Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 23, 2012, 3:55 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic
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"As we listen to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, it is worth saying that a thoughtful foreign policy isn't about who can drop the most bombs." - Dennis Kucinich
What foreign policy debate? They essentially agreed on drone strikes, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, and more.
In regards to Iran - "I'm glad that Governor Romney agrees with the steps that we're taking. You know, there have been times, Governor, frankly, during the course of this campaign, where it sounded like you thought that you'd do the same things we did, but you'd say them louder and somehow that -- that would make a difference." - Obama
Over and over again Obama and Romney were talking about the "Iranian threat." Both agreed it will not be tolerated and a military option is possible if US demands are not met... as well as they would join Israel if they were to get in a war with Iran. You might have heard that Netenyahu really wants to go to war with Iran. "In fact, this week we'll be carrying out the largest military exercise with Israel in history, this very week." - Obama
Romney started talking about how harsh sanctions would be against Iran under his presidency, then Obama responded and seemed to brag about crippling the civilian economy in Iran. "We then organized the strongest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling their economy. Their currency has dropped 80 percent. Their economy is in shambles." - Obama.
"it's widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that entirely, and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology, and believe that we should continue to use it" - Mitt Romney
Complete disregard to constitutional and international law with no congressional oversight. They never mentioned that about the drones strikes.
Mitt Romney made comments about military spending needing to increase. Obama responds "Military spending has gone up every single year I have been in office." While they might disagree on a set number, both seem to be okay with outrageous war spending. By 2020 a trillion dollars in interest will have accrued on the debts from these wars.
"we'll make sure we bring our troops out by the end of 2014." - Romney agrees with Obama on waiting until it's been 13 years of war in Afghanistan before ending the war and bringing the troops home. No talk on ending the war sooner from either side.
Both agreed on sanctions and funding/arming a rebel opposition. There was a slight disagreement where Obama did mention more needs to be looked into first before they just start giving people weapons. Which is odd because they looked the other way when they helped the "Libyan rebels," some known to be associated with al Qaeda, and bombed civilians in the name of saving civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, mass murders perpetuated by the rebels followed the extrajudicial killing of Gaddafi. Now the country is awash with guns, is a security nightmare and is a haven for terrorist groups like al Qaeda.
"I believe, as the president indicated, and said at the time that I supported his -- his action there." Romney responded when asked about Egypt and Mubarak.
The big difference of the night "Too hasty" and yes even "tragic" in regards to what he called a "precipitous withdrawal" from Iraq. That was Mitt's claim a while back.... In tonight debate he said "We don't want another Iraq, we don't want another Afghanistan. That's not the right course for us." Basically sounds like he's saying drone strikes. Not sure. He flipped and he flopped on this issue... or did he? He didn't really say much about Iraq.
After a while it seemed they agreed so much on so many of the topics they had to switch to the economy and general motors just so they could disagree on something.
"We want a peaceful planet. We want people to be able to enjoy their lives and know they're going to have a bright and prosperous future, not be at war." - Romney.... because in his mind war creates peace and bombs are liberators.