While sharing a similar ideology, al-Qa'eda and the Taliban are fundamentally distinct entities. It would behoove Sen. Obama, and his Republican counterpart, to explain exactly who the "Taliban" are they plan to fight.
Both Obama and McCain have an opportunity to change the meaning, of what "I am an American" has come to signify around the world. For the sake of our national security, it can't come a moment too soon.
The Right can't have it both ways on this one; they can't hector Obama about not traveling the world, then carp when he does. They certainly can't refer to a politician's travels as being political. That label is as obvious as it is inaccurate.