Friday, January 20, 2012

CNN Hosts Debate and Forgets Foreign Policy

Gingrich's Marital History More Important to Elite US 'News' Network
Than Relations With Russia or China, Iranian Nukes, Islamist Terror

"I am frankly astounded that CNN would take trash like that and use it to open a Presidential debate….

"Don't try to blame somebody else. You and your staff chose to start this debate with it."

- Newt Gingrich, responding to CNN's John King in the South Carolina Republican Presidential debate

Not one foreign policy question--as if the rest of the world didn't exist and American foreign policy no longer mattered.

CNN's moderator, John King, didn't ask a single foreign policy question during last night's slugfest-style, televised, GOP Presidential debate in South Carolina. Newt Gingrich's marital history--King's lead-off question--was deemed more important, say, than the Iranian nuclear threat, or relations with rising China.

What's up with that? Have Americans become so beat-down, so depressed and demoralized, so financially hard-pressed and war-weary that they no longer give a damn about foreign policy?

Not really. Rather, this reporter suspects, something more sinister was at play in Charleston--namely, a decision by CNN brass to deny Ron Paul's mainstream opponents a platform for criticizing President Obama on foreign policy, assuming, correctly, as it turned out, that the Texas Congressman could be counted upon to work his neo-isolationist argument into some of his answers. Paul's position, though too extreme for most Democrats, dovetails nicely with the pro-appeasement policy of Obama and his liberal, corporate media supporters.

With the above in mind, what follows, in no particular order, are a few foreign policy questions that could have been put to the remaining Republican candidates.

How would your administration deal with China? Do you regard China as an adversary of the United States?

How about Russia--how would you describe it? Why are relations with Russia so bad 20 years after the end of the Cold War?

How would you prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons? What, if anything, would you do about the Iranian missile threat--Iran's development of intercontinental ballistic missiles?

Why are American troops still in Korea? Is Ron Paul right--should they be brought home?

More than 10 years have passed since 9/11. Do you agree that America is at war with radical Islam? If your answer is yes, how will you win the war if you're elected President?

Had you been President on 9/11 what would you have done?

What's your main criticism of President Obama's foreign policy? Why do you believe it is so bad?