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.
I do not see any grounds for optimism and worry that expectations will be disappointed. . . . I worry that Assad could escalate. One possibility is that Assad could hasten his use of conventional weapons to end the war on his terms.