Obama Rules Out US Troops in Pakistan

Article Date: 
29 Mar 2009

"As he carries out a retooled strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he will consult with Pakistan's leaders before pursuing terrorist hideouts in that country.

Obama said U.S. ally Pakistan needs to be more accountable, but ruled out deploying U.S. troops there. ''Our plan does not change the recognition of Pakistan as a sovereign government,'' the president told CBS' ''Face the Nation'' in an interview broadcast Sunday.

The president also bemoaned the tenuous security situation in Afghanistan, saying, ''Unless we get a handle on it now, we're gonna be in trouble.'' He made clear that his new strategy for the long war is ''not going to be an open-ended commitment of infinite resources'' from the United States."

Presumably people in Pakistan can take solace from being killed by unmanned U.S. drones from a base located in Pakistan and the continuing state of limited self-determinationl...when will Pakistan, India, China, Bangladesh, Ghana, Botswana, etc. be in a position to demand 'accountability' from the U.S. government?

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