Foreign policy debate failures

A couple of thoughts on the presidential debate on foreign policy:

1) For the two candidates to discuss foreign affairs and never mention the European financial crisis and the possible collapse of the euro zone was completely irresponsible. That is the moderator’s fault, but at some point someone should have said:

“You know, we’re wringing our hands on Iran and Afghanistan. We’re upset with China. We’re giving our stock answers on Israel, but if the the euro falls apart, we’re going to go into a recession that’s going to make the past five years look like boom times. So we should be focusing on that very real possibility and stop spewing on these side issues.”

But no one did.

2) If Mitt Romney was going to agree with everything President Obama was doing, why bother having a debate. The only time Romney came up with an original thought was when he referred to the Navy and 1916. And Obama completely sunk his battleship with his answer:

Of course, Sean Hannity, the Borg queen over at Fox News, has a retort:

“Some of our troops rode horses in Afghanistan and the Marines still carry bayonets. Maybe someone should tell the President how the military actually works.”

Given that when Hannity speaks, the Borg collective reacts, expect to hear this bit of stupidity in the days to come.

Terrorist watch

Mahmoud Amadinejad, the president of Iran, went to the U.N. recently and spouted out his usual nonsense that the U.S. was secretly behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Here’s how ridiculous that conspiracy theory is. Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 9/11 plot, says he’s an idiot:

The latest issue of the terrorist group’s English-language magazine Inspire, quoted in the Iranian media (via The Guardian), says:

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government,” the article said, according to Iranian media. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

So wrapping this up: Mahmoud Amadinejad is being called an idiot by al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda has a magazine.

Watch your back

Osama bin Laden is dead. Finally.

While the American population was being distracted by ego-maniacal carnival barkers, tea baggers and Fox News mouthpieces, our Kenyan-born, birth-certificate hiding, socialist, fascist, communist secret-Muslim president was busy tracking down the murderer whom the Mission Accomplished cowboy from Texas let get away.

But this story isn’t over. We still have soldiers risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, places we wouldn’t still be in if W. had been a competent president. And we learned today that our allies in that region are stabbing us in the back.

Bin Laden wasn’t hiding in a cave. And he wasn’t in a remote inaccessible corner of the mountains of Afghanistan being protected by radical religious fanatics. He less than 100 miles away from the capital city of our Pakistani allies. And he was in a luxury mansion down the block from a military academy … the Pakistani equivalent of West Point.

The Pakistan government knew where bin Laden was all the time. Pakistan’s military was protecting the murderer of thousands of people worldwide. That’s the reason why the U.S. didn’t let Pakistan know what was going on in Obama’s manhunt for Osama until the very last minute.

We cannot trust Pakistan. And since that country has nuclear weapons, we have to keep the thought in the back of our minds that if there is a nuclear threat to America today, it isn’t coming from Iran.