March 29th, 2009
11:07 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama: U.S. remains prepared to pursue targets in Pakistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president discussed Pakistan during a television appearance Sunday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that his administration remains prepared to order strikes against "high-value" targets within Pakistan.

Obama reiterated a previous assertion that the U.S. military would pursue extremists within Pakistan's borders after consulting with the Pakistani government.

The U.S. policy doesn't change American recognition of Pakistan's "sovereign government," Obama said during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation." But the United States needs to hold that government "more accountable."

"This is going to be hard," he added. "I'm under no illusions."

Obama said his administration remains determined to weaken or destroy al Qaeda until it no longer presents a threat to the United States.

He added that his administration is prepared to constantly adjust its strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan as necessary.

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  1. independent wonderer

    Sounds like a "good" plan to me...finally, a "thinking" president, who actually wants to get the job DONE..Power to you pres Obama, and may the force be with you !!! God Bless America, and keep her safe...and OUR president !!!

    March 29, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. sally

    are we expected to believe this is a new stance, that we have not been after high value targets in pakistan?!

    March 29, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Ron P., Charlotte, NC

    Kill bin Laden and the job is finished! He should be able to be killed within a month if the US really commits to this cause. No foolin' around like what is being done in Iraq. If the plan is to play with bazookas, fireworks, and slingshots as has been the policy in Iraq, then Obama is continuing on a Bush course of action.

    March 29, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Max

    US is prepared to go to war with Pakistan. The great irony here is the crowd that preached about Iraq being a wrong war (it was) will fully support this, all because of who is sending the marching orders. Petty.

    March 29, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Patrick

    There's the answer to your question, Randy. A kool-ade drinker raises his/her ugly head...

    March 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. chris

    to Randy "BO has not changed a thing."

    Wake up and cancel the alarm clock. Sleeping and thinking nothing has changed will not make it so. Change has, is and will continue to happen, so

    Wake up

    March 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Linda, NY

    The "Bush haters" have moved on and are busy supporting President Obama in his quest to undo the multiple failures that Cheney/Bush left behind when they vacated the White House. Redundant but to be stated again....Cheney/Bush dropped the ball big time in Afghanistan and our President is going in there to try and put the ball back into play...with victory as the goal this time.

    March 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. david,baltimore,mamryland

    The high value target in pakistan is.......Pakistan! It is without doubt the largest cesspool in the world.We send billions of dollars over there while they funnel it to the Taliban to use aginst us.No matter what their other beliefs there is not single a Pakistani w ho is in favor of an independent Afgahnistam.All of them view it as their colony and will not tolerate an indepndent afghanistan on their borders.
    Sooner or later we will declare war on PAKISTAN or we will leave afghanistan in disgrace.I for one hope we declare war on Pakistan and change the name of the country to 7-11.

    March 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. salman aziz

    I suggest this plan has had limited success in the past. Most of the people killed by these attacks have been civilians. It seems we are following the Russian failed strategy in Afghanistan.

    A possible solution is to work with the people of Afghanistan (which includes the Taliban) and improve there economical condition without interfering with their way of life.


    March 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. BeefMasterX

    Randy says it all in one sentence. There is no change. King Obeyme has simply kept the Bush Policies in place in almost every critical area of government. What change? Oh yeah, he has made Bush look like a fiscal conservative. Bad change.
    Good luck to the junior senator from the corrupt State of Illinois. And good luck to all of us when the Pakistani left gains control of the nukes.

    March 29, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Raj Kumar

    As long Pakistan has Nuk so far no one can clean the mess from that area. We need to wash Pakistan's Nuk first before to do anything. The Govt. of Pakistan is feeding them and suporting them and using them as shield name of Taliban of Jihadi. Us must give permission to India to clean Pakistan and the US and NATO can clean Taliban. With joind hand Pakistan will be under control easier. Thanks

    March 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. rick

    Oh, I get it, it's OK for Obama to go into Pakastain, but not for Bush.
    Clear thinking people. Good to see you are honest and not a bunch of phony hipocritics.........

    March 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Marie in NV

    OMG! Imagine the uproar if Bush had proposed this. If BO does it, then it's "getting the job done" – as if Bush hadn't already eliminated 90% of al Queda. This does sound exactly like what Bush was doing all along.

    March 29, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Bhaskar

    Not going to lie, in terms of the war on terror, I am starting to appreciate president Bush.

    March 29, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. barking dogs

    If anyone still believes Osama is still living in a cave,he should have his head examined.He really works for Israel.

    March 29, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. larry

    It's reckless threats toward a nation like Pakistan that will be Obama's undoing.

    March 29, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Ron P., Charlotte, NC

    seems as though the war to get bin Laden has gone into the "cold case files", probably all in the name of big defense contracts to keep funding the foolish debacle in Iraq and to help the economy over here. If bL HAS been relegated to the cold files, then the US war against terrorism is presently and has been a whole lotta...BALONEY!
    US citizens would be better off to arm themselves and forget federal help against future terror attacks.

    March 29, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. stephen

    A thinking president? I'm not sure about you, but if I were president of a sovereign country like Pakistan, I wouldn't appreciate my country being bombed without some consultation. Does Obama not realize that Pakistan has an army that dwarfs both Afghanistan's and Iraq's? Plus the fact that they are nuclear capable? Does he also not realize that our deficit is going through the roof right now, and that potentially engaging us in a conflict with Pakistan will cost countless billions? We don't HAVE the resources to initiate another conflict in the middle east!

    He isn't a savior, nor is this a "good" plan. He's merely a politician who was able to smile his way into the White House. From an economic standpoint he's already failed, and from a foreign policy standpoint he's about to make a huge mistake.

    From a political standpoint he's in the clear because he can always rely upon the ignorance of the average American voter.

    March 29, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Art Michaelson

    It is KILL or be KILLED. Seeking out the enemy even in another country is totally justified despite what these CRAZY Muslim countries say or do. Bush/Cheny were all talk and no do and went after the wrong enemy which cost us 4500 dead, 1400 wounded American soldiers/marines and untold BILLIONS os wated dollars. Go OBAMA you have our support.

    March 29, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Jo

    In a perfect world this would work. In reality they will be faced with the exact same problem as in Iraq. Insurgents and al qaeda merging with the everday people. You strike a house and kill 10 insurgents and also kill a family with kids. The press picks it up and runs with it then you have the every bleeding heart demanding a stop. In a perfect world this plan would work.

    March 29, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. sam

    Stop the Pakistan government and the ISI (their intelligence agency) from fooling us!! Make them acccountable, and ask them to DELIVER on the terrorists! The ISI has been playing a double game and the US has been taken for a ride! Unfortunately the PAK govt and the ISI enough are dumb enough to realize that if you play with snakes (terrorists) they occasionally BITE you!

    March 29, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Rich

    Wow, David. Racist much?

    March 29, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Alok

    isn't this the "unilateralism" and "going it alone" that the Bush haters were soooo against? Do you really want to hit targets in a nuclear armed state that is already unstable? THANK GOD for this president...Repubs will have the House AND Senate back in 4 years as well as the White House if he continues at this rate.

    March 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. debbie

    Well, well, well, Obama promised to get us out of Iraq. I didn't realize it was just to get us into a bigger war. What is this guy doing??? It's has become clear to me that he has no clue.

    March 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. JL

    isn't it something to know..that the guy running the country is way smarter and tactical then you.

    it's a nice change.

    March 29, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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