Obama National Security

June 19, 2012 - 4:09 PM
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2012, file photo. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., gestures during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama’s not-so-secret counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia, the killing of Osama bin Laden and strong hints of a cyber war against Iran give Republicans few openings to challenge the commander in chief. Republicans, who have successfully pummeled the president on the economy, have made little headway on national security. "There’s nothing like success to quell criticism," said Connolly. "I think the fact that there have been some successes, ranging from spectacular, Osama bin Laden, to the utter decapitation of al-Qaida to the disruption of violent insurgencies in Yemen, Somalia ... western parts of Pakistan has done much to quiet some of that criticism. ... I think the Republicans are very hard-pressed to criticize that aspect of the president's foreign policy." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)