— While national security issues weren’t prominent feature of last night’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney stumbled when foreign policy was discussed. First, he didn’t say “foreign policy” when asked how he would differ from George W. Bush and moderator Candy Crowley was forced to fact check his false claim that Obama did not refer to the Libya attacks last month as “an act of terror.”
— The Wall Street Journal reports: The founder of Libya’s Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia was at the U.S. consulate compound during the deadly attack here, Libyan officials say, but he remains free a week after those allegations were disclosed to Libyan political leaders and U.S. investigators in Tripoli.
— A European diplomat told the Los Angeles Times that Western governments believe that Iran’s economy “is imploding so quickly that it could essentially collapse next spring under the combined pressure of international sanctions, an oil embargo and internal mismanagement by officials in Tehran.”
— Meanwhile the International Energy Agency says that new sanctions imposted by the U.S. and EU have curbed the country’s oil exports by more than 1 million barrels a day and the New York Times reports that the sanctions “have severely depressed the value of its national currency, the rial, causing higher inflation and forcing Iranians to carry ever-fatter wads of bank notes to buy everyday items. But the sanctions have also presented a new complication to Iran’s banking authorities: they may not be able to print enough money.”
— The Truman National Security Project released a new ad today questioning Romney’s ability to keep the United States safe if he is elected president. Watch it:
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