August 5th, 2007
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain: Obama is naive

McCain criticized Obama's comments on U.S. involvement in Pakistan.

WASHINGTON(CNN) - In a statement echoing the recent foreign policy quarrel between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, Republican Senator and presidential hopeful John McCain accused Obama of "naivete" in a newspaper interview posted online Sunday.

McCain made the comments to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Arizona Senator was asked about Obama's speech last week in which he said he would possibly send U.S. troops into Pakistan to pursue terrorists, even without the approval of the Pakistani government.

"It’s kind of typical of his naivete," McCain told the newspaper. "If we go in, and maybe we should depending on the assessment, we would want to do it covertly and we would want to do it in coordination with Pakistanis covertly as well. It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country."

–CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. nabeel,rawalpindi,pakistan

    gentlemen plz pakistan does not have any conflict with usa and israel.our enemy is nuclear india.Pakistan has second strike nuclear capability submarines nuclear plotonium warhead missiles.these submarines agosta 90B are far far away from india and patrolling in the pacific and atlantic oceans , so india cannot destroy them. they stay underwater for two months and 12 days and no way to be detected because they use ethanol liquid oxygen as fuel.
    so i guess PAKISTAN has to protect itself against indian nuclear attack.
    and MECCA and MEDINA will be protected by ALLAH.

    August 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Josh Maloney, Oakland, Ca

    Senator McCain needs to get a clue. Obama represents a new vision and isn't afraid of trying something different. People seem to brush right by the fact that Obama said that we would use military action against Pakistan IF NECESSARY. Stop reading between the lines Senator.

    August 5, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. j, ne york

    how is it that cnn posts immediately obama smear comments and doesn't even MENTION the obama campaign's letter that further bolsters his comments on foreign policy??

    clearly this organization has it in for senator obama and i hope the american people are smart enough not to buy into this unprofessional journalism.

    August 5, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Valerie, Concord, CA

    Obama will have all the best advisors to assist him to make the best decisions as President of the US - but he is a strong leader and his views and his vision will bring us all to a better America and a better world. McCain is "naive" to think a few negative soundbites will turn the tide of public opinion against Obama. Happy Birthday, Obama.

    August 5, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Robert M. Reidy, Tillson, N.Y.

    Wow1 The audacity of hope is welling up
    and exciting to see that whenever Obama
    frames the debate with the truth and the fearful detractors rant – the people rise up to defend this new intelligent,charismatic,energetic communicator Barak Obama 3 to one or
    more. Now even I am becoming hopeful –
    THANK YOU AMERICA! Blog on!!

    Barrock the vote!!!

    August 5, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Prasanna Padmanabhan, Tiruchirapalli, India

    "It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we’re attacking another country.”

    Didn't Bush say that back in 2003? So McCain now admits Bush is not very smart. I think McCain is not very smart either, Osama bin Laden is hiding in Musharaff's backyard.

    August 5, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. Gloria, Napa, California

    Ummm, didn't we announce to the world that we were attacking (rather, invading)

    This guy needs to throw in the towel, he can't even manage his campaign budget and he wants to be president. He kisses Bush's butt after Bush demoralized him...yeah, I want him as president...woohooo.

    August 5, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. Rob, Charlotte, NC

    Desperate words from a desperate man. I guess Hillary and McCain applaud Bush's bang up job thus far.

    August 5, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    CNN is really on a tear to bring down Obama...too bad it won't work...McCain is way past his prime. Time to give it up buddy. Oh and Romney? Don't even get me started on that hypocrite political opportunist.

    August 5, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Ryan, Provo, UT

    I say keep the criticism coming! As evidenced from these comments its only strengthening Obama's bid for the presidency. Whether it comes from the republicans or from Hillary, it just helps highlight the fresh, fundamental change that an Obama presidency offers.

    August 5, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. Charles, MA

    While McCain has a point in not revealing military strategies, it is an inevitable outcome of the fact that the US is at war. Because Bush has started a war that he clearly could not and cannot finish, our military actions are subject to the scrutiny of the public in order for us to make an informed choice to select a leader for the next four years. We need to know what we are in for, and cannot remain in the dark about what the next step is. Blame this one on the Bush administration and their failure to finish what they started.

    Invading Iraq was the first mistake, and now the US is weaker for it.

    August 5, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. Skihills, Madison, WI

    Seems to me this question is asking, of the two candidates with the worse foreign policies...choose your preference of poison!

    August 6, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. Leroidavid, Nukethem, Killthem

    Michael, woodland hills, ca (August 5, 2007 5:48 pm)

    "McCain has no credibility. He was wrong about Iraq and wrong about the surge, whereas Obama was right in both cases."

    I dont support Mc Cain, but going to Irak was right (how can someone who loves life and liberty oppose the overthrowing of one of the bloodiest dictator of all human history ?), and the surge is working (even the New York Times had to acknowledge that).

