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2008-07-16 12:00:42

By Larry Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 16--Barack Obama, soon to depart on a tour that will include America's war zones, sparred with John McCain yesterday over U.S. policy in Iraq while expressing agreement over several aspects of what to do in Afghanistan. Both candidates said they supported giving more nonmilitary assistance to the Afghan government, deploying thousands of additional U.S. troops there, and working to create an economy that did not rely on the drug trade....

2008-07-16 09:00:38

Barack Obama's initial opposition to the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq is gone from the likely Democratic nominee's Web site, a review of the site indicated. When U.S. President George Bush ordered the surge in January 2007, Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, said he wasn't persuaded the additional military personnel is going to solve the sectarian violence there and would have the opposite effect. Recently, however, he acknowledged the surge helped reduce violence but said he was still is...

2008-07-16 06:00:07

By David Jackson and Kathy Kiely WASHINGTON -- Unveiling a new strategy on Afghanistan, John McCain called for sending thousands more troops there as he clashed with Barack Obama about their divergent foreign policy visions. The Republican presidential candidate proposed deploying three new brigades and a doubling of the Afghan armed forces. McCain said the plan is based on President Bush's escalation of troops in Iraq that Obama opposed. The Democratic presidential candidate "has it...

2008-07-16 06:00:00

By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun Jul. 16--WASHINGTON -- One day after his Democratic rival proposed an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Republican presidential candidate John McCain called for a surge of as many as 15,000 troops to address the deteriorating security situation there. It was the first time that McCain had urged a specific increase in allied troops in Afghanistan and came as the presidential contenders dueled via long distance yesterday over foreign policy. The...

2008-07-16 03:00:07

By John M. Broder, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 16--WASHINGTON -- The two major-party presidential candidates gave speeches Tuesday and sharply disagreed over military strategy. Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said the war in Iraq had distorted America's foreign policy, cost it thousands of lives, tarnished its image and emptied its treasury. A short time later, Sen. John McCain, the probable Republican opponent, said Obama was pursuing a strategy of defeat...

2008-07-16 00:00:06

WASHINGTON _ On the eve of a trip to foreign capitals in the Middle East and Europe, Barack Obama sharpened distinctions with John McCain over Iraq in a lengthy foreign-policy address Tuesday that left no doubt Obama intends to press forward with a policy of reducing U.S. troop commitments to Iraq. While the address did not break significant new ground in Obama's foreign policy stands, Obama provided a detailed explanation of his thinking on Iraq and how his views on the war fit into a...

2008-07-15 18:00:07

John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president, said Tuesday the strategy that worked in Iraq can work in Afghanistan. The Arizona senator, speaking at a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, attacked his likely opponent, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for his views on U.S. policy in the two countries. Senator Obama will tell you we can't win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq, McCain said. In fact, he has it exactly backwards. It is precisely the success of the surge...

2008-07-15 18:00:04

Barack Obama, soon to depart on a tour that will include America's war zones, sparred with John McCain on Tuesday over U.S. policy in Iraq while expressing agreement over several aspects of what to do in Afghanistan. Both candidates said they supported giving more non-military assistance to the Afghan government, deploying thousands of additional U.S. troops there, and working to create an economy that does not rely on the drug trade. The presumptive major-party nominees also called for...

2008-07-15 15:00:00

By John E Mulligan As Sen. Barack Obama prepares to travel to Iraq with Sen. Jack Reed, Republicans question whether the Democratic candidate has softened his stance on a troop withdrawal. WASHINGTON -- As he prepares for his first trip to Iraq as a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama is defending his 16-month timetable for pulling out U.S. combat forces, reasoning in part that it will permit a shift of troops to Afghanistan, which he depicted yesterday as the proper...

2008-07-14 15:00:21

By JOHN E MULLIGAN; Sen John McCain Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has called on a bipartisan pair of Army veterans, Senators Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel, to accompany him to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has called on a bipartisan pair of Army veterans, Senators Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel, to accompany him to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, a tour that could burnish his credentials for the fall campaign against...


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