Don't Mention the War: Obama Video Doesn't Note Afghanistan Conflict

Don't Mention the War

Don't Mention the War

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
April 30 2012 6:23 PM

Don't Mention the War

The Obama campaign's sparkling propaganda video "Forward" has been analyzed to death all day, but one more point: Does anybody else notice a word missing during the short section on foreign policy?

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There's footage of Afghanistan, I think, but no mention of the word or the policy. And any honest accounting of Obama's 2008 campaign promises would have to mention Afghanistan. He campaigned on a troop surge there. Like John Kerry, he compared the "wrong war" -- Iraq -- to the one America should have focused on, and won. In power, after a long period of debate, Obama got the troop surge. And it's not mentioned here, at all.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.