CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions
October 23rd, 2012
06:57 AM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Comparing costs of Iraq, Libya missions

(CNN) - 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

Obama, debating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, made the comment while touting his decision to involve the United States in a NATO no-fly-zone operation that helped rebels overthrow Gadhafi over seven months in 2011.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F

    In addition to the money for getting rid of Ghaddafy in a little over a month versus a 9 year war in Iraq, it was done without the loss of a single soldier. The cost of human life as well needs to be taken into account in both cases.

    October 23, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  2. A Kickin` Donkey

    NONE of the neo-con WARMOnGERS can hold a candle to Mr. Obama.

    The removal of the long time nemisis of the US will go down as a WAR COLLEGE case study on the highly efficient removal of a dictator Including ZERO loss of American lives.

    Doea any citizen think that McCain, Palin, Romney, Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Gingrich, Bush, Santorum, Pawlenty, etc., could have even strategized Libya the way Mr. Obama did? Not even close. Amazing that the GOP just doesn`t roll over and acknowledge the President`s superiority.

    October 23, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. NameJW

    I guess Gov Rodney has run out of lies,which his son painted on obeys. Gov. Rodney looks Presidential,until he unravel right in front of your eyes,on policys he knows nothing about,unless some one tells him. He has went so far to the left,he's pass obama. He has a nice family,and quit looking for money,and power. You have been blessed by using people. Blessed by satan

    October 23, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bllions in defense spending for modern day technology, droons, etc. and yet in Iraq we spent 9 years with boots on the ground. Defense contractors aka Halliburton et al were paid billions our American soldiers paid with their lives and we still have no answer as to why we were lied to by the Bush administration about WMD's in Iraq but the finger points back to Bush/Cheney/Halliburton. Remember on 9-11 the attack started in the air, not on the ground and yet in response we put boots on the ground, come on people, we're smarter than that.

    October 23, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Wire did you not see/hear about what happened on 9/11 or how they attacked the same embassy building in June? But you're right there needs to be accountabloty when it comes to human lives.

    October 23, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    If I remember correctly , the gop was trashing Obama over the libyan mission at the time every day ,but his policy proved secessful and now the gop wants to claim credit for it .we can't dectate what happens in other countries like the gop claims and romney ,so far ,would have us in wars all over the world.send your sons first you fool!!!!

    October 23, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |