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Obama slams McCain over foreign policy

world Updated: Aug 22, 2008 10:38 IST

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Slamming his rival Republican John McCain, Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama has questioned the foreign policy of the veteran leader, saying from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan he has been wrong.

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The Illinois Senator said in Virginia that at the beginning of Iraq war he had pointed out that this was a bad idea as the war would cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives and fan the flames of anti-American sentiment.

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On Afghanistan, I have said for years that is the central front on terrorism. And we need to go in and go after Osama bin Laden... And the Taliban... But John McCain said, well, we can just muddle through in Afghanistan...." he said.

And now, Afghanistan has become more deadly than Iraq. Bin Laden and his cohorts have bases in the hills between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they are planning attacks against American soldiers and targets. So, he was wrong and I was right," Obama said.

"I said that, because bin Laden was in Pakistan, in those border regions, that we should stop supporting Musharraf, who doesn't seem to be willing to take on those terrorists. And if we got Osama bin Laden in our sights, that we should go ahead and take him out. But McCain said, you're suggesting we bomb an ally. Except it turns out that almost everybody now agrees that, because Pakistan has not done everything it needs, we've got to put much more pressure on them, and that we should go after those terrorists," he said, adding "He was wrong, and I was right."