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Obama’s Views on Defence
Obama is much willing to cut defence expenses in his pursuit of a more balanced budget. He already has introduced $487 billion in cuts for the Department of Defence for the next 10 years, mostly by ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The budget changes also reflect a part of the administration’s “pivot” toward Asia. Obama ordered and closely supervised the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, insulating him from traditional conservative attacks on Democrats as weak on national security. Obama’s increased use of drone strikes in counter-terror operations is controversial in some scholarly circles and in Pakistan, but not among the general public of America.
Romney’s View on Defence
In contrast to Obama’s “pivot” toward Asia, Romney has emphasized the importance of America’s traditional allies, especially Britain and Israel. Despite his aggressive attacks on the size of the deficit, he has also pledged to increase defence spending. He has criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, pledging to do more than the President has to stop the Iranian nuclear program.