Foreign policy

So, the debate on foreign policy was rather limited:

  • nothing about global warming
  • nothing about crime in Mexico or other countries in Central and South America, driven by the drug trade into the US
  • nothing about world poverty
  • nothing about world health
  • nothing about the financial crisis in Europe
  • nothing about Sudan, Somalia, North Korea, Burma, Zimbabwe, or a good chunk of the world

And if you look over the full transcript, a disappointing amount of the talk was about making sure the US has a big stick. It was mostly about punishment in some form–sanctions, the military, using drones. It was all stick and no carrot. You would think President Obama would want to talk about how a combination of sanctions and incentives seems to have brought Burma back into the family of nations, but he never brought it up. Very weird.

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