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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:35 PM

Obama security record gives GOP few openings

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By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press 29 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's not-so-secret counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia, the killing of Osama bin Laden and strong hints of a cyber war against Iran give Republicans few openings to challenge the commander in chief.

This aggressive national security policy has undercut the derisive label Republicans have successfully attached to Democrats in the past: the soft-on-defense Mommy Party. It has been one of the most effective election-year cudgels for the GOP. Just eight years ago, President George W. Bush capitalized on his tough response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Iraq's Saddam Hussein to win a second term. In a major assist to Bush's candidacy, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth used debunked claims to undermine Democratic rival John Kerry's decorated Vietnam War record and cast him as "unfit to serve."

In the past 3 years, Obama has waged a secret campaign against al-Qaida in two countries one on the Arab peninsula, the other on Africa's east coast. The White House officially acknowledged the lethal attacks in Yemen and Somalia in its semiannual report to Congress last Friday. Navy SEALs took out bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011 while armed drones have pursued al-Qaida terrorists within the country, degrading the terrorist group.

In public opinion polls, Obama gets high marks for his record on national security, a stark contrast to his dismal numbers on handling the nation's finances. An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in May found that 64 percent approved of Obama's handling of terrorism and 53 percent approved of the way he's managing the situation in Afghanistan. By contrast, less than half approved of his handling of the economy (46 percent), unemployment (48 percent) or gas prices (30 percent).

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:54 PM

1. That's why they are trying to Swiftboat him. It won't work, though. And 46% on the economy

and 48% on unemployment seem pretty good considering how it's doom and gloom being reported daily. And gas prices are going lower and lower, so I think his numbers will improve.

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Response to NNN0LHI (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:02 PM

2. He does what he knows is best for National Security but he buckles to Republicans

when it comes to Domestic matters....What is wrong with this picture?

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:11 PM

3. He caved to Repubs. by passing the repeal of DADT, not enforcing DOMA, passing

the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, allowing young undocumented citizens to stay here, etc.?

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Response to jenmito (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:16 PM

4. Who am I going to believe? Bandit or my lying eyes

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Response to NNN0LHI (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:17 PM

5. Your lying eyes...

and me.

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Response to jenmito (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:10 PM

6. Bush* tax cuts, Health Insurance Plan with Republican Mandate, I can name as many

where he caved as you can where he didn't... I can only hope he does better in his second term...

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Response to Bandit (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:32 PM

7. He extended those tax cuts in order to pass the START Treaty, the repeal of DADT, and more.

You said, "...but he buckled to Republicans when it comes to Domestic matters." I showed examples of him NOT caving.

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