That's what McCain calls Obama in his new ad. Palin used this line in the debate. It's part of the negative tsunami they are now unleashing on Obama, for lack of any positive message:
Here's an LA Times article from last month about air-stikes in Afghanistan. We rely heavily on aerial bombing in Afghanistan, this has caused many civilian causalities, and popular support for an American presence in Afghanistan has fallen markedly as a consequence. Acknowledging these facts isn't an act of disrespect towards our soldiers. From Fact-Check.org:
The Associated Press fact-checked this one, and found that in fact U.S troops were killing more civilians at the time than insurgents: "As of Aug. 1, the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286. Another 20 were killed in crossfire that can’t be attributed to one party." Afghan President Hamid Karzai had expressed concern about these civilian killings, a concern President Bush said he shared.
Whether Obama said that this was "all we're doing" is debatable. He said that we need to have enough troops so that we're "not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians," but did not say that troops are doing nothing else.
Running a war so you can smear opponents at home is not the same as running a war so you can win against the real enemy. And that's the national security choice in this election.
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