WASHINGTON — Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republican White House rival John McCain for using a heavily guarded trip to a Baghdad market as evidence that Iraq's security is improving.
"The idea that the situation in Iraq is improving because it takes a security detail of 100 soldiers, three Black Hawk helicopters and a couple of Apache gunships to walk through a market in the middle of Baghdad is simply not credible and not reflective of the facts on the ground," Obama said in a taped interview broadcast Tuesday as part of a Democratic presidential forum sponsored by the online community MoveOn.org.
Other participants include Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Chris Dodd of Connecticut; Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
"Obama Challenges McCain on Iraq Stroll"