Another debate, another party. This one concerned foreign policy, “Which, the network exec explained, is something no one cares about — unless we declare war on Lindsay Lohan.” (Washington Post) What was missing from this debate, to my mind, was an explicit admission that American power is limited. It would have been refreshing to have one of the participants say “Fidel Castro is still in power, 50 years after we first tried to get rid of him, 90 miles off the Florida coast. So we shouldn’t be too confident of our ability to influence events on the other side of the globe.”
Both candidates ducked the hard questions, e.g., are you willing to cut and run in Afghanistan if it is obvious that the puppet government won’t last beyond 2014? Obama seemed more realistic about what we are likely to be able to accomplish. Romney did not persuade me with his “throw money at the military and hostile foreigners will be awed into submission” plan.