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-- I would be in a new series on big issues facing the country -- this election year.
First up national security.
And the presidential candidates positions on the war on terror.
Here's senior White House foreign affairs correspondent Wendell -- Both the president and his likely Republican challenger have accused the other of flip flops and bad policy in the war against al-Qaeda and the war on terror.
A year after the death of Osama bin Laden mr.
Obama denies taking political advantage of it.
I hardly think that you've seen any excessive celebration.
Taking place -- Perhaps not -- as the White House but it campaign headquarters in Chicago he approved an ad that asks which path would Mitt Romney -- taken.
And says Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for vowing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan it necessary.
Romney says the criticisms unfair at that mr.
Obama did know more than he would do.
But in 2007 Romney said it was quote not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of -- just trying to catch one person.
The whole week later Romney seem to be on board.
Of course we get Osama bin Laden and track and Marbury has to go and make sure he's -- the president took office promising to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay but congress refused even when Democrats controlled the house and senate.
Romney has said he'd double the size of gitmo would need be and defended enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding which mr.
Obama bandits torture.
They're the end of his first year in office the president grudgingly said another 30000 troops to Afghanistan I do not make this decision like.
He also didn't make the deployment open ended mr.
Obama announced in 2011 the surge troops would be backed by the full of this year.
But -- blamed the deadline on politics and promised that's president a different course.
I'll order a full review of our transition to the Afghan military.
To secure that nation's sovereignty from the tyranny the Taliban.
Still polls -- dwindling support for the longest war in US history though even some Democrats question the Afghan army's ability to stand on its own.
And -- -- surprise visit to Afghanistan this month mr.
Obama made clear he'll stick with his timetable.
This time of war began in Afghanistan.
And this is where -- and what governor Romney's foreign policy advisors says the agreement to bring home troops from Afghanistan would be better based on benchmarks than dates but he admits getting the Afghans to agree to that.
Would require a trust that doesn't exist between the two countries now.
-- Wendell thank you first in our series.
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