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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 03:13 PM
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Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 03:15 PM by cal04
By Mark Murray

Earlier today, we briefly mentioned Mitt Romney's op-ed in the Union Leader, which criticized President Obama on the economy.

But this paragraph won't bolster the one-term governor's foreign-policy or national-security credentials. (Emphasis below is ours.)

Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history. With its failed stimulus package, its grandiose new social programs, its fervor for more taxes and government regulations, and its hostility toward business, the administration has made the debt problem worse, hindered economic recovery and needlessly cost American workers countless jobs.

As Steve Benen points out, the U.S. is currently engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is involved in a multinational effort in Libya.
First, the "biggest peacetime spending" binge? I realize Romney struggles to keep up with current events, but this isn't "peacetime". There are still wars ongoing in Afghanistan and Iraq, and U.S. forces joined coalition partners in an offensive against Libya last month. Sure, foreign policy and national security aren't Romney's strong points -- remember that humiliating op-ed he wrote on nuclear arms policy? -- but as slow as he is on the uptake, I'd like to think he knows what "peacetime " is, and what it isn't.

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