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But officials say the administration, with weeks until the presidential election, is weighing whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on Al Qaeda is worth the risk that such strikes could elevate the group's profile in the region, alienate governments the U.S. needs to fight it in the future and do little to slow the growing terror threat in North Africa.

What that doesn't say is that they're weighing it against the payoff value of having Obama go on TV saying, "Today, under my direction, Special Operations forces that I handpicked for the mission and trained myself are following my orders to take out al Qaeda targets that I designated,".
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