ELECTION PREVIEW: THE SAD STORY OF OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ELECTION DEBATE

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), one of various Democratic incumbents at risk of losing their re-election campaigns (Photo: AP)
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), one of various Democratic incumbents at risk of losing their re-election campaigns (Photo: AP)

By Harry C. Blaney III

“And so just understand — the folks on the other side, they’re counting on you being cynical. They’re figuring you won’t think you can make a difference. They figure you won’t organize. They figure you won’t vote. You will just go along with the status quo…. Don’t buy it. Don’t be cynical. Be hopeful…. Cynicism didn’t put anybody on the moon. Cynicism has never ended a war. It has never cured a disease. It did not build a business. It did not feed a young mind. Cynicism is a choice. And hope is a better choice. ” – President Obama while campaigning for Mary Burke in Wisconsin (October 28, 2014)

We are now just one day from the midterm elections and we are providing a quick review of what we have seen in the debate, or really a lack of substantial debate, on foreign policy and national security this election season. It will be no surprise to those interested in how America engages abroad that there are at least three very early sad insights we can draw from this election season’s lack of strong debate about key international issues, and worse, a flight to emptiness and lies.

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