2,109 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan, including 245 just this year. Yet Mitt Romney didn't have anything to say about it in the biggest speech of his life. Not one word. Obama called him out on it today.
It's an impossible situation for Romney. Obama's position is that we should carry out a gradual withdrawal finishing by the end of 2014. What can Romney say in response? He of course can't agree with Obama. He can't say we'll be there more or less forever like McCain proposed for Iraq without alienating a huge majority of Americans ready for the war to end. And he can't advocate leaving immediately without losing a chunk of his base. So what does he do but hope to avoid the subject of a war involving the country he hopes to lead?