Monday, October 10, 2016

Second debate

Leaving aside that the debate needed a stiff drink to cope with, one surprise from the evening is that for all the anticipation that Trump's relationship with his running mate Mike Pence would be strained over the tape or his erratic policy stances, there is now a large divergence between them on Syria. Meanwhile Hillary's Syria policy contains a combination of infeasible proposals (an no-fly zone that would result in an air war with Russia) or else is identical to the current Obama policy (attacks on ISIS in Iraq and eastern Syria, special forces, and support to Arab/Kurdish forces). It's going to be a long winter in Aleppo.

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