October 22nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET
Washington (CNN) - President Obama may be fighting an uphill battle in trying to turn the nation's ailing economy around, but when it comes to national security his accomplishments are stacking up.
From killing Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to the NATO-led effort that ended in the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, critics who have argued over the administration's foreign policy strategy are offering up muted praise.
The president is quick to point out that his latest move to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, ending the nearly nine-year war, fulfills a campaign promise.
It's a not so subtle reminder to a skeptical public as he battles low approval ratings and works to shore up his base ahead of the 2012 elections.
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