As Ben Smith notes, labeling the images of the sleeping children “Obama TV ad” took some cheek given that his ad lifted them from her “Daisy” spot. As Ben Smith doesn’t note, the cop here is entirely fair: Contra Smith, it is in fact “an obvious task” of Obama’s subcommittee to provide oversight on NATO. Quote:
The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries on the continent of Europe (except the states of Central Asia that are within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs), and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Matters relating to Greenland and the northern polar region are also the responsibility of this subcommittee.
This subcommittee’s responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
Exit question: Why would a man who’s made the “good war” in Afghanistan the centerpiece of his foreign policy platform, who complained on national television not 10 days ago about troops in the field there possibly having to scrounge for weapons, not want to huddle with NATO at some point?