Friday, January 23, 2009

Gibbs Says He Isn't Going to Talk About Pakistan Today

Swamp: There are reports from Pakistan that missiles, presumably from a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV, have killed 10 people in that nation's tribal region across the border from Afghanistan.

If these missiles were indeed fired from a U.S. aircraft, they would represent the first such strikes (that we know about) of President Barack Obama's new administration.

Some Pakistanis had hoped the new U.S. president would halt those attacks started during the Bush Administration in which the CIA targets suspected al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. The strikes have reportedly sometimes killed innocent civilians, outraging many Pakistanis and prompting continual protests from the government.

It strikes me as odd that Obama would authorize a strike on Pakistan so soon. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this but according to Robert Gibbs, it won't be today: