At the final presidential debate on Monday night in Boca Raton, Florida, Mitt Romney took a conciliatory stance on foreign policy, only mildly disagreeing with President Obama on a range of issues, including the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, America's role in the Arab Spring, the West's aid for Syrian rebels, and the U.S.'s approach to Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. For much of the debate, it appeared that Romney didn't feel the need to rack up points against Obama the way he did in the first two face-offs. Commentators said Romney was purposely taking modest, middle-of-the-road positions in order to appear more presidential. Obama, for his part, was more than happy to go on offense. In one memorable exchange, he delivered a withering indictment of Romney's allegedly old-fashioned view of military power, saying the U.S. had moved beyond "horses and bayonets."
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