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Last night’s debate was expected to be the typical trilogy snooze fest and ended up being a blockbuster finale
worthy of a rap beef. Foreign policy typically being the duller of debate topics (unless at war time) was livened up
by The P.O.T.U.S. and C.I.C. going in on the G.O.V. and Romney yelling out “Who shot ya” at the Pres. Check out
the flyest lines from the debate:

Al Qaeda:
Romney: “I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al Qaeda, but we
can’t kill our way out of this mess.

Obama: “Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you agreed that we have been successful in going after Al Qaeda, but I have
to tell you that your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep
Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the middle east.”

Romney: “Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew
to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the
region. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.”

Obama: “When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad
Vashem, the Holocaust museum there to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel would
be unbreakable.”

Afghanistan and Iraq:
Romney: “We don’t want another Iraq. We don’t want another Afghanistan. That’s not the right course for us.”

Obama: “You say that you’re not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq, but just a few weeks ago you
said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. You’ve said that first we should not have a timeline in
Afghanistan then you said we should. Now you say maybe or depends, which means not only were you wrong, but
you were also confusing and sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.”

Romney: “I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin
and I’m certainly not going to say to him, ‘I’ll give you more flexibility after the election.’ After the election, he’ll
get more backbone.”

Obama: “Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you
asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia – not Al Qaeda – you said Russia. The
1980s are now calling and asking for their foreign policy back.because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20
But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s,
just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.

Romney: “I would also make sure that their diplomats are treated like the pariahs they are around the world, the
same way we treated the apartheid diplomats of South Africa. We need to increase pressure time and time again
on Iran because anything other than a solution to this which stops this nuclear folly of theirs, is unacceptable to
America. And of course, a military action is the last resort.”

Obama: “A nuclear Iran is a threat to our national security and it’s a threat to Israel ‘s national security. We cannot
afford to have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world.”

Romney: “I want a great relationship with China. China can be our partner, but that doesn’t mean that they can
just roll all over us and steal our jobs on an unfair basis.”

Obama: “Well Gov. Romney is right, you are familiar with jobs being shipped overseas because you invested in
companies that were shipping jobs overseas.”

Military spending:
Romney: I’m pleased that I’ve balanced budgets. I was on the world of business for 25 years. If you didn’t balance
your budget, you went out of business. I went into the Olympics that was out of balance, and we got it on
balance, and made a success there. I had the chance to be governor of a state. Four years in a row, Democrats and
Republicans came together to balance the budget. We cut taxes 19 times and balanced our budget. The president
hasn’t balanced a budget yet.

“We get to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years. We do it by reducing spending in a whole series of
programs. By the way, number one I get rid of is Obamacare.”

Obama: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor,
we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things
called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have ships going underwater, nuclear submarines. And so
the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships but what our capabilities are.” (Quotable of
the campaign)

On shifting from foreign to domestic policy:
Romney: “The president mentioned the auto industry and that somehow I would be favor of jobs being elsewhere.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car
company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry.”

Obama: “Governor, you say you want a bigger military. You want a bigger Navy. You don’t want to cut defense
spending. What I want to ask you — we were talking about financial problems in this country. Where are you going
to get the money?”

-Stay Fly!

[Words Via Ian Freeman]

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