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Matthew Duss (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (Foundation for Defense of Democracies, daveedgr.com)

On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Daveed talk Benghazi. Daveed argues that reports of Al Qaeda’s death have been greatly exaggerated. What did Al Qaeda learn from Iraq about governing? They move on to the presidential debate—was Candy Crowley right to factcheck Romney? Daveed and Matt describe what they’d like to see in Monday’s foreign policy debate, and highlight a big divide between Romney and Obama on international institutions. Plus: Daveed explains why the first debate was much better than the second.

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Foreign Entanglements | Oct 19, 2012 | Matthew Duss & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

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