Obama, McCain Camps Trade Fire on Foreign Policy

Democrats blasts GOP strategy on Iraq; McCain aides says he's naive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2008 7:10 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. speaks during a town hall meeting with students at Wayne County Community College in Taylor, Mich. Tuesday, June 17, 2008.   (Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – A defiant Barack Obama said today he would take no lectures from Republicans on which candidate would keep the US safer, a sharp rebuke to John McCain's aides who said the Democrat had a naive, "September 10th mindset" toward terrorism. Obama said Osama bin Laden is still at large in part because President Bush's strategy toward fighting terror has not succeeded.

"These are the same guys who helped to engineer the distraction of the war in Iraq at a time when we could have pinned down the people who actually committed 9/11," he said. "It's exactly that failed foreign policy I want to reverse." He was responding to blasts from the McCain camp regarding his talk of using the justice system to prosecute terrorists. "Senator Obama is a perfect manifestation a September 10th mindset," said one. "He does not understand the nature of the enemies we face."