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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Henry Carey
It's been through a rough four years, and it no longer rules the global marketplace as it once did, but the U.S. economy proved once again that it knows how to dominate a presidential campaign.
The eagerness for Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return shows that the former slum priest remains a powerful symbol of hope for millions, even if others dread the return of instability that Haiti suffered under his rule.
"Generally, when you're looking at a peacetime election or something close to a peacetime election, the economy will take up more space than foreign-policy issues, or any other issue for that matter," said Henry Carey, a political scientist at Georgia State University who has worked on four national political campaigns. "Many of the big noneconomic issues — whether Iran gets the bomb or what to do about North Korea and the Arab Spring — are more theoretical than actual dangers, and so they're hard for either candidate to exploit."