For all Hillary Clinton’s reputation as a policy wonk, her debate performanceconsisted almost entirely of personal attacks. And while our media is out there proclaiming a Clinton ‘victory,’ their evaluation merely shows how distanced they are from ordinary Americans, who don’t revel in nastiness.
Trump, on the other hand, although he allowed himself to be distracted by her cattiness, was focused on the issues, and in the course of the evening he made three important points of interest to my readers.
1) The most important issue of our time, or any time – nuclear weapons and the looming possibility of nuclear war:
‘The single greatest problem the world has is nuclear armament, nuclear weapons, not global warming, like you think and your – your president thinks. Nuclear is the single greatest threat….
‘I would like everybody to end it, just get rid of it. But I would certainly not do first strike. I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.’
This is the most under-noticed – and most significant – moment of the debate. Although, to be sure, it was immediately noted by the folks over atThe Intercept, who opined:
‘That may seem like common sense, but it’s actually a commitment that President Obama has been reluctant to make. The Pentagon argues that unless the U. S. is prepared to threaten a nuclear strike, it is less likely to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.
This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner by Justin Raimondo ‘ September 28, 2016.