The first “Debate Week” of the fall campaign has interrupted the traditional majesty of our democratic presidential selection process, in which accusations and insults have been flung, yet again, with the frequency (if not accuracy) of meatballs at a frat-house food fight.
Now it is our civic duty to pause and reflect. Especially when it comes to the most potentially incendiary international controversy of Campaign 2012:
Iran’s apparent determination to build a nuclear bomb, Israel’s determination to prevent it and Republican Mitt Romney’s contention that President Barack Obama has thrown Israel “under the bus” by not sounding militarily tough enough and relying too much on diplomatic channels to halt Iran’s nuclear quest.
Here’s a One-Question Quiz that will offer us all the reflection we need to spot the differences in the candidates’ positions:
Q: Which presidential candidate gave this analysis of Iran’s nuclear program recently: “I do not believe that in the final analysis we will have to use military action. I certainly hope we don’t have to. I can’t take that option off the table. It must be something which is known by the Iranians as a possible tool to be employed to prevent them from becoming nuclear. But I certainly hope that we can prevent any military action from having to be taken.”
Was it Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Romney?