One thing was for sure during the final debate – foreign policy was the last thing either of them wanted to actually talk about with both of them trying their hardest to cut back to discussing domestic issues or circle around the really big Middle East issues.
As far as Iran was concerned, both agreed that here were ‘red lines’ that could not be crossed. However, neither seemed sure where those ‘red lines’ were; or, if they did, they weren’t saying.
Talking of ‘red lines’, it was interesting to hear Obama say that the Egyptians “have to abide by their treaty with Israel. That is a red line for us, because not only is Israel’s security at stake, but our security is at stake if that unravels”. And if they don’t abide by their treaty with Israel…?
For both candidates, hypocrisy and arrogance was the order of the day. One that really stood out was this remark by Obama discussing his visit to Israel:
And then I went down to the border towns of Sderot, which had experienced missiles raining down from Hamas. And I saw families there who showed me where missiles had come down near their children’s bedrooms, and I was reminded of — of what that would mean if those were my kids, which is why, as president, we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those missiles.
No mention of what the Israelis did to Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip during that same period of conflict.