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Obama: U.S. needs to come down hard on Musharraf
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Obama: U.S. needs to come down hard on Musharraf


December 28, 2007

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa -- A day after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, White House hopeful Barack Obama said the United States needs to come down hard on Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

Obama said today he would suspend any military aid to Pakistan not directly going to fight al Qaida until Musharraf gets serious about stomping out the group.

We have poured billions of dollars in support to President Musharraf, Obama told hundreds of supporters who braved a snowstorm to hear him at the Mary Welsh Elementary School. This despite the fact that he has suspended democratic practices in Pakistan. He has not obeyed the constitution. He has put the chief justice there under house arrest, still has political prisoners and the press is suppressed. As were supposed to be leading up to elections.

Obama and most of the other Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are scrambling around Iowa amid heavy snowfall today with just days to go before next weeks caucuses.

As long as we are supporting somebody who the Pakistani people themselves believe has subverted democracy, that strengthens the hand of the Islamic militants, Obama told the crowd.

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