Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Debate Recap: Horses and Bayonets

6.54 says it best:
-From a pure politics standpoint, that might be the most one sided debate I've ever witnessed. Romney barely found ways to rephrases Obama's statements before repeating them, which is not a good look. Rather than simply let Romney look foolish on his own, Obama hammered him with condescending line after condescending line, daring Romney to attack him.

-So as much of a "win" as this was in the political realm for Obama, I can't help but think about how much of a loss this was for liberal foreign policy principles in general. The way both candidates agreed on nearly everything and the excitement they seemed to get from imposing "crippling sanctions" on Iran was really gross. The only time Romney seemed to disagree with Obama was actually from the left when he said "we can't kill our way out of this", which is probably the smartest thing he's said during the whole campaign. Remember when Clint Eastwood pretended Mitt Romney asked "why aren't we leaving Afghanistan now?" That would have actually been a good question.

-Because so much of my discussion of this campaign has focused on Romney's constant lying, it's worth pointing out that he was telling the truth about Obama trying to get a status of forces agreement with Iraq, and Obama was lying when he said that they weren't  Unlike our wingnut friends on the other side, I actually wish this was corrected during the debate, because more truth is important, no matter who it helps.

-I hope it's during my lifetime, but at some point in the future, we're going to look back at how all politicians talk about Israel, and be very, very ashamed. We will look as bad as like those who defended apartheid in South Africa, and the amount that it is embraced so completely by both political parties will just make it worse.


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