WASHINGTON - In a blunt statement, US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama blamed Afghanistan for failing to address the deteriorating situation in the war-torn country, saying President Hamid Karzai had not got out of a 'bunker' to rebuild the Central Asian nation. Senator Obama, who is to travel to the Middle East and Europe later this month, stated in an interview with CNN that President Hamid Karzai's government remains confined in a bunker. "I think the Karzai government has not gotten out of the bunker and helped to organise Afghanistan and government, the judiciary, police forces, in ways that would give people confidence," he told the network. "So there are a lot of problems there," he remarked in the interview to be telecast in full on Sunday. Obama's remarks drew immediate fire from Republicans who accused him of being "naively out-of-touch with reality and offensive to America's allies." The Senator said if elected as president of the United States he would focus on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to correct the situation. "A big chunk of the issue is that we allowed the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to regenerate itself when we had them on the ropes. "That was a big mistake and it's one I'm going to correct when I'm president," he said. Obama described the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul as another sign of a 'severe deterioration' of security in Afghanistan. In the interview with CNN, Obama also said that Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden should be executed, if he is ever captured alive.