Clint Eastwood entertained but stretched the truth

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair while addressing delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Clint Eastwood
Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair while addressing delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30, 2012.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

(CBS News) As actor Clint Eastwood ad-libbed through his 10-minute speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, he -- intentionally or not -- took some liberties with the truth. Here's a look at some of the misleading or inaccurate statements Eastwood made as he pretended to berate President Obama on stage.

Romney wants to bring home troops from Afghanistan tomorrow

What Eastwood said (pretending to address Mr. Obama):

You thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We didn't check with the Russians to see how did it -- they did there for 10 years. But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and I think that, when we get to maybe -- I think you've mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home. You gave that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question, you know, he says, "Why are you giving the date out now? Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning?"

President Obama has defended the Afghanistan war as "fundamental to the defense of our people," but he didn't start the war, as Eastwood may have been suggesting -- the conflict started in 2001.

At the end of 2011, the Obama administration pulled 100,000 troops out of Afghanistan, and the U.S. is now committed to keeping combat troops there through 2014 -- and leaving troops on the ground after that to assist Afghan forces. Under Mr. Obama, 23,000 more troops are slated to come home from Afghanistan in September, but Marine Gen. John Allen has said he won't make his recommendation on the pace of further reductions until the end of the year.

War in Afghanistan disappears from campaign discourse

Romney has, as Eastwood suggested, called Mr. Obama naive for agreeing with NATO to end its combat role in Afghanistan by 2014, and he said in July that he opposes the plans to withdraw 23,000 more troops this year.

Still, Romney is far from saying about the troops, "Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning?" Romney's campaign website says, "Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan under a Romney administration will be based on conditions on the ground as assessed by our military commanders."

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