National Security Brief: U.S. Safer Than It Was 4 Years Ago

— The AP reported this weekend: “As Americans debate whether they are better off now than they were four years ago, there is a similar question with a somewhat easier answer: Are you safer now than you were when President Barack Obama took office? By most measures, the answer is yes.”

— President Obama’s campaign pounced on the GOP presidential ticket after Mitt Romney said that his running mate’s decision to vote for the sequestration deal was a “big mistake,” saying Romney and Paul Ryan had “tripped over their answer.”

— The U.S. has handed over formal control of Bagram prison to the Afghans. President Hamid Karzai hailed the move as a victory for Afghan sovereignty.

— CNN reports that U.S. military officials have concluded that parts of a new book detailing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden are not accurate.


— International sanctions have driven down Iranian oil exports by 45 percent in July as the Islamic Republic has turned to the private sector in an effort to look for new ways to circumvent the sanctions.