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Ethelk2044 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-07-07 07:25 AM
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Obama: I never called for invasion of Pakistan or Afghanistan
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SIOUX CITY Comments he made regarding sending U.S. troops into Pakistan stayed with Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama for a second week.

When Obama returned to Sioux City on Monday for the second time this year in his pursuit of the presidency, the second question from the audience was from a man who wanted Obama to explain what he meant last week in comments about sending troops into Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Obama said there was misreporting of his comments, that I never called for an invasion of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He said rather than a surge in the number of troops in Iraq, there needs to be a diplomatic surge, and U.S. troops should be withdrawn within a year.

Further, the U.S. senator from Illinois said, if there were actionable intelligence reports showing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the U.S. troops as a last resort should enter and try to capture terrorists. That would happen, he added, only if the Pakistani government was unable or unwilling to go after the terrorists.

Obama said bin Laden had a hand in training terrorists who killed more than 3,000 Americans in the 9-11 attacks, and therefore bin Laden should not be able to feel complacent and train more terrorists.

Does that give you what you need? Obama asked.

The man responded, Thank you.

Battling a few disruptions from the crowd, Obama kept his composure while spending three-fourths of the hour event at Irving Elementary School on answering questions.

The majority of his prepared remarks centered on his quest for change in Washington, D.C., to throw over the influence of lobbyists who have disproportionate influence and stand in the way of real change Obama contends Americans want in health care, energy and supporting rural communities.

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