Democrats are attacking Mitt Romney for failing to praise our troops in Afghanistan in his convention speech. It’s no secret that Romney wants the election to be about the economy, while Barack Obama wants the election to be about whether Osama Bin Laden is still alive.
But attacking Romney for supposedly slighting the troops just strikes me as absurdist theater. Our military knows the score. They can see that the Democratic convention’s tribute video featured Russian ships and Turkish planes. No one at the DNC knew any better.
They remember how Obama said that our troops in Afghanistan were just air-raiding villages and killing civilians. They remember how, once president, he dithered for most of a year over whether to send more troops.
Our troops don’t like him. It’s no coincidence that when Obama gave a speech to troops at Fort Bliss at the end of last month, they sat impassively, waiting for him to finish.
But this isn’t really about the troops. He’s not trying to get their votes; he knows that most in the military will vote against him. In fact his party is suing to make it harder for troops to voting. (Obama’s mouthpieces claim their lawsuit is being misrepresented, but the legal documents make their position clear.)
No, this attack is aimed at persuading voters who support the military, but know little about it, and are gullible enough to buy it.