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The foreign policy section seems weak--I'm surprised Kessler couldn't find more egregious instances of misrepresentation and exaggeration in a political debate. Kessler's first example:Romney said that Obama went around apologizing to the world and Glen Kessler's fact check was "Obama's foreign remarks are often misquoted. Frequently his sentiments are similar to what George W. Bush expressed overseas." Romney didn't say "unlike Bush, Obama went around apologizing to the world," so the Bush comparison is kind of a red herring. And no one would deny that Obama is generally more critical of America than previous presidents. There's a WSJ article about President Obama's "apology tour." Kessler's second example: Bachmann claimed that Obama wanted to shrink Israel back to the 1967 borders. Glen Kessler corrected her by saying that Obama suggested the 1967 borders be used as the basis for negotiation and landswaps determine the final borders. (Obama's actual quote: "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.") The fact that the 1967 borders be used as a basis for negotiation means that Israel will be dramatically reduced in size, which has serious implications for the nation's ability to defend itself. Bachmann wasn't correct in her statement, but she wasn't wrong in pointing out that Obama is changing US-Israel relations and making the US a more impartial actor in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
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