the least. I've been to Pakistan. They know best how to confront the threats within their own borders. McCain said it well, "We must work with the elected government of Pakistan to find those responsible, hold them accountable, and diminish their ability to threaten us and our allies in the future." Enough of the knee-jerks sound-bite responses from al-Barack Hussein Obama.

Remember also is was Obama who got it totally wrong on the Russia-Georgia conflict. Need I say more?

"You can put a shirt and tie on a jack ass, but it's still a jack ass."

Posted by: The Ambassador | September 20, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It is time for Sen. Obama to wake up from his campaign dreams of nonviolent world and world-wide cumbaya of friendship and peace. I am not sure that Sen. Obama realizes that he is running for the job of the President of the United States of America and its Commander-in-Chief not the Chief Negotiator for the UN. His statement reveals real lack of understanding of what has been going on in the world for last seven years. “Today’s attack demonstrates the grave and urgent threat that al Qaeda and its affiliates pose to the United States, to Pakistan, and to the security of all nations.” Yes, and …? “Now is the time to refocus our efforts on defeating al Qaeda and securing the American people.” O really! I thought that was the chief goal of the American foreign policy since the 9/11. What should we do? “We must forge a deep and lasting partnership with Pakistan, and with nations around the world, to root out and destroy al Qaeda and its affiliates. The United States must lead a truly global effort to prevail against al Qaeda and their hate-filled ideology.” I think that Sen. Obama should call President Bush, Secretary of State Rice and ask them what they have been doing for last seven years. I thought that was the chief goal of the American foreign policy since the 9/11, mainly to “forge a deep and lasting partnership with Pakistan, and with nations around the world, to root out and destroy al Qaeda and its affiliates.” I mean calling Sen. Obama Johny come lately would be overstatement. Sen. Obama should fire his 300 foreign policy advisers and just call Sen. McCain directly and asks him for his advice from now on.

Posted by: Wiel | September 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

No worries kids! Palin and the lipstick moose patrol will keep us safe.

Posted by: Palin will keep us safe | September 20, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

If the biggest threats to Western Civilization are Islamic Extremism and Nuclear Proliferation, then we had better wise up *soon*, partner with Russia, and address those challenges vigorously so that we have two relatively small threats to deal with.

McCain's ill-advised, wikipedia-inspired cut-and-paste antagonistic policy towards Russia is only going to result in more arms sales, higher energy prices and increasing problems with national security.

Obama/Biden '08 for peace and prosperity. (And health care, education and energy independence.)

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 20, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

In times like these, who ever wins the White House, I just hope they will be strong in protecting us against terrorists.

Peace with honor! Our thoughts are with those who hurt or killed in the attack!

Posted by: Make us safe! | September 20, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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