So, I missed the first four minutes because my ride didn’t get to me in time.
The first thing I heard was “more moderation from Romney.” I thought he hated moderators.
Really he is talking about how things happened in other countries while Obama was a president.
Obama rebukes by saying that he killed Osama Bin Laden. He is really hammering that. I don’t think it is a bad strategy, I just really don’t care about it.
By the metrics of things that pundits find important things look pretty even so far. And Obama is now talking about what a huge success Libya was. Woo!
Romney subtly alludes to his self-deportation policy. I wonder if it is because he think’s his foreign policy is weak? I don’t really think so. It is pretty much the same as Obama’s, more or less.
Basically, it’s been Romney saying things are bad and Obama saying no, actually they are good. Republican fear mongering…
By the way, Romney wants to do something about Syria? That is a broken promise waiting to happen. Good thing he isn’t going to get a chance to act on it.
Obama grabs him for wanting to use the failed policies of the past (80’s forign policy, 50’s social policy, 20’s economic policy). Good work. That turned the tide.
Romney says that attacking him isn’t a foreign policy. Pretty good defence. Romney is calling Obama a liar now, I guess he figured out that that was a good strategy.
Now they are both calling each other liars. Obama opens himself up for a Benghazi jab by saying that you need to be clear. I wonder if Romney will go after him.
He doesn’t get a chance. The moderator asks about Syria.
Obama says Israel israel israel israel, compares Romney to Bush subtly, and then not so subtly, and then says no he doesn’t want to step in but it is a tragedy.
Romney says that the US should use this as an excuse to take over Syria. He wants to put “responsible people” in government there. Identify “responsible” parties in Syria and put them in power by giving them lots of guns. I’m sure Obama is going to have something to say about that.
Surprisingly Obama says that he is also an imperialist. Centrism can get annoying sometimes. He then talks about how awesome it was that Gaddafi is dead and name-drops Osama Bin Laden some more.
Romney then says how much he could really go for a proxy war with China/Rusia right now, in almost those words.
Obama says a vote for him is a vote for Kennedy, coyly, then talks about how they are pressuring egypt into promoting minority rights, women’s education, and obeying their treaty with israel.
Romney then talks about economy, saying that the US debt is the biggest threat to national security there is. Maybe true, but it isn’t other countries that you have to worry about. Then says that the US has to promote freedom and democracy around the world, and that the US needs to be economically strong inorder to deal with the HUGE expense that that is.