The Third Presidential Debate and the Changing World of Islam

Presidential debates are a chore for a sitting president. He has to share the podium with an opponent who has little-to-no experience in foreign policy. That places the incumbent president incessantly on the defensive. For President Barack Obama, that specific aspect of the challenge was particularly onerous, because of his poor performance in the first presidential debate. Thus, he was under enormous pressure to be aggressive in criticizing the ever-changing policy positions of his Republican opponent, former Governor Mitt Romney. At the same time, Obama had to be careful not to sound angry or petty. Romney’s challenge was of a significantly different nature. Since he performed admirably during the first debate, he was expected to continue the same performance in the following debate. However, he knew full well that Obama was not going to be docile during the second round. In the second debate, Obama managed to get under Romney’s skin quite often in his attempt to underscore policy differences between the two. Consequently, Romney clearly looked like he was losing his cool. Obama evidently won the second round. However, the controversy related to the first two debates continued to create a momentum of their own as the third and final presidential debate approached.

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” The Malalas You Will Not Hear About,” Wendy McElroy,

“The cause of the selective rage for Malala and the selective silence for the 176 Pakistani children killed by American drones is purely political. American lives matter; Pakistani children’s lives do not … unless, of course, their lives and deaths can contribute to the narrative of terrorism and war being spun out of the White House. The fact that politicians, the military, and the media consider some dead children to matter while consigning other dead children to an Orwellian memory hole merely spotlights the depth of their depravity.”

You Are No Tsunami of Change–Get Elected and Then Grow in Office, Imran!

Imran Khan, the self-styled tsunami of change, sounds like a typical Pakistani politician–a lot of bluster and no substance. In his quest to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, I expected him to use his educational and living experiences in the West to present himself as a rational and reasonable choice for the highest elected office in his country. But, his flirtations with the Army and his rabid denunciation of the United States are features that one already sees in the marginalized Pakistani politicians. Perhaps Imran knows that he will have no chance of being elected if he sounds like a reasonable politician.

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Why Do Ex-Politicians Make So Much Sense After Leaving Office?

Why do ex-politicians make so much sense after they leave office? I challenge anyone to provide a persuasive answer to this question. I have one, but I don’t claim that it is any more persuasive than the one provided by any other person. My take is that, once free from the burden of office, ex-politicians can speak their mind. The burden of being in the government forces all smart politicians (and even the dumb ones) to toe the government line–like a parrot–no matter how much they disagree with various policies. However, once out of office, they seem to find their previous lost wisdom and insight. Continue reading “Why Do Ex-Politicians Make So Much Sense After Leaving Office?”