Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan where he signed a co-operation agreement with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, which offers support after American troops leave the country in 2014. Soon after Mr Obama left Kabul a bomb killed seven people.
Mr Obama's trip was also part election politicking. He went to Afghanistan amid a political row in America on the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by American special forces that was sparked by Mr Obama's public doubts as to whether Mitt Romney would have been as committed to hunting down al-Qaeda's leader. Republicans moaned that Mr Obama was turning national security into a partisan issue, something which is usually considered their department.The think that makes the Economist different is that it does not just recycle press releases or act as a de facto campaign publication. Instead, it actually points out the rubbish that spews forth with such enthusiasm from both the red and blue teams.