Is it bad timing or irrelevant?
President Obama's campaign today released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq. It turns out that today has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that country.
A wave of attacks throughout Iraq - IEDs, explosions, and gunmen - has resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.
Yesterday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda's top leader in Iraq, released an audio message announcing, "We are setting off a new stage of our struggle, with the launch of a plan named 'breaking the walls.'"
On the other hand, none of the dead appears to be American - which may be all that U.S. voters, and many policymakers, care about.