November 8th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Biden warns of extremist Pakistan

Biden delivered a speech on Pakistan Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In what his campaign called a major foreign policy address, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Thursday warned of dire consequences should extremists take control in Pakistan, and said the United States must adjust its policy in the region to ensure moderates have more influence.

"Pakistan has strong democratic traditions and a large, moderate majority," the senator from Delaware said in a speech at New Hampshire's Institute of Politics. "But that moderate majority must have a voice in the system and an outlet with elections."

"If not, moderates may find that they have no choice but to make common cause with extremists, just as the Shah’s opponents did in Iran three decades ago," Biden said. "But unlike Iran, Pakistan already has nuclear weapons."

The U.S. policy toward Pakistan has become a hot topic on the campaign trail since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency last weekend, effectively suspending the country's constitution and strengthening executive power.

Musharraf has insisted the declaration was a necessary step in the country's fight against terrorism and will not derail its slow progress toward democracy. But opposition leaders accuse him of moving to shut down the judiciary just as the Supreme Court was set to nullify the parliamentary vote that gave him a third term.

In his speech Thursday, Biden said, "We’ve got to move from a policy concentrated on one man - President Musharraf - to a policy centered on an entire people, the people of Pakistan.

Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and often touts his foreign policy credentials on the campaign trail. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who promotes his record of engaging in international diplomacy, also spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Thursday.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Bill Richardson • Joe Biden
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Kate, Aurora CO

    Today Musharraf announced elections would be held and he would terminate his military service. How much does anyone want to bet somehow this man will "win" the election? Wonder if Bush called Musharraf and told him how to rig an election? Maybe Pakistan will have the same election controversy we faced with paper ballots and such outdated voting methods...watch and see.

    November 8, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. beth,nashua,NH

    BIDEN, I have just a few words for you....We just don't like those words "Extremist"anymore they irritate in our deep our hearts!

    November 8, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Mike, Palo Alto, CA

    Yet again, Joe Biden demonstrates that he is a man of intelligence, vision, and ideas ... qualities we so desperately need in our next president. It is a shame that the American electorate responds to celebrity rather than these qualities. If the substance, knowledge, and policy positions of the candidates determined the outcome of the primaries, Biden would be a front runner rather than where he is.

    November 8, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    Thanks for warning us of something we all know about already. Problem is the leader is bi-polar and the military are doing...zip helping us capture Bin Laden who is residing there and getting his dialysis and Chai delivered bedside. Where have you been . Only GWB is unaware of this reality. Heres my question Obi-Whan...what are your plans on changin the current situation.

    November 8, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Sian, LA CA

    Unfortunately, the democrats are misguided. There is nothing wrong with President Bush's approach. For anyone who reads the Koran, you'll note that there are passages that essentially call for the death of Christains, Jews, and people of other religions unless they submit completely to the Muslim masters. Thus, there is terrorism originating from individuals who believe in Islam...its really no suprise.

    If a dictator wants to clamp down on terrorists, more power to him – his actions will actually save American lives, and this is one instance where the terrorists can be fought on their own soil instead of our own without the risk of a single American casualty. This is a policy of genius.

    November 8, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. James, Phoenix AZ

    Wow – for being the No-War party, you dems sure keep up the saber-rattling:

    Obama said he would take necessary force (military strikes) into Pakistan going after Bin Laden if Pakistan refused to help.

    Hillary signed off on the Kyl-Lieberman Resolution uping the ante with Iran.

    Biden warning about extremists in Pakistan.

    Who needs another 4 years of Bush when the Dems are so anxious to start their own wars??

    November 8, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Stacy S. Medford OR

    Joe Biden is the only candidate running in either party who has the knowledge, intelligence, and experience required during these difficult times.

    November 8, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    Thanks again for telling us all something we know. Hoorah. Okay...so the current President of Pakistan is a corrupt military dictator–and of course, he has doens't Jack to help us capture Bin-Laden, who appears to be hiding there sipping chai while getting his kidney dialysis. So.. what is your plan? So far can't see one. Go back to your corner...and we'll call you when we need another no-brainer input.

    November 8, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Sally,Nashua,NH

    Biden, I don't want to hear these words anymore, facists,extremists whatever....It is time to turn the page and care about what is meaningful for America....

    November 8, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Mary,Nashua,NH

    Biden, I don't want to hear these words anymore, facists,extremists whatever....It is time to turn the page and care about what is meaningful for America....

