I Could Debate Better Than Obama (Plus Georgia, Plain and Simple)

The general media consensus seems to be that the first presidential debate was a "draw". I largely agree, as far as one can agree with the MSM. I'm pleasantly surprised though that the debates are being handled by PBS, which is by far my favorite set of programming on the airwaves and by far the least MS out of the MSM. While we're on the topic of the allusive Main-Stream Media, please note I agree with many conservatives that the FOX network isn't part of it. Rather instead of being in the MSM, FOX makes a group of its own, technically termed the SBM. Try to figure that one out.

If I was forced to choose one man over the other as the winner of tonight's debate, I would probably choose Obama, but this is obviously because of my own biases and not any real enthusiasm about the results. As some of the pundits somewhat articulated in their analyses, neither candidate actually said any inspiring. They engaged in a little back and forth, for sure, but the debate largely consisted of ramblings about facts, semi-facts and policy- not any appeals to the hearts and souls of Americans. At least they didn't reach mine.

How about a little emotion, eh? Perhaps it has to do with their being senators or their being so enveloped in their own campaign talking points... but honestly it was all regurgitation of stated policies and points and criticisms of things that came up in debates months ago... and in the end there was little of which for me to be glad. Next to nothing spoke to me. I hope the Vice Presidential debate will be better, but I fear that is extremely unlikely.

Here's one little thing I would have liked to hear Obama challenge: McCain blabbered at length on the myth of Russia being an aggressive conqueror with the situation in Georgia. He boasted about being President Sakashvili of Georgia's friend, which to me has to be one of the worst things a person could say as a candidate, given the true facts at hand. This is a myth that has been accepted by the MSM and the American public without question, when here are the actual facts on Georgia's end of the deal:

1. South Ossetia and Abkhazia are volatile regions distinct from Georgia in identity and largely of a more Russian persuasion.

2. One day, President Sakashvili of Georgia decided to invade these volatile regions. And yes, although entirely Georgian on paper, the regions were invaded.

3. Several thousand South Ossetians were killed in Georgia's military movement into the region. That's hardly how a nation moves troops into what is supposedly its own territory.

4. At this point, Russia seized the opportunity to exploit Georgia's aggression and come in fighting for the little guys. Unfortunately, this gave America's ruling classes a completely different opportuniy- the opportunity to make Georgia into the little guy and Russia into a new enemy for the American people to fear and have their money spent on.

I'm not saying Russia's actions were right. I'm certainly not saying that Georgia is to blame for Russia's completely innappropriate invasion of Georgia beyond the two border regions. If I were to accept the premise that war can be justified and pretend for a moment that I believe in the premises of today's diplomacy, I would say that at most Russia should have stopped with driving Georgia from the assaulted regions, if it were to have acted immediately at all. Clearly Russia's aggression is unnacceptable and we should condemn what they did. But here's what we shouldn't have done:

1. We shouldn't have given Georgia a blank check of support. As I said, the two nations are not equal in "blame" for any of this, but they certainly both deserve condemnation in the judgment of our double standard for ourself against the rest of the world.

2. We should understand who the real victims of this debacle are and what they need from us. They are the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and they deserve international support for their independence, should they so choose it.

And that means independence from Russia and Georgia, and from violent aggression.