Never gonna happen

(UPDATE below) Since there is apparently another GOP Presidential candidate debate tonight (twice a week now), let’s look at this gem from David Frum (my favorite no-longer-crazy Bush guy) in its entirety:

Had I been on the panel for Wednesday’s economics debate, I’d have opened with the question: “Are taxes lower or higher today than on the day President Obama was sworn into office?” Just for fun.

CBS and National Journal asked me among others to suggest some questions to ask the candidates . .  My suggested list follows.

1. Mexico is being torn apart by a civil war to control the drug routes to the United States. Many Mexican leaders urge drug legalization in the US in order to move the drug trade away from violent criminals to legitimate business. If a Mexican president asked you to consider such a step, what would you answer and why?

2. Canada is our largest trading partner and most important energy supplier. What do you see as the major issues between the US and Canada and what would you do to strengthen this supremely important relationship?

3. If asked, would you support a US contribution to the fund to stabilize the Euro currency? Why or why not?

4. Taiwan is China’s largest foreign investor. Taiwan and China have an intensifying economic relationship. Taiwan has refused to make the military investments that our military considers necessary to Taiwan’s security. Is the US security guarantee to Taiwan obsolete?

5. If you had been president in 2010, would Hosni Mubarak still be in power today?

6. Do you believe there is a peaceful way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons?

7. It’s often said that our present energy policy leaves us dependent on oil suppliers who do not like us. Our top 10 suppliers are:

Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Russia, Algeria, Iraq, Angola and Colombia.

The anti-US feeling of the Chavez regime is notorious. Which of the other 9 would you describe as a supplier who “does not like us”?

8. Afghanistan: At the end of your first term do you think we’ll have more or less than 20,000 troops in that country?

9. Iraq: Knowing everything you know now, if you had been in Congress in 2002, would you have voted to authorize force against Saddam Hussein, yes or no?

Good questions, all of them. However, attention must be paid to 9-9-9 and Texas.

MEA CULPA UPDATE: The debate is now over. I watched it. And the moderators from CBS and National Journal asked intelligent and relevant policy questions. They really did.

11 responses to “Never gonna happen

  1. Wha..what?
    Beki-beki – Stan-Stan is acquiring nuclear sumpin’?


  2. Except they never answer any question directly anyhow. But it would still be nice to hear a good question for a change. I expecially like the one on taxes. That is so true, and yet, the GOP gets away with saying the reverse.


  3. He, he, he……

    9-9-9…..Take that for WHATEVER ailes you!


  4. I’d ask them: do you think the government should be able to tell you what you can put in your body? If not, are you for the legalization of all drugs? If not, why not?


    • Of course, Ben, we know they don’t want to control what food you put in your body (it’s the nanny state! if we try to protect school kids from transfats). But they want to keep the drugs out and the blastocysts in. Remember when they fought the restrictions on tobacco? So: transfats-good, tobacco-good, marijuana-bad. Try to find any consistency. Can’t be done.


  5. OK. My straight off the cuff answers are:

    1. A: No. Let’s do the hard think and solve problems for a change, not surrender to the easy short term out that destroy us in the long run. My first international action is to invite both the President of Mexico and Canada to Camp David of a no press, no aids, no notes, no sh#t session on how we partner with each other to improve North America as a whole.

    2.A: Your question assumes there is an issue. An “issue” takes two sides of a communication conflict line. There is no issue. There is a lack of the U.S. focusing on our parters and neighbors. I will fix that by enabling the coalition of neighbors that we have been blessed with in Canada and Mexico.

    3. A: No. I won’t ignore the fact that we will be next if we don’t get our own house in order. Wat would you do, borrow money from China to give to Europe for us to pay the vig on? Seems like an absurd idea to me. Answer is “no”. Next question.

    4. A: Ahhh the tricky tangle question of “every answer is doom”. I like these, so here I go: No. I’ll even expand. If our friends ask for our help, and we have the resources to aid them, we will. I understand politics of the world change and heck Taiwan isn’t even part of America. They are their own country. They are our friends and we will stand by our national interests in the region if they want our help. We don’t abandon our friends.

    5. A: No. What do you think America could have possible done to change that outcome even if we wanted to? Drop the 82nd Airborne to secure his Palace? It’s not a matter of what the President of the United States wants in that scenario, it the matter of what the Egyptian people wanted. I do not delude myself into think my will should be that of the entire world. How about we have a President that’s concerned about America first.
    6. A: No. If the Arab League can’t do it then there’s ZERO chance America can do it alone.

    7. A: This question is absurd. Countries do not “like” or “dislike”. It’s generalizations like these of the groupings of national citizens the accept being labeled. I.E. America is the Great Satan. I reject that any nation as a whole “does not like us”. Ask another fifth grader “do you like me?” question and I’m not answering another damn one from you.

    8.A: Less.

    9. A: Yes. Sorry, but the last two questions were yes, or no, questions so those are the answers ya get.


    • Except for the last one, your answers sound reasonable (although your last answer seems to contradict the other ones, especially nr. 5).


      • Iraq is only, only because I was there myself. So I see your spotting the contradiction. With some reflection on the question I’d have to concur with your calling out my inconsistency and change my # 9 to ‘no’. I hate the thought that I wasted a year in Iraq but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Thanks for keeping me honest eurobrat.


        • Thank you for your honesty as well. (And thanks for your service, even though I didn’t agree with the war itself.) The only reason I even noticed the contradiction is because I support your “let’s stay out of there and focus on America” attitude 🙂


  6. I really like the what you have done on Iraq if you knew then what you know now. I thought a question on what would you have done on Libya would be appropriate. That’s seems to have turned out better than I feared, and kudos to Obama. Maybe Alan will have a different point of view if he makes an appearance.


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