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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Speaking from Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, President Obama said that "this war has taken longer than anticipated."

"One year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden," he added.

President Obama is set to address the nation tonight from Afghanistan at 7:30 PM EST. Here a few excerpts from what he will he say in his speech:

“Already, nearly half the Afghan people live in places where Afghan Security Forces are moving into the lead. This month, at a NATO Summit in Chicago, our coalition will set a goal for Afghan forces to be in the lead for combat operations across the country next year. International troops will continue to train, advise and assist the Afghans, and fight alongside them when needed. But we will shift into a support role as Afghans step forward.

 

As we do, our troops will be coming home. Last year, we removed 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer. After that, reductions will continue at a steady pace, with more of our troops coming home. And as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014 the Afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country.”

 

 

“My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al Qaeda.

 

This future is only within reach because of our men and women in uniform. Time and again, they have answered the call to serve in distant and dangerous places. In an age when so many institutions have come up short, these Americans stood tall. They met their responsibilities to one another, and the flag they serve under. I just met with some of them, and told them that as Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder. In their faces, we see what is best in ourselves and our country.”

 

 

“As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it is time to renew America. An America where our children live free from fear, and have the skills to claim their dreams. A united America of grit and resilience, where sunlight glistens off soaring new towers in downtown Manhattan, and we build our future as one people, as one nation.”

 

 

“This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.”

 

Mitt Romney is holding an event with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in New York today. Andrea Saul, Romney spokeswoman, tweets these images of the two pol's picking up some pizzas for the firemen they are scheduled to appear with.

 

President Obama's campaign website has released a new infographic highlighting Mitt Romney's assets around the globe.

Mitt Romney has invested his money around the world, from the Cayman Islands to Ireland to Australia. We don’t know if he’s using these accounts to avoid paying his fair share in taxes, but we do know that in 2010, Romney’s tax rate was a startlingly low 13.9%. This means Romney pays a lower tax rate than many teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other middle-class Americans—even a lower rate than most other millionaires.

Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense to President George W. Bush, took to Twitter to criticize the White House for touting President Obama's decision to go after Osama bin Laden while suggesting Mitt Romney wouldn't have done the same. 

The "special operators" Rumsfeld refers to below are presumably the Navy SEAL units that carried out the operation.

 

In a preview of a NBC Nightly News interview scheduled to air on Tuesday, former Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen told Brian Williams that he worries "a great deal" about the politicization of the death of Osama bin Laden.

"Well, I worry about it, just because it's the political season," said Mullen. "And from my perspective, the president's support, the decision that he made, and obviously, the result stand alone in terms of the kind of call presidents have to make and he made it. I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risk their lives--the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I'm hoping that that doesn't happen."

Mullen served as Chairman from 2007 until his retirement last Septmeber.

Watch the preview below:

 

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Mitt Romney on Tuesday morning criticized President Obama for politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden, per the Washington Post:

“Of course I would have. Any thinking American would have ordered the exact same thing,” Romney said. “The idea to try and politicize this, ‘Oh, President Obama would have done it one way, Mitt Romney would have done it another,’ is really disappointing. Let’s not make the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden a politically divisive event…let’s not use this as a political football.”

At a presser with the Japanese Prime Minister in Washington on Monday, President Obama was asked about Mitt Romney's past comments indicating that he (Romney) didn't think it was worth going after Osama bin Laden. Here's the president's response:

"I just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of what they thought was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden," Obama said. "I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they would do something else, then I would go ahead and let them explain it."

Watch the video:

 

 

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