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Mike Huckabee To Musharraf: We Own You

Young longhorn cowMike Huckabee appeared on CNN’s Late Edition yesterday to show us his swagger in dealing with those ungrateful Pakistanis. Two weeks earlier, Huckabee said on Face the Nation that General Musharraf’s suspension of Pakistan’s constitution was “not acceptable,” but that doesn’t mean what you think it does.

Huckabee’s real concern had nothing to do with the constitutional rights of the Pakistani people. Sunday he suggested to Wolf Blitzer that nothing Musharraf does should prevent the US military from routinely trampling on Pakistan’s sovereignty whenever we feel like it.

According to Huckabee, you see, the Pakistanis owe us, since we’ve given them $10 billion in aid, mostly to buy off the military. “We have earned the right of passage,” to intervene militarily in Pakistan, Huckabee stated.

BLITZER: So what would you do differently than President Bush is doing right now?

HUCKABEE: Well, the main thing I would do is to make sure that we demand greater accountability, not only for the funding that we have put in, but we also get a greater level of cooperation and commitment that, when we find actionable targets in Pakistan, dealing with Al Qaida, that we have the green light to go after those targets, that we don’t do as we did a couple of years ago, and that is actually have people in the air on their way to take out a target and then to be called back because we had not yet obtained full permission from the Pakistani government.

BLITZER: So you would send U.S. troops, Special Operations Forces, others, directly into Pakistan if there were what you call actionable intelligence?

HUCKABEE: I think we have to always remember that the first job of the American president is to protect the American people. If we know and we have clear indication that there are those plotting to destroy Americans and American security, then that has to be first and foremost in our plans.

And we need to make sure that the Musharraf government recognizes that part of what we have done with that $10 billion is to, sort of, earn the right of passage to take those targets out.

Of course, Pakistanis aren’t the only ones whose rights Huckabee doesn’t recognize. He also told Blitzer that Israel should never “give up” the West Bank or the Golan Heights, and he declined to endorse the concept of a two-state solution for Palestinians, suggesting that those Arab neighbors should just give up some of their lands instead. So I guess this endorsement makes perfect sense.

Just to put this in context, keep in mind that, as Blitzer reminded us, Mitt Romney thinks Huckabee is the “liberal” in the Republican presidential race, which apparently frightens Jonah Goldberg. How could anyone think someone who approved this ad could be frightening? Yet even Novak is horrified that someone from the religious right might actually become President:

The danger is a serious contender for the nomination who passes the litmus test of social conservatives on abortion, gay marriage and gun control but is far removed from the conservative-libertarian model of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

Thank god for George Bush!

It’s embarrassing and horrifying to consider what the rest of the world must think of America when they hear such arrogant, mindless statements from a Presidential candidate and watch them go unchallenged on America’s major political news shows.

Photo? I was looking for a Texas Ranger and came across this young longhorn cow, by shark bait.

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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts.

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