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Romney Playing With Fire on Afghanistan

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, reacts to supporters at his Florida primary primary night rally in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

February 2, 2012
Mitt Romney's sharp criticism Wednesday of President Obama's newly planned troop withdrawal in Afghanistan raises a thorny question for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee: Why is he intent on aligning himself with such an unpopular position? The answer might lie in a candidate willing to lose a battle to win the war. 
The Republican front-runner, speaking at a rally in Nevada, said the Obama Administration showed "naiveté" when Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the country will end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013. 
"He announced that so the Taliban hears it, the Pakistanis hear it, the Afghan leaders hear it," Romney said of Panetta during a rally in Las Vegas, according to CNN. "Why in the world do you go to the people that you are fighting with and tell them the day you are pulling out your troops? It makes absolutely no sense."
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