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Romney accuses Obama of disrespecting the troops.

Published August 16, 2007 3:20PM (EDT)

Here's former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- last heard equating his sons' work on his presidential campaign to service in Iraq -- attacking Barack Obama for saying that the United States needs more troops in Afghanistan "so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians":

"It's an extraordinary statement, a disappointing statement. He has now, how many times, three or four, five times, said many things that he must badly recognize as being a huge error, bad misstatements ... [H]e has shown that he has just not given his words careful enough thought. I think it is dispiriting to our troops. It is disrespectful of our troops to say such a thing. The only people who say things like that are people on the other side of this issue."

Or people who are telling the truth. Not that it matters -- to Romney, anyway -- but the Associated Press confirms that "Western forces" in Afghanistan have, in fact, "been killing civilians at a faster rate than the insurgents have been killing civilians."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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