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John Kasich

War intrudes on politics

War intrudes on politics

The major terrorist attacks on Paris have cast a particularly dark shadow over the next American presidential campaign. Both parties suddenly find foreign policy crowding out such domestic flashpoints as immigration reform, income inequality and even the bizarre phenomenon of this season's political outsiders.

The focus for voters is now more than ever on not just the choice of a national leader but also of a new commander-in-chief, as national security at home and abroad is elevated by this latest international atrocity committed by the Islamic State.

President Obama's measured response to the threat drew more fire after his defense at the 20-nation summit in Turkey on...