Shops burn following a deadly car bomb blast in Peshawar which ripped through a packed Pakistani market, slaughtering at least 86 people and underscoring the blood-drenched scale of the extremist threat as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits. (AFP/A Majeed)
Hillary Clinton continued to bash Bush today in Pakistan telling officials that the US is ready to “turn the page” from the previous administration’s security agenda.
My Way reported:
On her first visit to Pakistan as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday sought to chip away at anti-Americanism in this predominantly Muslim nation, while applauding the government for taking on violent extremist forces.
She also said the Obama administration intends to do more to support Pakistan on a wide range of issues, including economic development, energy generation, education and the environment. She suggested that the administration of former President George W. Bush had focused too narrowly on Pakistan’s value as an ally in the war on terrorism, neglecting other aspects of the relationship.
“We are turning the page on what has been for the past several years primarily a security, anti-terrorist agenda,” she told reporters on the flight from Washington. Anti-terrorism “remains a very high priority, but we also recognize that it’s imperative that we broaden our engagement with Pakistan.”
Democrats must have been living under a rock the last 9 years.
While pushing President Obama’s kissie-kissie foreign policy Hillary misrepresented the Bush Administration’s Pakistan strategy.
As far back as 2002, President Bush offered $200 million atop of the $600 million in U.S. aid already offered to Pakistan. The money was used to erase $1 billion in Pakistan debt. In 2006 Bush said the United States will continue to pursue increased economic ties aimed at opening up additional commercial opportunities.
President Bush reaffirmed the United States commitment to assist Pakistan’s economic development last year while also citing Washington’s bipartisan support in this respect.
Of course, President Bush assisted Pakistan with its economic concerns. The fact that the Obama administration continues to ignore this is both arrogant and dishonest.