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The truth and what Barack Obama actually said versus the Republican National Committee’s spin of what he said,  Obama statement yesterday regarding Afghanistan

As we predicted this morning, this Obama statement yesterday regarding Afghanistan — “We’ve got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there” — drew a response from the Republicans. “It is hard to imagine that anyone who aspires to be commander-in-chief would say such a thing about our brave men and women in uniform,” RNC chairman Mike Duncan said today in a statement. “Obama owes our armed forces an apology — today.”

Yet the AP has this fact-check: “A check of the facts shows that Western forces have been killing civilians at a faster rate than the insurgents [in Afghanistan]… As of Aug. 1, the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286. Another 20 were killed in crossfire that can’t be attributed to one party.”

Chicken-hawk Republican not only hides behind the troops, but then goes on to exploit them for his own petty political propaganda.