    November 8, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Stacy from Oregan said, "Joe Biden is the only candidate running in either party who has the knowledge, intelligence, and experience required during these difficult times.". I agree with Stacy. I am a Republican, but I see a voice of reason, and I could actually vote for Biden because he's been around Washington for a long time and has vast knowledge about how things are ran. Unfortunately, you have the "Oh No! I'm a girl! Don't hit me" running ahead of everybody and then you have wonder boy Obama running second and this guy hasn't had a full term in as a US senator. What the heck are the Dems thinking??? Put Biden as your top guy and you'll get people like me voting for him.

    WatchingHillary.com

    November 8, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Chitral Cheetah, San Jose CA

    "Pakistan has strong democratic traditions and a large, moderate majority," the senator from Delaware said in a speech at New Hampshire's Institute of Politics."
    I am not sure which Pakistan Sen Biden is talking about. After independence from the British it has been mostly ruled by the Military. Democratically elected governments have filled the gaps every now and then. The Military produces a major part of the wealth including 20% of the industrial economy. Think again. However I do agree it is on the brink.

    November 8, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Amy, FL

    For anyone who reads the Koran, you'll note that there are passages that essentially call for the death of Christains, Jews, and people of other religions unless they submit completely to the Muslim masters. Thus, there is terrorism originating from individuals who believe in Islam…its really no suprise.

    Posted By Sian, LA CA : November 8, 2007 4:05 pm

    Let me guess Sian, are ya jewish or one of those self-righteous, fundamentalist "christians"? Because that is the most racist, uninformed, brainwashed statement I have read today. The Koran does not advocate violence, read passages in context. Having said that, don't the Muslim countries have the same rights to "defend" themselves as Israel does? If not, why? Oh, not God's chosen people, silly me.

    People that beat up on Islam make me sick. No wonder many hate us.

    (I'm a Christian btw)

    November 8, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Amy, FL

    Mark in Columbus, OH:

    I have to agree with ya on this. The Dems are being downright self-destructive in pushing Hillary and Obama to the forefront. Joe Biden can win against anyone of the repub candidates, and he deserves too. The moreI hear from him, the more I like him and feel he can keep us safe.

    He is smart, savvy, tells it like it is, is courageous and has more experience in his thumb than Hillary. The Dems are going to lose again if they don't smarten up. Just praying the people in Iowa and NH will turn the tides in Biden's favor.

    November 8, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Erik White, Cicinnati, OH

    Though Biden is more knowledgeble guy in Foreign Policy its unfortunate that he won't be nominated. He is the perfect candidate for Secretary of State.

    November 8, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    Sian, LA CA

    Since you seem to be an expert on the Koran or maybe you've read it? Please site the passages of which you refer to "that essentially call for the death of Christains, Jews, and people of other religions unless they submit completely to the Muslim masters"

    I suspect you are spinning facts in order to further your conservative agenda, but I'm willing to keep an open mind and give you the benefit of the doubt.

    November 8, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Anna Sacramento, Ca

    I do not think any of these people have a clue about Pakistan

    November 8, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Dave, Southeastern Massachusetts

    I can only hope people see through Hillary and Obama. Neither have the experience to be president and we don't need OJT for the president. I am a moderate democrate and I am a big supporter of Senator Biden. He does have the experience and the knowledge to guide us throught these tough periods ahead. If Hillary or Obama get the nod for the democrats I will really have to think hard about supporting either one of them

    November 8, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. think before voting

    I can sure tell Joe has more expierence than Obobma,He says it like it is, and doesn't beat around the bushes.I do hope Nh and Iowa,considers passing him past obama,Edwards.I think Joe could whoop the republicans,in general elections

    November 8, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. JDS NY, NY

    In these troubled and dire time we live in, Joe Biden, to me, encompasses all that we desperately need for our nation:

    1) Intelligence
    2) Experience in ALL phases of government
    3) Strength
    4) Respect from world leaders
    5) Diplomacy
    6) Command of issues
    7) Solutions to problems that face our nation
    8) Honesty
    9) Integrity
    10) Respect and trust from his peers
    11) Respect and trust from the people who follow him
    12) an EXPERT in foreign policy

    Joe Biden certainly meets ALL of the criteria above.

    I pray and hope every day that Mr. & Mrs. America, the people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina know in their hearts, that if we lose Joe Biden, we'll have lost one of the best Presidents our nation will ever have.

    Please watch a video I produced to show my support for Senator Biden. If you support him, please send the link below to family and friends, and ask them to do the same.

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    November 11, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |