It's no wonder the Romney camp was bent out of shape this week. Not only did Obama challenge his opponent's manliness; he also kept the nation focused on Afghanistan rather than on the sorry state of the economy, where Romney stands a better chance of scoring points.
Obama has every right to point out the progress he's made in the fight against al-Qaida and the promises he's kept in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he's got every right to challenge Romney for apparent inconsistencies.
But that's what campaign debates are for. When the president wants to commemorate an act of military valor, he should keep politics out of the mix.
Doyle McManus is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Readers may send him email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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