Sunday, December 20, 2015

ABC airs 3rd Democratic presidential debate on a Saturday night; Sanders makes sense on pressuring wealthy Muslim countries to do more for refugees

It was ABC’s turn to do a presidential debate Saturday night, the Third of the Democratic Party debates, from Manchester, NH (Anselm College), this one with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. ABC summarizes the debate with an article “9 Moments that Mattered” by Ryan Struyk and others.

Hillary Clinton suggested that ISIS is already using Donald Trump's speeches for propaganda purposes, but  (Fox) there is no evidence that this is true.  (She said Trump was becoming "ISIS's best recruiter".)   Hillary also moderated her calls on clamping down on the Internet, saying we need our best minds in Silicon Valley to look at the "back door encryption problem" as well as countering ISIS propaganda, especially on Twitter.

What caught my ear was Sanders saying that it is easy to get rid of a dictator and do a regime change, but hard to ensure that the government that replaces it will be stable.  Paul Rosenfels used to say that about revolution back in the 1970s.  Sanders also suggested that wealthy Arab states should do much more to help refugees and provide military power against ISIS.  He’s referring to UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.   The differences between Sunni and Shiite do not matter to most Americans.  Hillary challenged him and claimed that he used to support US interventions. (Trump claims he was against Bush’s war in Iraq in 2003.)

All the Democratic candidates blasted GOP policies that weaken the ability of “average people” to earn an adequate living in an increasingly competitive economy.

Hillary Clinton wants to reform the student loan programs but doesn’t promise free tuition, but more help for the poor.

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