The Campaign Spot

Obama: We Haven’t Told Pakistan That Fighting Taliban, Al-Qaeda Is Important

Obama, speaking to CBS News, about Pakistan.

Obama: The United States has to take a regional approach to the problem. Just as we can’t be myopic and focus only on Iraq, we also can’t think that we can solve the security problems here in Afghanistan without engaging the Pakistan government.
Logan: How do you compel Pakistan to act?
Obama: Well, you know, I think that the U.S. government provides an awful lot of aid to Pakistan, provides a lot of military support to Pakistan. And to send a clear message to Pakistan that this is important, to them as well as to us, that I think — that message has not been sent.

Ah. We have not sent a message to the Pakistani government that targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda is important. This will be surprising news to Khalid Sheik Muhammad, arrested by Pakistani authorities in Rawalpindi on March 1, 2003.
I’ve noted this earlier, but Obama remains absolutely convinced that the primary problem in taking on the Taliban and al-Qaeda is that the Pakistani government is insufficiently motivated, and that he will convince Musharraf, Pakistani Prime Minister Gallani, and the Pakistani government to take stronger action in the northwestern frontier regions. Obama will persuade Musharraf to take a tougher line on groups that have tried to kill him. Apparently bombs going off in their cities is insufficient to get the Pakistanis to crack down, but Obama’s threat to their aid package will.
At no point is the reliability or loyalty of the ISI or Frontier Corps mentioned as an obstacle.