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Contenders argue about Afghanistan, Iran, torture

November 13, 2011

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— Unsparing in their criticism of President Barack Obama, Republican presidential hopefuls disagreed in campaign debate Saturday night about the right course in Afghanistan, the use of waterboarding and the wisdom of a pre-emptive military strike to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.

“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,” vowed the former Massachusetts governor.

On waterboarding, Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann both said they would reinstate the technique designed to simulate drowning. Cain went one step further, adding that he would leave it up to military leaders — rather than their civilian superiors — to decide what forms of interrogation amount to torture, which he said he opposes.

As for the war in Afghanistan, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas both said it was time for U.S. troops to come home after a combat mission of 10 years duration.

While the Republicans were talking about foreign policy, Obama was on the world stage, as America’s diplomat in chief.

After meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Hawaii, he said the two men intend to “shape a common response” to new allegations that Iran has been covertly trying to build a nuclear bomb. The issue is fraught because the regime in Tehran is harshly anti-Israel, a nation the United States has pledged to defend.

If the presidential trip gave the Republicans pause, they didn’t show it in a 90-minute debate.

“There are a number of ways to be smart about Iran, and a few ways to be stupid. The administration skipped all the ways to be smart,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The debate occurred less than two months before the formal selection of national convention delegates begins on Jan. 3 in the Iowa caucuses, with the race remarkably unsettled.

Romney has been at or near the top of the public opinion polls for months, while a succession of rivals vying to emerge as his principal challenger has risen and fallen in turn.

The latest soundings show Cain the current leader in that sweepstakes, although Gingrich has risen significantly in national polls in recent weeks as Perry has fallen back.

Comments

yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

A race to the bottom.

Who can execute more prisoners.

Who can torture more prisoners.

Who can give more power to military commanders, removing them from civilian oversight.

In other words, who can be the biggest ass.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

None of them know anything about the war. Hell most elected officials know anything about the war. Some fly near the areas,spend a few hours then come home knowing all their is to know.

Meanwhile the killing and spending goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. What a chilling foreign policy.

It could be Iran will never have nuclear weapons that can be launched. After all how will Iran launch a nuke without the world powers knowing?

How is it that the US government can authorize Depleted Uranium(nuclear) weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan and no one else can? These DU weapons contaminate areas forever and kill our soldiers in due time. Not to mention how this contamination impacts the innocent men,women and children that have been invaded by the USA.

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

sounds like typical republican BS catering to nutcase base. Usual crap, do as we say or else.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 5 months ago

"“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,” vowed the former Massachusetts governor."

I wonder if that also means that If Barack Obama is re-elected we will not have a war with Iran, and if Mitt Romney is elected we will have a war with Iran.

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