Asking the Hard Questions
Remembering the attacks on September 11, 2001 and taking note of the increasing tendency of the presidential campaign and campaign reporting to descend into meaningless trivia, Philip Bobbitt and John Danforth, IMO two of the most reasonable guys on the political scene today, address twelve questions to Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama in an op-ed in the New York Times today. The questions address some of the thorniest issues before us today on the international scene:
- Pakistan and Afghanistan;
- the future of humanitarian intervention;
- whether there is in fact a war on terror;
- the futures of the UN and NATO;
- the future of WTO trade negotiations;
- Russia’s invasion of Georgia;
- the prospects for future global partnerships to address issues like climate change, weapons proliferation and terror;
- the role of government in guiding energy policy;
- the future of development aid, particularly to Africa; and
- how the two candidates differ from each other on national security.
I’m not going to try to excerpt the op-ed. The questions are well-chosen, terse, and to the point. I’d also encourage you to read the op-ed for yourself and, possibly, take a little time to reflect on what you believe about our country and its role in the world. I hope for but do not anticipate some answers from the candidates.