From NBC's Andy Merten
Although the McCain versus Obama storyline has now veered back toward the topic of al Qaeda in Iraq, the likely GOP nominee last week previewed what could be a general-election talking point. Trying to cast doubt on the foreign policy credibility of the junior senator from Illinois, McCain told a crowd of supporters last Tuesday that he did not trust Obama's policy toward Pakistan and his willingness to strike at known terror targets without permission from Islamabad, if necessary.
But just how far from the status quo is Obama's position toward the nuclear-armed state, which is a known sanctuary for al-Qaeda terror cells? It turns out that Obama, whose platform of change has become the cornerstone of his campaign, may actually be more in line with the Bush administration than either McCain or Hillary Clinton. Still, both have been citing a foreign policy speech he gave last summer to criticize him.