From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier today, we noted Clinton surrogate Evan Bayh arguing that the Bhutto assassination showed the need for electing a president with "seasoning."
Well, courtesy of Time, here's top Obama strategist David Axelrod seeming to link Bhutto's death and the Iraq war. "Bhutto's death will 'call into issue the judgment: who's made the right judgments,' Axelrod said. 'Obviously, one of the reasons that Pakistan is in the distress that it's in is because al-Qaeda is resurgent, has become more powerful within that country and that's a consequence of us taking the eye off the ball and making the wrong judgment in going into Iraq. That's a serious difference between these candidates and I'm sure that people will take that into consideration.'"
Later on, via CNN, Axelrod appeared to back away from that comment. "'I believe our policies in Iraq have had a direct impact on events in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but I would not suggest there is a straight line relationship between the events of today in Pakistan and anyone's particular vote,' he said. 'What I was pointing out was the difference in judgment at the time. Obama thought that the war would have a negative impact in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that seems relevant right now.'"