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Obama kicks off trip in Afghanistan

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shakes hands with service members Friday at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, at a stop ahead of his visit to Afghanistan.

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shakes hands with service members Friday at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, at a stop ahead of his visit to Afghanistan.

July 20, 2008


— Barack Obama visited Saturday with U.S. troops and Afghan officials in this war-weary nation, which is the focal point of his proposed strategy for dealing with threats to the U.S. if elected president.

While officially a part of a congressional delegation on a fact-finding tour expected to take him to Iraq, Obama was traveling Saturday amid the publicity and scrutiny accorded a likely Democratic nominee for president rather than a senator from Illinois. Security was tight and media access to Obama was limited by his campaign, and his itinerary in the war zones was a closely guarded secret.

The official visit, whose timing was kept secret because of security concerns, dovetails with Obama's much-hyped campaign-funded trip next week to meet with U.S. allies in Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England, and with the Palestinians.

Obama, dressed in light khaki colored trousers and a checkered shirt with his sleeves rolled up, and others in the delegation received a briefing inside the U.S. base in Jalalabad from the Afghan provincial governor of Nangarhar, Gul Agha Sherzai, a no-nonsense, bullish former warlord.

"Obama promised us that if he becomes a president in the future, he will support and help Afghanistan not only in its security sector but also in reconstruction, development and economic sector," Sherzai told The Associated Press.

The area where the meeting took place is not far from where Osama bin Laden escaped U.S. troops in 2001 after his al-Qaida terrorist group led the attacks on Sept. 11. With the ousted Taliban regime resurgent and given the al-Qaida goal of terrorizing the U.S., Obama has argued that the war in Afghanistan deserves more attention as well as more troops.

Obama's first overseas tour since securing the Democratic nomination - he is scheduled to travel to Europe through next week - could be key to honing his foreign policy strategy with less than four months before the election. His rival for the presidency, Republican Sen. John McCain, has criticized Obama for not spending more time in the region and for developing a policy without more firsthand knowledge.

In that vein, Obama was expected to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai today.


Scott Drummond 9 years, 9 months ago

No, Nancy. The military is over-represented by blacks and hispanics, the majority of whom will likely support Obama over John "Hell No, We Ain't Celebrating No MLK Day" McCain. It'll be a nice twist from the nonsense the corporate media usually spouts about how the military always supports the repug candidate. And, of course, the media is going to cover the vibrant, young Obama in Europe and the Middle East. What is McCain doing? 7/21 - Maine Finance Reception7/22 - Maryland Finance Reception7/24 - Ohio Finance Reception7/29 - Nevada Finance Reception7/31 - Washington DC Finance ReceptionEwwwwww, how exciting. Guess when you don't have the broad base of support and small contributions of a viable candidate you have to spend a lot of your time begging for money. Hopefully they include lots of nap time for him too!

james bush 9 years, 9 months ago

Geez h chist!( obama! messiah!) The press is doing its best at electing obama the next president!

Centerville 9 years, 9 months ago

This is too weird. Is it to obscure the fact that he was AWOL from the foreign relations committee that he was assigned? I mean, is getting your picture taken in foreign countries meaningful?

Scott Drummond 9 years, 9 months ago

Yawn, same old carping from the 20% crowd. Weren't these the same folks who two weeks ago were spewing the talking points about how he'd never been there, etc.... Blah, blah, blah....Funny though, how a picture is worth a thousand words. One look at the picture accompanying this article and it dawned on me that Obama will likely win the military vote this election. Oh yeah, for all the kooks.....if you click on the expanded version of the picture you can see that Obama is clearly wearing some sort of wacky, communistic terrorist bracelet. I give Faux "News" about 5 days to float some sort of nonsense about his wearing it.

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