August 18th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, McCain react to Musharraf

(CNN) – Both Barack Obama and John McCain have released statements reacting to the resignation of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf:

Read the statements after the jump

Obama:
"President Musharraf has made the right decision to step down as President of Pakistan. It is in the interests of his country and the Pakistani people to end the political crisis that has immobilized the coalition government for too long. I have long said that the central terrorist threat to the United States lies in northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan, and not Iraq. US policy must focus on assuring that all elements of Pakistan's government are resolute in shutting down the safe havens for al Qaeda and the Taliban. There can be no safe haven for terrorists who threaten the American people.

"A year ago, I advocated that the US move from a 'Musharraf policy' to a 'Pakistan policy.' I hope all of Pakistan's friends will now seize the opportunity created by Musharraf's exit to focus on the urgent issues of today: confronting the threat of extremist violence, dealing with food and energy shortages, and helping the Pakistani people build a stable, secure, democratic future."

McCain:
"The resignation of President Pervez Musharraf is a step toward moving Pakistan onto a more stable political footing. Pakistan is a critical theater in countering the threat of al Qaeda and violent Islamic extremism, and I look forward to the government increasing its future cooperation.

"There are serious problems that must be addressed. The situation in Pakistan's frontier regions requires immediate and continued attention, and I hope that the elections for President Musharraf's successor will serve to reconcile the Pakistani people behind a leader who can solidify their government internally. It is critical that the United States continue to work in partnership with the Pakistani people and their democratically elected government to tackle the many challenges we both face."

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Idaho Thoughts

    When did we as Americans loose our tastes for thoughtful arguments and decide that one word canned answers were the sign of a good leader. When McCain answered this weekend that we need to defeat evil – no thought – just words – did it occur to him that this is what Osama Bin Laden thinks he is doing now – defeating the evil that he believes is America. Did he consider that this is what the Spanish were doing during the inquisition. Obama tried to make the point that yes – evil exists, but often in our efforts to defeat it, we ourselves lose track of the evil that we perpetuate on others in the name of good. We don't defeat evil by blindly attacking. It is when people become so sure of their simple positions that we get led into doing horrible things in the name of defeating evil – and yet the American people seem to be swayed more and more by the simple words than they are by the thoughtful words. Are we not smarter than this? God help us if we allow Mccain and the republicans to convince us that we should fear the thoughtful and calculating in favor of the hotheaded "act now and wonder what happened later" leaders that they are portraying themselves to be.

    August 18, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Paris

    Kevin are you stupid or just close-minded?

    John McCain said his oe moral failure in life was his first marriage.

    John McCain was a leader and Obama showed what he is: a junior senator.

    August 18, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Tired of W, OH

    RJ, the only ones reading that book will be pathetic Limbaugh groupies like yourself that wouldn't have voted for Obama in the first place. The only purpose that book serves is to make its author rich while little boys like you read it under the covers at night and moan.

    August 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Election Watcher – Where is mccain's VP choice????????????????? you moron.

    August 18, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Billie Jo Morrison

    McCain chooses Leiberman for VP and it's all over but the shoutin' for O'Bama and Joe (has been) Biden. Democrats turned on Lieberman when Leiberman needed them most and now Leiberman will help keep the Presidency where it belongs . . . with the Republicans!

    August 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Paris

    It was Obama that said he unilaterally attack Pakistan if he had intelligence that Bin Laden is there.
    It wasn’t John McCain it was Obama who was willing to bom, bom and bom.

    August 18, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Thanks to Pelosi and manistream media, we get to enjoy our little war criminal until the bitter end...come on Jan.20th!

    August 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Independent NYC

    Okay I'm sure there is video tape somewhere but McCain never advocated for Musharraf's resignation or a coalition government intervention to claim the political strife. In fact, he has been an unshakable ally to him until it appeared Musharraf could and probably would be impeached. This is a flip – flop and double somersault. Where is the media?

    August 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. arc, Lugano CH

    Tennessee August 18th, 2008 4:25 pm ET
    Does Obama even know who the guy is?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Do you? Thank God for google, huh?

