Obama calls Iraq war a 'dangerous distraction' - CNN.com Sen. Barack Obama called the war in Iraq a "dangerous distraction" Tuesday and said more emphasis must be placed on the battle in Afghanistan. "As should have been apparent to President Bush and Sen. [John] McCain, the central front in the war on terror is not Iraq, and it never was," Obama said in what his campaign called a major policy address on Iraq, Afghanistan and national security. Obama said that part of his new strategy will be "taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan." Shortly after Obama's speech, McCain attacked the Illinois senator's opposition to the surge policy in Iraq and highlighted his own proposal for victory in Afghanistan. Read what McCain says about Obama's plan "Sen. Obama is departing soon on a trip abroad that will include a fact-finding mission to Iraq and Afghanistan. And I note that he is speaking today about his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan before he has even left, before he has talked to Gen. [David] Petraeus, before he has seen the progress in Iraq and before he has set foot in Afghanistan for the first time," McCain said. "In my experience, fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: First, you assess the facts on the ground; then you present a new strategy." Not only does Obama speak well, he can see into the future. With his telepathic abilities he was able to ascertain exactly what he will find in Iraq and Afgan. then he promptly laid out his Iraq and Afgan. plan.