Republicans are jumping all over an Obama administration report that raises the specter of disgruntled veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aiding domestic terrorists.
The Homeland Security analysis, which surfaced last week, concluded that the recession and Obama's election is fueling a resurgence of right-wing extremist groups and that angry veterans might "boost the capabilities of extremists ... to carry out violence."
"The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war is being replicated today," the report said.
In a new web video, the Republican National Committee sarcastically offers a "Right and wrong 101" tutorial to the White House, saying that Obama might need a reminder because of his "radical background."
"Lesson number one: Heroes are not terrorists," the announcer says.
The video then goes on to detail the differences between terrorists and members of the military -- and how ordinary Americans feel about both.
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