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In his victory speech, John McCain immediately trained his fire on Barack Obama.

Late Update: TPM Reader DM has a keen ear:

Trying to bring today’s news into his speech tonight, McCain said of Obama “he said he’d bomb our ally Pakistan”.

Unless I’ve missed something, Obama’s remarks about bombing Pakistan were something like : “if we have actionable intelligence on Bin Laden’s location in Pakistan and the government of Pakistan will not attack him, I will take unilateral action.”

The Obama camp should jump on this with both feet. So should the media (I’ll not hold my breath).

Later Update: Ironically enough, the Washington Post is reporting today on just such a U.S. military strike into Pakistan:

In the predawn hours of Jan. 29, a CIA Predator aircraft flew in a slow arc above the Pakistani town of Mir Ali. The drone’s operator, relying on information secretly passed to the CIA by local informants, clicked a computer mouse and sent the first of two Hellfire missiles hurtling toward a cluster of mud-brick buildings a few miles from the town center.

The missiles killed Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior al-Qaeda commander and a man who had repeatedly eluded the CIA’s dragnet. It was the first successful strike against al-Qaeda’s core leadership in two years, and it involved, U.S. officials say, an unusual degree of autonomy by the CIA inside Pakistan.

Having requested the Pakistani government’s official permission for such strikes on previous occasions, only to be put off or turned down, this time the U.S. spy agency did not seek approval. The government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was notified only as the operation was underway, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities.

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