This ad steps up the attacks on Obama's judgment. It is a very powerful message to hear Obama saying that US troops were "just air-raiding villages and killing civilians". It is hard to counter such a short and poignant quote that will no doubt bring up memories of how troops were treated circa Vietnam war. Talking your way around this beyond saying that it was a very bad joke is also difficult. It is hard to say it was a mistake if you do not self repudiate the comments at the moment of making them. That means you are left with the choice of standing behind the statements or admitting you made a mistake; neither of which will play well with the public. It will be interesting to see what Obama will do in the face of this, or if he will just try to ignore it all together.
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