Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Magical Mystery Tour

Obama to Visit Europe, Mideast
By AMY CHOZICK -- The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama plans to visit Europe and the Middle East this summer, an attempt to ease heated Republican criticism over his foreign policy and national security credentials.

The Obama campaign announced Saturday that the presumptive Democratic nominee will visit Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. Aides said they can't reveal exact dates due to security reasons but by most accounts the trip will occur in mid-July.

"This trip will be an important opportunity for me to assess the situation in countries that are critical to American national security and to consult with some of our closest friends and allies about the common challenges we face," Sen. Obama said in a statement.

. . . Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey, who is advising the McCain campaign, said last week Sen. Obama has "an extremely dangerous and extremely naïve approach toward terrorism."

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