COLORADO SPRINGS - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday staunchly defended his foreign policy record against Republican election-year criticism that he has overseen a decline in American power in the world.
Addressing graduating cadets of the US Air Force Academy, Obama touted his decisions on pulling US forces out of Iraq, winding down the unpopular war in Afghanistan, and the raid that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden - a record aides hope will counter voter discontent over a fragile economy and high unemployment.
"For a decade, we have labored under the dark cloud of war. Now, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The end of these wars will shape your service and it will make our military stronger," he said in Colorado Springs.
Mitt Romney, Obama's presumptive Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 election, has accused the Democratic president of weakening America on the world stage.