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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:21 PM

America’s wars, military feature prominently at Democratic convention

Source: Washington Post

Elaine Brye is a military mom. Four of her five children are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Her father was a veteran of three wars, her husband an Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam. The couple moved to Kabul the year before President Obama’s election to help an Afghan airline improve its business.

In other words, Elaine Brye is the kind of speaker who used to be featured at Republican conventions.

Her role here Tuesday night — introducing Michelle Obama, whose husband Brye supports — offered a stark illustration of the new place America’s wars occupy in the tight presidential race and the important role those who have been touched by the wars are playing in the campaign.

After decades of defining Republican presidential candidates and their nominating conventions, the nation’s wars were virtually invisible at last week’s GOP gathering in Tampa. Republican nominee Mitt Romney did not even mention the Afghanistan war in his acceptance speech, an omission that drew criticism from within his own party.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/americas-wars-military-feature-prominently-at-democratic-convention/2012/09/04/a10b504c-f6cd-11e1-8b93-c4f4ab1c8d13_singlePage.html

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Reply America’s wars, military feature prominently at Democratic convention (Original post)
alp227 Sep 2012 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Sep 2012 #1
SaveAmerica Sep 2012 #2
onehandle Sep 2012 #3
PavePusher Sep 2012 #5
oldsarge54 Sep 2012 #4
Jokerman Sep 2012 #6
rachel1 Sep 2012 #7

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:26 PM

1. So funny; Repubs thought Obama was vulnerable on economy & forget their reflexive saluting. nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:38 PM

2. And not one mention of Afghanistan at Republican N. Convention

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's work for our servicemembers, their families and Veterans has made me very happy.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 10:40 PM

3. President Obama Killed Bin Laden.

Who did something during the last Republican President's watch.

I forget what.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 11:29 AM

5. Actually, a lot of U.S. and coalition troops killed quite a few bad people during the last admin.

 

Neither President really had much hand in any of these events other than to say "Yes" or "No". And not giving the "Yes" if the target is pinpointed would be tantamount to treason, IMNSHO. As far as I'm concerned, neither political party should be making any kind of hay from these incidents, or claiming any part of the credit.

Sorry, just really sick and tired of the military being used as a political pawn.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 06:05 AM

4. Stands to Reason

Afghanistan does not fit the Republican political mindset. Their idea is that Democrats start wars. How can they talk about Afghanistan when they started it. It doesn't fit the script.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 02:21 PM

6. Both major parties are firmly in the pro-war camp.

It's a sad day for our country when many Democrats would rather keep the killing machine going than chance having someone at Fox news call them weak.

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Response to Jokerman (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 02:47 PM

7. +1

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