Tonight’s presidential debate was ostensibly about foreign policy, but on stage in Boca Raton, the candidates spent quite a bit of time discussing the American economy. The discussion first turned homeward when moderator Bob Schieffer asked Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, “What is America’s role in the world?”
War & Peace
Council member Jumaane Williams is getting behind the push to have a ticker tape parade in New York for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Williams introduced a resolution in support of a parade at the Council’s Stated Meeting today.
“I am proud to author a bill that will hopefully push forward the ‘welcome home’ that our nation’s veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so rightfully deserve,” Mr. Williams said in a statement announcing the resolution. “While I am generally opposed to war, including these particular conflicts, I recognize that those who volunteer with the aspiration of doing good for their family and their country should be given the highest regard for their commitment and sacrifice.”
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, said he believes there “absolutely” should be a parade for the troops who have returned from Iraq in New York or Washington, D.C. Though there have been calls for a ticker tape parade honoring Iraq veterans in Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg has said Pentagon officials don’t want New York City to hold a parade now because they think it would be “premature while we still have so many troops in harm’s way around the world.” The Politicker asked Mr. Kerry his thoughts on whether there should be an Iraq War parade in Manhattan after his appearance at New York Law School yesterday.
“Absolutely, I think there ought to be a parade if not there, in Washington,” Senator Kerry said. “I think Iraqi war veterans, all veterans, I think they deserve to have the nation’s gratitude and I think it’d be wonderful to do something like that.”
Stand By Your Man
WASHINGTON Michele Bachmann made a speech at the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. where she accused President Barack Obama of making a series of dangerous foreign policy “miscalculations” including failing to support Israel and not standing by ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in his quest to keep the Muslim Brotherhood at bay.
“Obama failed to stand by Mubarak and that helped fuel the revolution in Egypt and it led to a regime that was based on sharia law with 72 percent of the seats in the Lower House in Egypt now occupied by the Brotherhood and an even more radical Salafist party,” Ms. Bachmann said.
Chuck Schumer’s brother-in-law, Kevin McNulty, was nominated to a federal judgeship in New Jersey in a move that left many in the Garden State political establishment scratching their heads.
Georgia police shot and killed a woman who allegedly sent a fake WMD to State Senator Greg Ball.
Museums are collecting memorabilia from the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Long Strange Trips
America will make its exit from Iraq in a little over two months with the last U.S. troops going home by the end of the year. There are currently about 41,000 U.S. soldiers remaining in Iraq.