What was a bit surprising to me, or at least I had not heard before, was that both candidates are eager to extend their altruism around the world, at our expense of course. This, at a time when we are already overextended in terms of people and money. Joe Biden says this about Pakistan:
There have been 7,000 madrassas built along that border. We should be helping them build schools to compete for those hearts and minds of the people
And this about Darfur:
I don't have the stomach for genocide when it comes to Darfur. We can now impose a no-fly zone. It's within our capacity. We can lead NATO if we're willing to take a hard stand.
And this about Afghanistan:
We need government-building. We need to spend more money on the infrastructure in Afghanistan.
And Palin says about Afghanistan:
we're securing democracy, and we're building schools for children there so that there is opportunity in that country, also
Great. More overseas altruist adventures; just what we need.
On the upside, the debates provide excellent fodder for humor such as this 10/4 Saturday Night Live version. Good stuff!