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Romney Hires Real Hunter Cofer Black

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BLACK OPS Romney, Cofer (inset)

The same week Mitt Romney pooh-poohed the importance of capturing Osama Bin Laden, he announced that former top counterterrorism official Cofer Black was joining his campaign as an advisor. It's nothing if not a unique pairing of a square-jawed Mormon who fibbed about his hunting exploits to appear rugged and a pudgy-faced bad-ass super spy who caught Carlos the Jackal and vowed to President Bush after 9/11 that Al Qaeda members would have "flies crawling across their eyeballs."

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Even more interesting is the apparent daylight between their views on Bin Laden. In an interview, Romney said capturing Bin Laden would achieve only "a very insignificant increase in safety" and that it was "not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

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