“Fears about Pakistan had been driving President Obama’s national security team for more than a year. Obama had said toward the start of his fall 2009 Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy review that the more pressing U.S. interests were really in Pakistan, a nuclear power with a fragile civilian government, a dominant military and an intelligence service that sponsored terrorist groups…
…Not only did al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban operate from safe havens within Pakistan, but – as U.S. intelligence officials had repeatedly warned Obama – terrorist groups were recruiting Westerners whose passports would allow them to move freely in Europe and North America.
Safe havens would no longer be tolerated, Obama had decided. “We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan,” he declared during an Oval Office meeting on Nov. 25, 2009, near the end of the strategy review. The reason to create a secure, self-governing Afghanistan, he said, was “so the cancer doesn’t spread there”.”
Wait… the cancer isn’t in Afghanistan? I thought that Obama said the Afghanistan war was the good war… because that’s where the ‘trouble’ started and not Iraq… now he’s saying the cancer isn’t even in Afghanistan yet?
And apparently Pakistan has been on his radar since at least the latter part of 2009. If he starts a ‘war’ in Pakistan… then does this equate with the theory that Bush had been planning on invading Iraq for a long time?