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Barack Obama's Challenge to Pakistan "Important," Says Lee Hamilton '52

August 3, 2007

Lee Hamilton Testifies.jpgAugust 3, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - U.S. Senator Barack Obama's tough comments toward Pakistan, delivered in a Wednesday speech, are getting some support from Lee Hamilton, the 1952 DePauw University graduate who co-chaired the Iraq Study Group. Obama asserted that, if elected president, he would consider using military force to target terrorists in Pakistan if that country's president, Pervez Musharraf, does not take action.

"His challenge to Musharraf to get rid of those sanctuaries is an important one, and I happen to be very sympathetic to that point of view," says Hamilton. "We have to take out these sanctuaries, and if (Gen. Musharraf) doesn't, we must."

Obama's remarks, which drew criticism from fellow Democratic Barack Obama Capitol.jpgpresidential candidates Joe Biden and Christopher Dodd, were delivered in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Hamilton is the president of the Center and introduced Senator Obama.

Read more in Pakistan's Daily Times and access video of the lecture here.

Lee Hamilton offered his observations on U.S. policy toward Iraq in a July 22 story.

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