Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Presidential debate: A foreign policy study guide

60 Minutes Overtime Staff |
October 22, 2012

I wish I had found this be4  last debate.  But I did not, but I have added it.  I thought  it was worth the listen too. It is a good intro into foreign policy. Especially for us Dummies!


Sneaking across the border, Clarissa Ward reports from Syria's most dangerous city, Aleppo, where a battle rages between rebel groups and Syria's military.
["Aleppo," reported by Clarissa Ward and produced by Ben Plesser aired on 60 Minutes on October 14th.]


A powerful Chinese telecom company named Huawei is trying to build the next generation of U.S. digital networks, prompting an outcry in Washington over espionage risk.
["Huawei," reported by Steve Kroft and produced by Graham Messick, aired on 60 Minutes on October 7th.]


An update on the war in Afghanistan from Lara Logan: A deadly phenomenon-- known as "insider attacks"-- is killing more and more U.S. troops, while al Qaeda fighters make a comeback. Logan interviews Hamid Karzai and Gen. John Allen.
["The Longest War" reported by Lara Logan and produced by Max McClellan, aired on 60 Minutes on Sept. 30th.]

Compare the candidates

In separate interviews, President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discuss the election year's hot button issues.
["Campaign 2012" aired on 60 Minutes on September 23rd.]


In a rare interview, Meir Dagan, ex-chief of Israel's national intelligence agency, speaks out against a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
["Spymaster," reported by Lesley Stahl and produced by Shachar Bar-On, aired on 60 Minutes on Sept 16th.]


A mysterious computer virus is unleashed, attacking a nuclear facility in Iran. Is the infrastructure of the U.S. vulnerable to a Stuxnet-style attack?
["Stuxnet," reported by Steve Kroft and produced by Graham Messick, aired on 60 Minutes on July 1st.]

European Union

There are only a few things that could derail the U.S. economic recovery, and one of them is the debt crisis in Europe.
["An Imperfect Union," reported by Steve Kroft and produced by Graham Messick and Coleman Cowan, aired on 60 Minutes on April 8th.]

Statements from the National: 2012 U.S. President's race
I have only posted 4 pages of the 41. click the link to see the other pages

"The sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed."

Says Mitt Romney wants to add $2 trillion to defense budget that the military hasn’t asked for.

Says Romney said "we should ask Pakistan for permission" to take a shot at Osama bin Laden.

Says Barack Obama was silent on Iran "when the students took to the streets in Tehran and the people there protested, (and) the Green Revolution occurred."

"Pakistan has 100 nuclear warheads and they’re rushing to build a lot more. They’ll have more than Great Britain sometime in the relatively near future."

"Latin America’s economy is almost as big as the economy of China."

Says Mitt Romney was clear that he "would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies, even if they went through bankruptcy."

"Veterans’ unemployment is actually now lower than (the) general population. It was higher when I came into office."

"I went to the Olympics that was out of balance, and we got it on balance."

"The president said he was going to create daylight between ourselves and Israel."

"A few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia."

Says a university survey concluded his Massachusetts administration "had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America."

Says Mitt Romney and George Allen "would overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to end safe, legal abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is at risk."

"George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood."

"Regulations have quadrupled. The rate of regulations quadrupled under this president."

Says Barack Obama has pension investments that include Chinese firms, and "investments through a Caymans trust."

Says his administration put more border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border than at "any time in history, and the flow of undocumented workers across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years."

Says his administration has created "5 million jobs … over the last 30 months in the private sector alone."

Says Mitt Romney suggested that "employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage."

Says Mitt Romney "called the Arizona law a model for the nation."

Says Romney invested in a firm that made goods in China that "could have been made here in America."

"This is what President Obama said the jobless rate would be if we passed the stimulus: 5.6 percent."

The federal tax code has "loopholes that are giving incentives for companies that are shipping jobs overseas."

"In Romney's first budget (in Massachusetts), he cut $248.7 million from K-12 education."

Under Barack Obama, the U.S. now has the "lowest workforce since (President Jimmy) Carter."

Less than 10 percent of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet members have private-sector experience.

"If Gov. Romney's plan goes into effect … the average senior would have to pay $460 a year more in tax for their Social Security."

"In one year, (President Obama) provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world … into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tesla and Ener1."

Says 50 million people would lose their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed.

Says President Obama has "doubled" the deficit.

"Pre-existing conditions are covered under my (health care) plan."

Massachusetts schools "are ranked No. 1 of all 50 states."

Says Romney wants to add $2 trillion to the defense budget that the military hasn’t asked for.

"Under Gov. Romney's definition ... Donald Trump is a small business."

Because of Obamacare, "over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up -- it's true -- but they've gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years."

Romney’s Medicare plan was estimated to "cost the average senior about $6,000 a year."

Says Obama promised to cut the deficit in half.

Obama says he’s "put forward a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan."

"Right now, the (Congressional Budget Office) says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year."

Says Mitt Romney's plan "calls for a $5 trillion tax cut."

Says Barack Obama "put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive."

"We’re now spending 42 percent of our economy on government."

Romney "would turn Medicare into a voucher program."

"On Medicare for current retirees, he's cutting $716 billion from the program."

Says President Barack Obama "already passed all these Obamacare taxes. About a dozen of them hit middle-income taxpayers."

The Obama administration’s "green" stimulus program "funneled close to $2 billion dollars to overseas firms," creating thousands of jobs in China.

Chinese tire imports threatened 1,000 American jobs, so President Obama "stood up to China and protected American workers. Mitt Romney attacked Obama's decision."

Says Mitt Romney’s investments created zero jobs.

"Taxes are lower on families than they've been probably in the last 50 years."

Says the government has "gotten the TARP money back plus a profit."

Deficit spending ‘exploded during the Obama administration’ to $5.3 trillion over four years, compared to $2 trillion in eight years under President George W. Bush.  

"Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of" President George W. Bush’s policies and the recession.

"Barack Hussein Obama will … force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies."

Says Obama is only president in history who has deliberately removed the words "endowed by their Creator" when referring to the Declaration of Independence.

"Barack Hussein Obama will ... force local authorities to allow Occupy protesters to live in parks."

"Barack Hussein Obama will ... force Christian schools to hire non-Christian teachers."

"Barack Hussein Obama will .. force Christian organizations to pay for abortions."

"Barack Hussein Obama will ... force courts to accept Islamic Sharia law in domestic disputes."

"President Obama decided not to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York."

Says Obama sent $450 million to China to build a wind farm in Texas.