We’ve seen the presidential (or at least, trying to appear presidential) candidates’ last dance. Video and transcript are here for your pleasure should you wish. And if you consider that a pleasure… And of course, should you doubt my assessment. Be free in doing that!
We will leave the determination of ‘who won’ to the pundits and ultimately, voters. Instead, we’ll concentrate on the substantive content, on what was said that was important for American voters or just Americans, to know. Identifying that is easy: nothing whatever.
Having exhausted that subject, let’s consider instead, what wasn’t said that should have been:
Neither candidate explained how he will deal with America’s deficits and debt, now crippling the economy. Well, but this debate was foreign policy, right? It was so billed, but both dancers tiptoed off the subject a lot.
Neither explained how he will rescue the middle East from its ongoing chaos or deal with the apparent takeover of the ‘Arab Spring’ by Islamists all over the place. Both made their expected obeisance to ‘helping Israel’ and if the President’s fingers were crossed, he kept them off camera. China’s aggressive moves into the China Sea were ignored, too. Nothing meriting discussion there! Then, haven’t we been hearing something about an E.U. financial crisis? Nothing important obviously, as a throwaway line about Greece was as close as it got. Nothing to see there, either. Nor in Mexico, where drug kings now out-cartel U.S. banking and are becoming players in our country. Oh, and what exactly does either candidate plan to do about Iran’s nuke plans? Didn’t hear that, either. Maybe all those foreign thingys are considered either beyond our limited comprehension? Or perhaps, subject to security classification beyond our clearance level? Dunno, but they didn’t come up, right?
What did come up? Nothing you’ve not heard before. Nothing important to running this country unless you believe in using glittering generalities for navigation. Nothing that indicated either candidate was addressing grown-ups. From a voter’s standpoint, mostly a waste of expensive prime time, seemed to me. You can decide for yourself, November 6th.
Seems like a puerile way to run a country with over 300 million souls in it…