Obama's Middle East Tour Continues

July 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Barack Obama is in Jordan Tuesday where he'll meet with King Abdullah.Barack Obama has wasted little time during his trip to Iraq, meeting with U.S. troops, and meeting with the top American commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, who openly disagrees with the candidate's plan to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from the country within sixteen months. "We play different roles. My job is to think about the national security interests as a whole, and to have to weigh and balance risks, in Afghanistan , in Iraq. Their job is just to get the job done here," said Obama.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Nightline, Obama maintains he would not have supported last summer's troop surge despite its success. "What I am absolutely convinced of is that at that time, we had to change the political debate, because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with."

Rival John McCain, while paying a visit to former President Bush in Kennebunkport, wasted no time attacking Obama. "It was the surge that succeeded. It is the surge that is winning this war," said McCain.

At a rally in South Portland, a fired-up McCain lashed out yet again. "He said it would fail and he refuses to this day to acknowledge it's succeeded. And my friends that's what judgment is about. That's why I'm qualified to lead and I don't need any on the job training."

The next country on Obama's itinerary: Jordan. He arrives there Tuesday morning and he will dine with King Abdullah before leaving for Israel.