July 15th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama calls for more attention on Afghanistan


Watch Obama calls Iraq war a distraction.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday called the war in Iraq a "dangerous distraction," and said more emphasis must be placed on the battle in Afghanistan.

"As should have been apparent to President Bush and Sen. [John] McCain - the central front in the war on terror is not Iraq, and it never was," Obama said in what his campaign called a major policy address on Iraq, Afghanistan and national security.

Watch: Obama: We will lead again

Obama said part of his new strategy will be "taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

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  1. RON democrat turned independent

    give obama time and he'll tell us how the surge was his idea from the start. did you hear him say he would have all of iran's neighbors join him in putting pressure on Iran to curb their nuclear power. as this man no shame when, Clinton proposed that same tactic he made fun of it. he is one sick puppy, all he can do is spend spend spend. he is so hooked on it, his venues are getting larger and larger. he is constantly having press conferences and making speeches to tell us how much he will give give give . hello, we are almost broke as it is so who who who is going to pay for it. taking troops out of Iraq to send to Afghanistan will not be free. just because you stop fighting in Iraq doesn't mean you stop paying your troops,. and filling our obligations elsewhere . who who who is going to pay for that. what a joke

    July 15, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Javid Radfar

    It seems senator Obama fails to comprehend the situation in Middle East. The whole world, including the United States, is involved in a war against terrorism. There is a conception that if United States withdraws its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, eventually the Americans will be immune from terrorist attacks. This, by far, is the most incorrect conception one could have. Premature Withdrawal will only help the extremists to settle fanatic regimes in those countries. Subsequently, those regimes will provide safe heavens for terrorist organizations and the results will be more attacks on US soil.
    Westerners must learn; there is no geographical barrier for terrorist activities. If the terrorists are not eliminated, sooner or later they end up on your backyard; just like 9-11. Senator Obama does not have the ability to lead Americans against the terrorism.

    July 15, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |

    Texas Trail Dog–They can afford to wait until the cowards of America folds up and go to sleep again on their porches waiting for another wine cooler or malt liquor beer watching for the mailman for their welfare checks that are going to be much larger if OBAMA GETS INTO OFFICE..
    SAY DOG..... I don't Drink nothing but Kool AID now... Got my GED TOO........Mr Obama gave me HOPE I can be anything I wanna be
    KEEP HOPE Alive got that from my boy Jessie.....and Trail dog put all that anger under your feet and walk on by in other words Chill!!!

    July 15, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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