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On the Record

Counterterrorism a Strong Suit for Obama in Reelection Bid?



A soft economy has cemented the focus of the 2012 presidential election on economic issues, with little attention paid to national security, a topic often considered a Republican strength. But with Osama bin Laden dead and no new terror attacks during his term, President Barack Obama isn’t seen as weak on the war on terror. Dan Byman, a senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and Campaign 2012 Project Director Benjamin Wittes break down Obama’s counterterrorism record in his first term, and how it will be characterized in the election.