Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy Reminds Us That All Politics Is Local

Ahead of the Presidential debate on foreign policy between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we take a look back at stories surrounding the issues.

They say that all of politics is local. No matter how big of an issue, it somehow affects those who live in communities like ours. The final debate scheduled for Monday night at 9 p.m.between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will focus on foreign policy.

The biggest foreign policy issue for the last three presidential terms has to be terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As the candidates debate foreign policy, Patch looks back at some of the stories we covered on the local effects on the community of the America's ongoing wars.

Hauppauge Family Welcomes Home Soldier
A Hauppauge family has welcomed home a U.S. Marine froma recent deployment with full fanfare. 

Two Hauppauge widows of 9/11 first responders said President Barack Obama's announcement of Osama bin Laden's death on Sunday night brought them a sense of justice, but not closure. 

Video: 9/11 First Responder Reacts to Osama's Death
Nesconset resident John Feal was one of many first responders from the Hauppauge area who rushed to Ground Zero nearly 10 years ago when two planes struck the World Trade Centers in an attack organized by terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. So, for Feal, President Barack Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death on Sunday was emotional. 

Flag Brings Pride to Montessori Minds Preschool
An American flag from the front line of battle in Iraq has found an unusual home at Montessori Minds Preschool in Hauppauge. 

Visual Reminders of 9/11
President Barack Obama's announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden Sunday night brought new wave of emotions for Hauppauge residents who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.

World War II Vet Recieves Long Overdue Bronze Star [PHOTOS] 
A Hauppauge World War II veteran received an honorary award on Friday morning, a recognition he waited more than a half century to receive. 

9/11 Responders Memorial Unveiled in Nesconset
The 9/11 Responders Remembered memorial wall was unveiled Saturday morning at Gibbs Pond Road and Smithtown Boulevard. Many felt, for the first time, they finally had fitting tribute honoring their loved ones on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

9/11 Responders Remembered at Innovative Stone
More than 100 gathered at Innovative Stone's Hauppauge offices on Motor Parkway for an intimate Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Sept. 8. The ceremony centered massive 20 ton Freedom Tower Cornerstone


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