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Campaigning in Afghanistan: Death Toll at 7

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Fouad Ajami asks “Can Obama Run on His Foreign-Policy Record?”

The answer is that we are certainly going to find out is he can do so successfully because yesterday’s campaign trip to Afghanistan proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the president will try to do so.

Don’t believe me. Believe CNN’s Don Lemon, who during the trip tweeted out yesterday “Wow. Prez in Afghanistan onbin laden anniv. No better campaigning than that. How will GOP respond?” When I replied “By agreeing with you,” nothing came back from Don. Too much honesty in a tweet from a CNN anchor probably wasn’t appreciated at the White House, but it was a campaign trip, and it shows that every fair-minded and honest observer knew it to be so.

Fine. Will it work?

Michael Mukasey most definitely doesn’t think so, and I agree with him in this Townhall column that highlights the most important parts of my interview with the former AG on yesterday’s show.

Mukasey is angry. So are a lot of special operators and their families, friends and supporters. The use of the pronoun “I” is never very attractive in a presidential address, and especially so when the topic is the courage of the military and especially of those in the service at the tip of the spear. The folks in uniform won’t say a word to the MSM, but their retired colleagues speak out. Read this conversation with an exSEAL Team 6 commander and reach your own conclusions.

Mukasey used the term “another overreach.” Fiasco might be a better word, especially with the death toll from the trip now at 7. POTUS apologists will say that the trip and the attack are unrelated, but that is of course nonsense. The Taliban don’t like victory dances, especially from surrendering opponents.

Mitt Romney took the right approach yesterday: Sadness and resignation to a 100% politicized president infecting everyone and everything with his ambition for re-election. The few people who haven’t made up their minds already? Yesterday pushed them to Romney, even as it ought to push serious people to supporting the Romney campaign today. We just cannot afford another four years of this president.


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