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Post-show Thoughts: Foreign policy and 2012 politics

David Gregory analyzes this morning's Meet The Press including comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the end of the war in Iraq and the death of Moammar Kadhaffy.

Two major events overseas shifted the country's attention to foreign policy this week: the capture and killing of Libyan leader Moammar Kadhaffy, and President Obama's announcement that all US troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

When asked what effect these foreign policy accomplishments will have on the 2012 elections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told me, "Americans are going to want to know that they have a steady, experienced, smart hand on the tiller of the ship of state, and there's no doubt that that's Barack Obama."

Also, this morning marked the sixth installment of our Meet The Candidates series with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). This week, the Congressman unveiled his economic plan that, in part, would abolish five government agencies. Paul says this can be done without hurting any Americans and, "if the role of government is the constitutional approach you can't keep spending like this."

Watch our entire broadcast on our website to see more of my conversations with Secretary Clinton and Congressman Paul. Plus, our political roundtable weighed in on the jobs bill and the 2012 election.

Also, you can watch my other Meet The Candidates interviews on our website. Here's last week's interview with Herman Cain

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet The Press.