Thursday, November 08, 2007

Biden Calls For "New Approach to Pakistan"

This morning at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, Sen. Joe Biden delivered a major foreign policy address calling for a "new approach to Pakistan." Below are excerpts from the speech.

"But unlike Iran, Pakistan already has nuclear weapons.

"It is hard to imagine a greater nightmare for America than the world's second-largest Muslim nation becoming a failed state in fundamentalist hands, with an arsenal of nuclear weapons and a population larger than those of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea combined.

"To prevent that nightmare from becoming a reality, I believe we need to do three things:

"First, deal pro-actively with the current crisis. Second, and for the longer term, move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy that gives the moderate majority a chance to succeed. And third, help create conditions in the region that maximize the chances of success, and minimize the prospects for failure."

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