McCain: Obama Has No Experience in National Security, Warfare

Mar 31, 2008 6:48pm

ABC News’ Bret Hovel Reports: Speaking to reporters as part of his biograhipic tour, Republican Sen. John McCain attacked Democrat Barack Obama for what he called a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the history of national security and warfare in the twentieth century.

The critism of Sen. Obama, of Illinois, was some of the sharpest language to date that McCain has used against his potential general election opponet.

"Well then in all due respect he does not understand the elements, the fundamental elements of national security and warfare," McCain said, when he was asked about Obama’s comments earlier in the day. Obama had said that McCain’s had not offered a clear definition of what could be viewed as success in the war torn country.

McCain went through a litany of 20th century conflicts and the American military bases they begat, including bases in Korea, Germany, Japan and Kuwait.

Obama, he said, "displays a fundamental misunderstanding of history and how we’ve maintained national security, and what we need to do in the future to maintain our security in the face of the transcendent challenge of radical Islamic extremism. And I understand that because he has no experience or background in any of it."

He said he is not worried about Obama’s interpretation of McCain’s infamous "100 years" comment catching hold with the American people.

"No I think the American people are smart enough to figure that out. And I underst- they’ll understand over time if they don’t know that he has no experience or background on these issues."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded with a statement. "Barack Obama doesn’t need any lectures from John McCain, who has consistently misunderstood American national security and the history of the Middle East in arguing for an invasion and 100-year occupation of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.

Instead of spending trillions of dollars on permanent bases that the Iraqis don’t want and that won’t keep the American people safe, Barack Obama will end the war in Iraq and finally press Iraq’s leaders to take responsibility for their future."

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