From battleships to bayonets, President Obama tried to give Mitt Romney a lesson in foreign policy in Monday night's final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. However, just hours before the debate began, the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found Obama's national security lead over Romney had dwindled to a dead heat at 47-46 percent.
"One of the two candidates was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden and enjoys popularity overseas, while the other one bungled a European trip and has a thin résumé when it comes to international issues," wrote Sean Sullivan in Monday's Washington Post. "But based on the latest numbers, it would be difficult to tell one from the other."
Like in the second debate, Obama came out aggressive from the get-go, spending most of the night attempting to give Romney a lesson in foreign policy. It seemed somewhat of a flashback when four years ago, GOP nominee John McCain, a decorated war hero with years of foreign policy experience sought to school the new Illinois senator with no foreign policy experience. more >>
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan argued Sunday that the current unrest in the Middle East is the result of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.
"We're seeing the ugly fruits of Obama foreign policy unravel on our TV screens," Ryan said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview. "Syria – you got 20,000 dead people. Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon. The Middle East peace process is in shambles and we have our flags being burned all around the world. Russia is thwarting us at every stage in the process. This is a weak foreign policy with terrible results, which makes us less safe."
On foreign policy issues, surveys indicate that voters prefer Obama. When a recent Pew Research Center poll asked registered voters which candidate would do better at "making wise decisions on foreign policy," 53 percent answered Obama while only 38 percent answered Mitt Romney, a 15 percentage point advantage for Obama. more >>
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) continued to criticize President Barack Obama Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" for using the office of the president to campaign for reelection rather than focus on governing.
"The president and I have a very good relationship. As a result, I try and avoid personal attacks on the president. But, let me say something. The president is getting some very bad advice from his campaign team, because, he's diminishing the presidency by picking fights, going after straw men every day," Boehner told host Candy Crowley.
The accusation was not new for Boehner. more >>
Two copies of an English version of the Holy Bible were found in the building where Osama bin Laden spent his last days and was killed by U.S. forces, Pakistani officials revealed on Tuesday night.
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the al-Qaida leader was shot dead by U.S. Navy SEALs last May, is being demolished this week. A number of interesting discoveries have been made among the rubble, however.
Among them are cleverly hidden radios and two copies of the Bible, but different theories exist about why the extremist Islamic leader, who waged a holy war against the U.S., would have Bibles in his possession. Certain passages have apparently been highlighted in different colors, leading some Pakistani intelligence officials to believe that they might be coded messages referencing future terror attacks, The Times of India reported. Pakistan's ISI security service is conducting further investigations on the texts in question. more >>
Americans have been urged to proceed as normal despite word of "credible" terror threats circulatIing in the news since late Thursday afternoon. The question remains whether Americans will continue with their plans to honor 9/11 victims amid the threat of a possible terrorist attack.
Yesterday, U.S. officials announced a potential terror threat from al-Qaida militants. According to reports, three men (one of whom may be a U.S. citizen) entered the United States in mid-August from Pakistan. They may or may not have something to do with a reported threat of vehicle bombs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement stating that the threats come from "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information." more >>
Al-Qaida is “on a steady slide,” according to John Brennan, White House counterterrorism chief. Brennan told The Associated Press Wednesday that the killing of al-Qaida’s latest second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, in Pakistan last week was a “huge blow” to the organization.
This comes just months after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May.
"Al-Qaida is sort of on the ropes and taking a lot of shots to the body and the head," Brennan said. more >>