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Hillary : Al-Qaeda Watching US Election

imageDOVER, New Hampshire (AFP) — Hillary Clinton on Monday warned that Al-Qaeda watched US elections, urging Americans not to risk electing an inexperienced president, in her latest implicit swipe at rival Barack Obama.

In one of her most overt plays of the national security card yet, the senator from New York noted that days after Gordon Brown became British Prime Minister, militants planted bombs which failed to explode.

"I don't think it was by accident that Al-Qaeda decided to test the new prime minister," Clinton said here, referring to two devices which did not go off in London and a car which was crashed into Glasgow airport in June.

"They watch our elections as closely as we do ... they play our allies."

The former first lady's comments day before the New Hampshire primary, in which Obama is poised according to opinion polls to inflict a second damaging defeat on her White House campaign, after his Iowa caucuses victory last week.

"Let's not forget, you are hiring a president not just to do what a candidate says he or she will do in an election," Clinton said.

"You are hiring a president who will be here when the chips are down, and problems pile up, because that's when you really need somebody who knows exactly what has to be done, to make the tough decisions."

"I hope I don't face any of those in my first 100 days, but if it do, I think I will be ready," Clinton said.

Clinton has argued that Obama, a 46-year-old freshman senator from Illinois is too inexperienced to serve as US commander in chief, and held up what she says is her own years of experience at the pinnacle of US public life.

Obama has discounted her claims to have foreign policy expertise, and argued that her foreign policy judgement is faulty, after her vote in the Senate in 2002 to authorize President George W. Bush to wage war in Iraq.

Last month, former president Bill Clinton made a pointed reference to the September 11 attacks in 2001, arguing that the next president had to be ready for sudden, national security challenges.

"You have to have a leader who is strong and commanding and convincing enough ... to deal with the unexpected," he was quoted as saying by the Washington Post in New Hampshire.

"There is a better than 50 percent chance that sometime in the first year or 18 months of the next presidency, something will happen that is not being discussed in this campaign," he added.

 

IN BAHASA

Kandidat capres Partai Demokrat Hillary Clinton memperingatkan pemilihnya jika pemilu presiden AS diincar oleh organisasi teroris Al Qaeda untuk dikacaukan. Untuk itu, dia meminta warga Amerika tidak memilih capres yang tidak berpengalaman.Pernyataan serius ini dilontarkan Hillary di depan pendukungnya dalam kampanye di Dover, New Hampshire, Senin (7/1/2008), seperti dikutip AFP. Senator asal New York itu kemudian mengungkapkan, Al Qaeda pernah berniat meneror Inggris di hari ketika Gordon Brown menjadi perdana menteri Inggris menggantikan Tony Blair.

"Saya pikir itu bukan merupakan kebetulan ketika Al Qaeda ingin menguji PM yang baru," ucap Hillary mengacu pada penemuan bom di London dan Glasgow yang gagal diledakkan pada Juni 2007 lalu."

Mereka (Al Qaeda) mengincar pemilu kita," imbuh mantan Ibu Negara itu.

Komentar Hillary ini memang secara tidak langsung ditujukan kepada Obama yang menang di Kaukus Iowa pekan lalu.

Hillary pun kemudian mengumbar janji. "Janganlah lupa, kalian sekarang mendengar seorang presiden yang tidak melakukan sesuatu yang hanya dijanjikan oleh para kandidat jika terpilih.

Kalian mendengar seorang presiden yang akan berada di sini, ketika semua masalah masalah muncul. Karena itulah kalian membutuhkan seorang presiden yang mampu mengambil keputusan yang sulit," ucapnya.

Meski begitu, Hillary mengatakan dia tidak berharap jika terpilih nanti akan menghadapi kesulitan tersebut dalam 100 hari pertamanya memimpin. "Tapi ketika itu terjadi, saya akan siap," tegasnya.

Hillary kemudian berpendapat, menurutnya sosok Obama yang baru berumur 46 tahun sangat tidak berpengalaman untuk menjadi pemimpin AS, sesuatu yang menurut Hillary dimilikinya selama ini.

Sementara sang suami mantan Presiden AS Bill Clinton juga menyebutkan hal yang sama. Dikutip dari Washington Post, mengacu pada serangan teroris 11 September 2001, Clinton menyebutkan, presiden AS berikutnya harus siap mati untuk menghadapi tantangan keamanan yang mengancam AS.

"Kalian harus memiliki seorang pemimpin yang kuat dan sangat meyakinkan... untuk menghadapi sesuatu yang tak terduga. Selalu ada peluang diatas 50 persen dalam tahun pertama masa kepemimpinan presiden berikutnya akan terjadi sesuatu yang tidak pernah dibahas saat kampanye," ujar Clinton.

 

 

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source : AFP, detik

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