    August 18, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Indian Guy

    To all the people here questioning Obama's judgement,

    India has been suffering because of Pakistan-sponsored terror for decades. It is Obama who correctly pointed out that Pakistan has to be taken to task.
    US Foreign policy sucks. No wonder we indians support the Soviets anyday (Atleast, they keep their word)

    August 18, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Liars and Cheaters

    If McCain didn't know the questions before hand, why did he shout, "yes, yes, yes" before Warren finished asking the question about teachers? Warren could have been getting ready to ask him if all teachers should be burned at the stake for all he knows (that is if he didn't have forehand knowledge.)

    August 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Jason

    Obama bothers me as he is never really clear on what he feels is needed in Pakistan. He talks alot about Pakistan and the threat of terrorism there, but always dodges the "would you go to war in Pakistan" question. We need straight answers.

    August 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Voter

    Obama is a babe in the woods on foreign policy matters. But he is too cunning for words.

    SAVE US FROM OBAMA – the greediest man alive!

    Obama is teaching us that elections are all about MONEY and not about the American people at all!

    August 18, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Ian

    Didn't we help put Musharraf in office?

    August 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    BY THE EXIT OF PRESIDENT PARVEZ MUSHARRAF, WE WISH THE SAME COULD HAPPEN TO GEORGE BUSH, DICK CHENEY AND, WHY NOT, OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN. AFTER ALL ALL OF THE ABOVE WERE PLAYING THE SAME GAME WITH THE SAME TEAM.

    August 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Brian

    This is a total McSame flip flop... just a few months ago he was PRO MUSHARRAF. Just like the current administration that has been propping him up for eight years.

    Oh the tangled web the Republicans weave.

    August 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Wes

    Washington Post – Dec. 28, 2007
    "I continue to believe Musharraf has done a pretty good job, done a lot of the things that we wanted him to do," McCain said,

    August 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Please Love Me and Post My Stuff

    Do you really think either of them actually wrote those statments. Why do you think they have advisors and speach writters. They wrote very nice pieces for both of them to put their names to.

    August 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Denise

    I am reading the post and ind RJ's response to Obama Nation amusing. It worries me that in tis, one of the most important elections we have ever had, and people do not bother to make sure the info is correct. RJ, Obama Nation is so inaccurate, I do not even know where to start. Every news organization has already stated as much.

    No, not everybody is reading it. The book shot to the top with a * next to it because the book was purchased in bulk by members of the GOP. Corsi promoted the book on pro-GOP afiliations, and on white supremicst radio stations. White supremist? What does that tell you.

    McCain will not win. It is summer, wait until after Labor Day. McCain will not be happy with the results. He is not happy now. He is loosing badly in state polls, and Obama is giving him fits in states that McCain should win hands down (C), NM). He has lost IA, WI, and PA.

    August 18, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Obama is the dumbest candidate ever

    Did Obama even know who Musharraf is?

    August 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. ran

    THIS ELECTIONS CAN'T GET HERE FAST ENOUGH FOR ME THEN ALL THE PUMAS/REPUBLICANS CAN GO AWAY FOR THE NEXT 8 YEARS IF NOT LONGER.

    August 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Brogers

    The reason America is at peril is the same as those in smaller countries in Europe. That is the lack on intellectual honesty, candor and concern for all Americans. We don't have to argue, the dye is cast and the world will look back and think of 911 as one of the smaller happenings of this war which in reality begain decades or more ago. Whichever party wins – the world will become less safe. A general concern for our fellowman would be helpful, but most people haven't a clue and are unwilling to face thier fears so they just complain, whine and point at other people mistakes as if they are pure. If you are going to lie, lie to everyone else, but stop lying to yourself about the challeges you face. As I said, no need to argue with me about what the future holds – I don't know who will make the best President and don't care if that person does thier best.

    August 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. BC FOR OBAMA

    Wow, Texas and Tennessee are really showing their racist colours in this post today.

    Obama baby!

    August 18, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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