Other than my previous objection to Senator Obama’s past comments, I think he did pretty well on this part of the trip.
I don’t have a problem with US Senators meeting with foreign leaders, so long as they are doing so with the approval of the State Department (hear that, Nancy Pelosi?). Senator Obama’s meeting with President Karzai was good for America overall. I think it is appropriate for a sitting US senator to act as an ambassador and help strengthen our alliances.
The only complaint I might have is this:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged steadfast aid to Afghanistan in talks Sunday with its Western-backed leader and vowed to pursue the war on terror “with vigor” if elected, an Afghan official said.
-From the above linked AP article
My opinion is that Presidential candidates should not be making “if elected” commitments to foreigners (hear that, John Kerry?). The only people any US Presidential candidate should be making “if elected” promises to are the American people. Like Senator Obama has said himself, he is travelling as a US Senator, not as a presidential candidate.
However, based on the way the AP article is written, he may have been quoted out of context. If anyone knows where to find the full quote or a transcript of the meeting, fill us in.