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By - October 23, 2012

Debate #3-To Tell The Truth…Or Not.

There once was a game show-To Tell The Truth.  In the show the central character is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character.  The goal was to tell which person, out of the 3, was telling the truth, while the others were telling lies.  These debates aren’t too different.  We have had 3 debates, and now we have to determine which was the real Barack Obama.

Debate #3 covered foreign policy, as we are all aware.  When we score it in the end we have to look at what each candidate set out to do and how successful they were at pulling off their goals.

Mitt Romney wanted to appear well informed, calm and Presidential.  I have some issues with Mitt’s performance tonight, but he did accomplish those goals he set for himself.

Barack Obama wanted to be able to get away with obscuring his foreign policy as much as possible and see how many lies the public would believe.

Let’s begin with Mitt’s performance.  I believe Romney left a lot on the table, especially about Libya. Perhaps that was by design to look more presidential than Obama, but Romney tended to have a hug-fest with Obama over many of the issues in foreign policy.  It may have thrown Obama off his zinger-gotcha game. Romney should have at least brought up the threat the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt poise to Israel.  The Brotherhood came to power because the Obama administration did not research the powers in Egypt waiting for an opportunity, the opportunity Obama gave them.  President Morsi has in less than subtle ways expressed an interest in the destruction of Israel.  Terror attacks in Israel will pick up and eventually they will be tracked back to Egypt.

Romney did sound very educated on issues within the world, but is that something that only the politically astute will notice?  I did like his plan for Pakistan and China and felt he understands them better than Obama.

Overall, the fact that Romney agreed so many times with Obama’s handling of certain foreign issues, gives Obama the debate win, but when measuring the economy as an important springboard to projecting foreign policy Romney still wins. And Romeny drove that point home many times.  A stronger America at home, will exalt itself better overseas.

Obama had to get around Libya and Romney allowed the escape.  Obama had to lie: Denying his apology tour, when there exists so much evidence to the contrary.  Obama denied wanting a “status of force agreement of nearly 10,000 troops in Iraq” when the reality is Obama had Biden try to get the “status of force” agreement in place.  Obama tried to force his argument about the “Auto bailout” on Romney, saying Romney was not for government help even if GM and Chrysler went through normal bankruptcy procedures.  Romney never stated what Obama tried to put forth.  Romney was for a normal bankruptcy allowing the free market to handle what it could, then have the government and private equity step in to shore up the remaining companies.  Obama touched on sequestration:  “First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It’s something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen.”  First of all, Obama was a part of sequestration, Bob Woodward wrote of how sequestration came directly from the White House and was forced on Congress.  Then immediately after the debates Obama’s handlers were seriously walking back the “It will not happen”, saying “It should not happen“, quite a difference.

Obama’s most memorable quote from the night:  “But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”  Yes we do have fewer horses and bayonets (marines still use them), but do we need the same level of ships that we had previous to WWI?  We were not a capable Navy then.  Yes, technology is a great thing, but it doesn’t replace lost warships if they get taken out in a battle.  We win wars and battles by having the LARGEST and most advanced military in the world, not by cutting ships down to levels unacceptable for WWI and Obama didn’t even mention the aircraft that are being taking away from the Airforce.  Our Navy is used to allow free trade around the world, unless we wish to be cripple by Somolian pirates again. That might allow Obama to shoot another teenage pirate.

So after watching three different personalities of Obama, I am still scratching my head on which one was the real Obama.  My gut tells me it was the one in the  first debate.  A man-child who is out of his element without his blow horn whipping up a frenzy in the streets of downtown Chicago.  The impostor should up for the next two and squirmed in the spot light hoping he did not have to answer truthfully for his foreign or domestic policy blunders.  He was granted immunity from willing moderators and at times, Romeny.

Obama wold be a masterful contestant on To Tell The Truth. But only with the help he keeps receiving from the national media. Maybe the biggest lie, is the lie being told to the American public outside the debates.  The continued lie about Benghazi and who knew what when.

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  1. Really pleasant to read the views of a person knowledgeable and who is truly concerned about particular interests: and especially outsiders with completely different opinions should concurr with what you have written.

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