ABC News: Obama Gets Benefits, Not Blame, of Troop Surge And it was McCain who owns the first big gaffe of the trip -- appearing to confuse Iraq and Afghanistan. Asked by ABC's Diane Sawyer Monday morning whether the "the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent," McCain responded: "I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border," said McCain, R-Ariz., said on "Good Morning America." Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border. Afghanistan and Pakistan do.