President Obama says Libya operation cost less than two weeks of war in Iraq
CRS: In 2008, Pentagon's obligations in Iraq reached average of $5.12 billion every two weeks
Pentagon, CRS say cost of U.S. portion of 2011 military operation in Libya was more than $1.6 billion
President Barack Obama asserted during Monday’s presidential debate that it cost the United States less to help oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi than it did to run two weeks of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq
Obama, debating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, made the comment while touting his decision to involve the United States in a NATO no-fly-zone operation that helped rebels overthrow Gadhafi over seven months in 2011.
The statement: Obama: “Keep in mind that I, and Americans, took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to – without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq – liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years.
The facts: We can attempt a comparison by examining the Defense Department’s spending on the two operations.