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Finally Obama on Pakistan (FULL TRANSCRIPT)

All of the President’s timely press conference makes good reading and I refer you to the NYT site for a thorough look. Particularly useful was his concentration on Pakistan which mirrors the concern ofthose who have trained a close eye on reports of Taliban advances there.

Here with salient links the gist of the President’s viewpoint.

Speaking at a prime-time news conference on his 100th day in office, Mr. Obama called the government in Pakistan, where army forces are at war with Taliban insurgents who have been advancing on Islamabad, “very fragile.” Pakistan’s leader, President Asif Ali Zardari, is to visit Washington next week, and American officials have been pressing his government to be more aggressive in battling the insurgency.

“I am more concerned that the civilian government right now is very fragile,” Mr. Obama said, because it lacks the capacity to deliver services like health care and the rule of law. “As a consequence,” he added, “it’s very difficult for them to gain the support and loyalty of their people.”

Mr. Obama also hit back at critics including former Vice President Dick Cheney, maintaining that harsh interrogation techniques used by the previous administration did not yield any information that could not have been obtained through other means. SOURCE


HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE ENTIRE 100 DAY OBAMA PRESS CONFERENCE

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