October 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The third presidential debate was tonight (Oct. 22) and was ostensibly about foreign policy. A few quick thoughts.
Where was Benghazi? Schieffer broached it, Obama danced around it and Romney didn’t nail him on it. Why?
I guess Obama wasn’t that bad on a performance basis. It was mostly the same old crap. As Romney said: “Attacking me is not an agenda.” His whole “…the ’80s called…” snarky bit came off petty (and mostly wrong). By the way, we still use bayonets and horses (see: Afghan terrain). Also, bin Laden, bin Laden, bin Laden! Plus I don’t know how taxing “rich” people more and spending (wastefully) more is supposed to reduce the deficit.
Romney, I think, held his own pretty good. He seemed versed on the issues. I do think he should have embraced defense cuts (we can’t knock $50B/yr out of $1T/yr?). That way he can say “we’re willing to cut spending we like (and which I might add is an actual function of the federal government) why won’t you?” Spending is our biggest problem.
I think Bob Schieffer was OK. I guess I can’t hate too much.
Overall I don’t think Romney’s foreign policy is going to be all that different, which is a shame. He may have clearer vision than Obama (I don’t really know what our foreign policy is now) but there wasn’t much different going on in the debate. Ugh…