Hello readers! The night has finally arrived and thankfully, because I AM SICK OF THE ELECTION. There, I said it. If you’re still undecided, WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO KNOW that you can’t Google about the candidates??!!!??!
Ok, I feel better having gotten that out.
Foreign policy wonks await with bated breath the messy, shout-y, hopefully factually correct debate in just a few hours. I will not be live-blogging the debate tonight and instead exercising my snark via Twitter (@RestlessRani or tune in to this page on the bottom right).
I will also be writing up a final analysis piece will post the link here!
I’ve heard/seen a lot of people who feel foreign policy doesn’t matter in a US election. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Do you buy goods made in China? Do you know how much of your tax dollars are funding fighting in Afghanistan, where children and American soldiers face incredible danger? Do you fuel up your car? Everything is related. Foreign policy is a complex dance requiring a cool head without being cold, a deep understanding of history and relationships without jumping to conclusions without accurate assessment of the current situation.
No doubt, Romney will call Obama an appeaser and apologist. Obama will counter with his history of drone strikes, aggressive counter-terrorism strategy, and Osama bin Laden. Romney will mention the debacle of the Benghazi tragedy – both sides have handled that badly. Obama will certainly bring up Romney’s comments regarding labeling China as a currency manipulator on Day 1 of his Presidency. I hope the supposed President Romney plans on getting rid of all the electronics in the White House should that happen. Absolutely ridiculous statement when the US economy would be in even further trouble without China. Obama will need to be clear, however, on his plans for Afghanistan. What happens if the Taliban retake Kabul in 2014?
In preparation for tonight, here are some reads/videos I thought were interesting: