October 23rd, 2012
05:24 AM ET

Checking Obama and Romney’s facts from Monday’s foreign policy debate

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney exchanged fire on foreign policy and national security Monday in their last debate before Election Day. With tension in the air and undecided voters at stake, each candidate challenged the other's claims and positions. CNN conducted fact checks on each politician’s assertions. Click on the headlines for more.

CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions

President Barack Obama asserted during Monday's presidential debate that it cost the United States less to help oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than it did to run two weeks of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq.

We can attempt a comparison by examining the Defense Department's spending on the two operations.

CNN Fact Check: Romney, Obama and Iraq

Although it has been over for nearly a year now, the war in Iraq continued to be a flash point in Monday night's debate between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"You say that you're not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq," said Obama, a Democrat who opposed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. "But just a few weeks ago, you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. ... You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day."

But Romney, who supported the invasion, said Obama wanted to keep U.S. troops there longer - he just couldn't get the Iraqis to go along.

CNN Fact Check: Romney against 2014 deadline in Afghanistan before he was for it

Afghanistan factored in Monday's third and final presidential debate, which covered foreign policy. At one point, President Barack Obama accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of initially being against a withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

"In the same way that you initially opposed a timetable in Afghanistan, now you're for it, although it depends," Obama said

CNN Fact Check: Is al Qaeda's core decimated or is group growing?

During Monday night's foreign-policy focused presidential debate, President Barack Obama made the case that al Qaeda in Pakistan is decimated while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney argued they are on the rise in other countries. CNN looked for the truth in each candidate’s commentary.

CNN Fact Check: Obama went on an apology tour, Romney and others say

The contention that President Obama apologized to other nations for American behavior has been mentioned repeatedly by his critics, including Mitt Romney.

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August, Romney said, "I will begin my presidency with the jobs tour. President Obama began his with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No, Mr. President America has freed other nations from dictators."

Obama said the apologizing claim "has been probably the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign."

CNN Reality Check: Nuclear Iran

CNN's Tom Foreman looks at claims Obama and Romney made about Iran and the country's threatening nuclear capacities.

CNN Reality Check: Is Russia our biggest foe?

CNN's John Berman looks into Pres. Obama's claim that Gov. Romney said Russia is America's biggest foe.

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    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a b!tch and a tramp!!

    October 23, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
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    We continue to be of the opinion that India is a zero sum event in history and that a break up of sorts is the optimum way to maximize its potential for the people. The current events in India reinforce our belief that the inevitable implosion of India has begun and the beginning of the end state is upon us. Whether that will be nirvana that most of us believe it will, is yet to be seen. But this we will say. This defragmentation of India will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and Europe and help pull them out of current recessionary malaise. We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the people of India and its neighbors.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  3. American People

    Just show us your Tax returns for the last 20 years Willard. You are a criminal for not disclosing your income from off-shore accounts on your tax returns. That's why you don't show us.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  4. FactsChecked

    Indian you are so right ..we know how american tax payers are paying for terrorist country who likes to shoot 14 year old girls and jail 15 year old xtian down syndrome girl

    October 23, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply

    Obama kicked some mitt rottens arss pretty well
    Obama 2012

    October 23, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
  6. michaelfury

    Check these facts, CNN:


    October 23, 2012 at 7:22 am | Reply
  7. saeed

    usa and britain have lost at every level lenovo is the biggest computer producer to day it has surpassed hewlett pakerd samsung has surpassed nokia in the mobile phones toyota has surpassed gm as the biggest car producer even at technology usa and britain have lost china have a space station that it sent 3 chinese to 3 weeks to this year usa and britain have 0 spacestations china has its own spacecraft china sent a submarine 5 times over a dept of 7000m in the marina trench usa and britain cant even build a sub that dives that deep. even at war usa and british soldier are losers they are getting killed in afghanistan and iraq and now they are pulling out because they are weak. so its so easy usa and britain are getting ass raped by a chinese 1ton horse thats the reality.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply

      kid .. you know nokia is not british or american right? and stop bending down for china ..pull ur salwaar up ..chinks dont care about ur stinky arss ... you guys are gd at making world records for most chapatis ever made lols.. do something productive rather then begging and living off usa aid .. pakistan is 6th failed nation and by 2019 will be number 2 after somalia 🙂

      October 23, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply

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