by Fallon Godwin-Butler

The United States is in the midst of an intense political race: the 2012 Presidential Campaign. The main contenders are Democrat incumbent Barack Obama, and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney. As the campaigns progress, a topic to consider is national security.

May 2, 2012 marks the first anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death by the United States’ Navy. This event tightens security on the United States. However, it has also given the political battlefield an unethical standpoint. President Obama’s order to kill Bin Laden is a democratic highlight, one that Romney initially supported.

This occasion has turned into a Lincoln-Douglas debate. Romney has compared President Obama to former Democratic President Jimmy Carter. This is meant to weaken the Obama campaign.

Former President Mr. Carter was a president that worked almost exclusively to promote peace and had a failed military raid in Tehran. This is an unworthy association since it has been pointed out that Carter’s one possible military victory was unsuccessful, whereas President Obama was victorious in his endeavor.

The Obama campaign uses this military attack as a point of stratagem on international security, an area where Republicans usually claim a stronghold. The White House stated that Romney will use obsolete policies concerning defense measures and not react to dangerous situations. He is quoted saying, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

This is a delicate subject to debate upon, and many in the political area, especially aides to Romney, consider “Obama campaign’s highlighting of the raid [has] turned a nonpartisan victory in the war on terror into a crass political ad.”

The face of this race has drastically changed since its inception. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have dropped their bids for the Republican nomination. They both are supporting Mitt Romney. The candidate that is still in the running, but will have a rough road ahead in the primaries, is Ron Paul. The political “soap opera” has yet to come to a close, and the mudslinging is only beginning.