The two presidential candidates traded barbs over their plans for the Global War on Terror Tuesday.
"Senator Obama will tell you we can't win in Afghanistan without losing Iraq," said Republican John McCain. "In fact, he has it exactly backwards. It is precisely the success of the surge in Iraq that shows us the way to succeed in Afghanistan."
McCain said that the commanders in Afghanistan want at least three more combat brigades. He added that thanks to the surge, those forces are becoming available.
Meanwhile, Democrat Barack Obama said that U.S. interests have been hurt, not helped by the surge.
"The Taliban has been on the offensive, even launching a brazen attack on one of our bases," Obama said. "Al Qaeda has a growing sanctuary in Pakistan. That is a consequence of our current strategy."
The Illinois senator concedes that the surge has reduced violence in Iraq. In fact, his campaign scrubbed his criticism of the troop buildup from its Web site.
One Obama spokesperson said the change was made to reflect "current conditions".