Obama: Situation in Afghanistan is precarious

July 20, 2008 8:50:08 AM PDT
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says the situation in Afghanistan is "precarious" and "urgent." In an interview broadcast Sunday during his first trip to Afghanistan, Obama said the U.S. needs to start planning now to send in more troops. He has called for an additional one to two brigades - or about 7,000 troops - to be sent to Afghanistan to help counter a resurgent Taliban and quell rising violence.

Obama told CBS News that Afghanistan has to be the central focus in the fight against terrorists.

He said the Bush administration allowed itself to be distracted by a "war of choice" but now is the time to correct the mistake.

Obama also sat down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged continued aid to the country.