Obama Takes Hardline Stance On Pakistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - After having his foreign policy tactics described as "naive," Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is taking a hardline stance on Pakistan.

The Illinois senator says Pakistan's president must do more to shut down terrorist operations and evict foreign fighters -- or else risk a U.S. troop invasion.

The comments come after his public tiff with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obama said he would be willing to meet leaders of rogue countries without conditions. Clinton called the idea naive.

The Bush administration has stressed the need to cooperate with Pakistan, but lately officials have suggested the possibility of military strikes to deal with al-Qaida. Analysts say an invasion could risk destabilizing Pakistan, breeding more militancy and undermining its president.

Obama said he would remove troops from Iraq and put them "on the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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