    August 6, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  14. Phil, Atlanta Georgia


    August 6, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  15. JGR

    I don't think anybody pays too much attention to him anymore. He was good for Arizona though.

    August 6, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  16. R. Rossi, Boca Raton, Florida

    I think it would be wiser for JM to not cast stones at BO. The scripture makes it clear. Also, I find BO's recent statements strong with honest opinion rather than political strategem irrespective of soundness. We seek this...honest positions expressing the integrity of the candidate even if intellectually wrong. JM should talk JM like BO talks BO even if just because JM has his own faults (campaign over spending and poor choice of friends given resignations) to address ( to remove the beam of wood in your eye before trying to remove the splinter in your brothers eye.....).

    August 6, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  17. Ken White, Sonoma County, Calif.

    McCain's time has passed. He has bumbled himself into irrelevancy. There was a time when I would be troubled by this, but that time is long gone!

    August 6, 2007 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  18. Nathan, Augusta, Maine

    Seriously, Obama just rolled himself. He wants to have a friendly chat to a bunch of thugs and nutjobs who hate the USA, but he wants to bomb and invade Pakistan, an ally. I'm gunning for a Democrat, but it seems that for every vapid, amateur, scary Republican that the Confederacy nominates,it is bested by a more ridiculous, out of touch, Democrat.

    August 6, 2007 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  19. John Wilson Racine, WI

    This entire discussion is, well, rather silly at best and a total waste of time at the worst. It really doesn’t matter what Mr. Obama said or says nor does it matter how much money he raises. And, it certainly doesn’t matter what Mr. McCain says…

    Given the rampant and all pervasive state of racial prejudice in THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, Mr. Obama’s chances of being elected to the presidency are slim and none. And, as we all know, Slim has left town. So, at the end of the ’08 election, Mr. Obama will have collected your money, raised your idealism, embolden the Jesus people, and pressed the flesh – only this and nothing more…

    Mr. McCain is nothing more than an irrelevant, war-mongering, conservative and Bush sycophant. I’m sorry, that’s redundant: war-mongering and conservative is the same thing. The conservatives enjoy the same modus operandi as the Mafia: If you don’t understand it and can’t control it, kill it! Mr. McCain will soon simply fade away, as well he should.

    What we as a nation should be doing is dissecting to the nth degree all of the viable candidates in this race. That, however, is probably too rational an approach for Americans who always are driven by emotion/religion to vote against their own self interests…

    August 6, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  20. Gary, Niagara Falls, NY

    With all the stupid things that are coming out of Obama's mouth as of late, all I can say is "Thank you Oprah Winfrey for inflicting us with this idiot." This man would not have probably not had his popularity boosted to the level it is with out the help of Oprah's easily led and equally naive, dough-headded fan base. I suspect Obama is also getting his policy advice from Oprah. Think about it - to the thugish dictators of the world, "Can't we just talk?" Where do you think such naivete came frome? Smooth-talking Obama is proving to be a con just like "A million little pieces" and "The Secret," two recent Oprah favorites.

    August 6, 2007 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  21. Anonymous

    John are you nuts? If you tried to do anything covertly with any arab country it would be like putting an ad in the newspaper telling them your plans.the intelligence communities over there are hand in hand with the bad guys.

    August 6, 2007 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  22. SS

    These are the kind of statements that are unnecessary in our war against terror. Come election time every candidate is touting his/her foreign policy experience .
    Mr McCain, it would be wise for you to think about making intelligent statements if you want to be the republican candidate.

    And Mr Obama, you need to think befoe issuing statements like these which only elicit comments like Mr McCain's.

    August 6, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  23. Al, San Francisco, CA

    Obama sounds like Bush to me: (a) Fighting in another country (Pakistan for Obama & Iraq for Bush)) without the blessing of the domestic regime, and (b) being naive in international politics. Does american need another 4 years of pseudo-Bush administration in foreign affairs?

    August 6, 2007 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  24. Cal, Honolulu Hawaii

    "It wouldn't be the smartest thing to do to announce to the world we're attacking another country".
    Oh, the irony and the double standard! Would it be smarter if we could just do it quickly and just call it "Mission Accomplished"?

    August 6, 2007 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  25. Scott C, Blountville, TN

    I voted for Bush in the past 2 elections and have been registered as a Republican since I turned 18. However, Obama will be getting my vote this time when he makes it as the Democrat's nominee.

    His approach to situations is fresh, not naive. When you have most of the other canidates, both Democrats and Republicans, agreeing on topics and going after Obama then it should show the American public who has the fresh perspective on things.

    We need someone in the White House who is thinking outside the "Beltway Box". We need someone who will tackle things in new and exciting ways because what we have cultivated over the past 15-20 years is a group of policies that have us viewed as one of the most hated, most isolated nations on the planet.

    It is time for some change and Obama is the man!

    August 6, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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