Top 10 Tough Questions for Thursday’s Debate

My brother's other gig is as a collaborator at the Nieman Watchdog. Today they bring you 10 Tough Questions for Thursday's Debate:

Who Else Gets to Start Pre-Emptive Wars?

For Bush: “We justify the War in Iraq as a preemptive war. Would we support other countries (like Indonesia, Russia or Israel) that feel the need for preemptive strikes to protect their homeland?” (Posted on by Harry A. Thomas of Seattle)

Safer Without Who Else?

For Bush: “You have stated the world is safer without Saddam Hussein and that there is no difference between weapons of mass destruction and weapons of mass destruction programs. Would the world be safer without Kim Jong Il, Fidel Castro, and the other brutal dictators in the world who have intentions of possessing WMD and moving forward with WMD-related programs? If so, will you adopt a policy of regime change through military intervention for these countries? If not, what additional criteria must be met for your administration to intervene militarily, as you did with Iraq?” (Posted on anonymously.)

The $87 Billion Question

For Kerry: “Please explain, once and for all, 'I voted for [the $87 billion], before I voted against it.' ” (Posted on by Terri Kordella of Vienna, Va.)

Why Saddam Over Osama?

For Bush: “Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, there’s no doubt about that. However, Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda killed 3,000 people on our own soil. There are almost fifteen times as many troops in Iraq as in Afghanistan. Please explain to us why you felt it necessary to concentrate resources and funding on removing Saddam Hussein, who had not made any moves against the U.S., when Osama bin Laden had actually attacked. In other words, please explain why eliminating a potential threat took precedence over eliminating a proven one.” (Posted on by Terri Kordella of Vienna, Va.)

Military Draft?

For both candidates: “Given that this war on terrorism has gone on for several years, and will continue into the future, do either of you expect to bring back the draft?” (Posted on by Mike Juntunen)

Limit to Iraqi Self-Determination?

For both candidates: What would you do if an elected Iraqi government requests that all U.S. troops leave Iraq? (Posted on by Jonah Thomas)

Learning From Mistakes?

For both candidates: “If you knew in March 2002, before troops landed in Iraq, everything you know now, in what ways would you have conducted the war differently?” (Posted on by Allen Knutson, New York City)

Bring It On?

For Bush: “Mr. President, in July of 2003 you said if anyone wanted to attack our troops in Iraq, they should bring it on. In March of this year you appeared at a reporters' dinner and showed a video in which you jokingly stumbled around your office looking for weapons of mass destruction. Can you explain this behavior to the families who have lost loved ones in Iraq?” (Posted on by “Republicansforkerry”)


For Bush: “Mr. President, by your count, John Kerry has flip-flopped at least 6 times on Iraq. By my count, you gave us 9 different reasons to go to Iraq and you have given us 5 different answers on what will happen next. So, which answer is it now?” (Posted on by “usmeagle69”)

So Much to Fear?

For Bush: “Mr. President after September 11th you could have repeated FDR's famous statement. 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' You choose not to calm the fear we were feeling as a society. As the leader of the nation don't you think we would have been better served by you making such a statement?” (Posted on by user “Davinci”)

Yet more evidence that Dan will never get picked to moderate a Presidential debate!

PS. I bet at most two of these get asked — the draft question and something about Iraq strategy.

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5 Responses to Top 10 Tough Questions for Thursday’s Debate

  1. nigel says:

    These are some excellent questions, but I think the intended idea (to trap Bush) would backfire. The One Kerry question, voted for the 87 billion before I voted against it, is a landmine and would be the only answer anyone would remember.

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  3. I prefer my own question…and Salon liked it too!

    President Bush: A recent international poll conducted jointly by the University of Maryland and Globescan found that, in 30 out of 35 countries, the people overwhelmingly oppose your reelection, and in only one nation (the Philippines) is there majority support for you over Sen. Kerry. Your reelection is opposed by all of our traditional democratic allies by anywhere from 2-1 in Japan, 3-to-1 in Great Britain, 4-to-1 in Canada, all the way up to 10-to-1 or more in the Netherlands, Norway and France. And in this hemisphere, there is not one nation surveyed where Sen. Kerry is not heavily favored. Other recent polls show that in many Islamic nations, especially those in the Mideast, you have lower approval ratings than Osama bin Laden. Given that both you and Sen. Kerry believe that we need more help from out democratic allies as well as from Iraq’s neighbors, please tell us why you think you will be more successful in getting the help you both acknowledged is needed.

  4. Brett Bellmore says:

    Asking the draft question would be an utter waste of time, save to further the hoax being circulated around the web that Bush has a draft planned. (And CBS takes another hit to their credibility; Hard to believe they didn’t KNOW it was a fraud, this time.) The military doesn’t WANT a draft; They find volunteers make better soldiers. And if they really need more volunteers, they can get them, too. All they have to do is increase the pay a little, relax the standards they’ll accept a smidgen.

    Now, asking whether they plan to increase the current ceiling for troop numbers, and enlarge the army to match it’s increased workload, instead of running the military we have ragged, THAT would make sense.

  5. nigel says:

    I don’t know if paul realizes he’s trying to use polls in Egypt to justify voting for Kerry. Where do you people stop? Are we supposed to listen to the Italians now?


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