yes this is a long post....but you really should read it....please
I didn't watch the entire debate Friday night, just the last 30 minutes or so.
In that 30 minutes they mainly talked about foreign policy and how they would proceed with other countries like Iran, Russia, and North Korea.
Which to me is the most important part of a President's policy.
Because the President only has full control of one thing.....the military.
Think about it.....
Everything else like tax cuts, insurance, education, and policy making has to be at the very least approved by the Congress.
And most of the time Congress handles everything that is associated with any of those things.
Which is why people say that politicians lie all the time. Because they don't follow through on campaign promises.
Well they can't follow through because they DON'T have final say.
Every one gets a vote and things are amended and eliminated and added to bills and policies in order to get important things passed.
But the military.....well only ONE person controls them......
So when you look at everything else the candidates are talking about realize that none of it is going to happen the way they say it will.
Obama promises tax cuts and says he will get health insurance for every American......he intends to do those things but more than likely he won't be able to. Maybe he achieves them to a certain degree but not the way he is telling you now.
But look at what they are saying about our troops and how they will handle talks with other countries.
That is the one area where they are telling the truth and they will do what they want.
Here is a slight breakdown of what I got out of their foreign policy debate:
McCain is not going to relax his strong opinions and plans of force. He WILL keep our troops in Iraq for as long as it takes. He is willing to ignore some other areas of concern to finish the job in Iraq. Because he says that Iraq is key to the situation.
And honestly I kind of agree with him. If we pull out of Iraq it is likely that Iran or some other country that we don't agree with (pretty much all of them there) will come in and take over and turn into a huge power.
The area I don't agree with McCain on is his stance with talks and negotiations. He refuses to sit with a country like North Korea or Iran until that country does something for us like disband their nuclear programs.
Why? I don't understand.
This to me sounds like something from the Cold War. We aren't going to negotiate with you unless you do something for us.
But they don't want to negotiate or talk with us.....so why would they do something for us.
I agree with Obama that you have to some sort of preparation and initial talks with these countries but you don't need to make a hard stance and say we won't work with you until you work with us first.
But it is a tough call on which candidate presents more of a danger in my eyes....
Obama will (more than likely) pull out of Iraq as soon as possible. Not right away but there will be a schedule. But he will talk more with other countries.
McCain will NOT pull out of Iraq until the job is done. But he won't talk to other countries.
Typically, and in the past, McCain's stance could work. Because we were, and still kind of are, the strongest nation in the world. And we could pretty much bully people around.
But that was when we had everyone on our side....like France, Spain, and any other country there with any power.
But now that we have ignored the diplomatic route these countries aren't backing us.
They have no problem supporting us if we have REASON to be aggressive but we typically can't show a good reason lately.
If McCain gets elected this will continue to be a problem.
I said this to my mom the other day after arguing with her about why McCain is going to ruin this country (yes I have made up my mind on who to vote for)....
It is said that the world is possibly going to come to the end on December 21, 2012 and I said that if McCain is elected.....
.....I may start to believe it!