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Questions for the Debate

Over at The Caucus blog at The New York Times, David Sanger has a list of 10 questions he’d like to see asked at tonight’s debate in Mississippi.  Here are a couple of my faves:

#4:  Pakistan, our sometimes ally, has said that if American forces enter their territory to hunt down terrorist groups, the Pakistani military will defend the sovereignty of the country. Earlier this week, there was a brief exchange of fire between Pakistani and American forces. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but some day soon our luck is going to run out. If the Pakistanis will not let us over their border, as president would you order overt or covert actions inside Pakistan to hunt down al Qaeda or the Taliban? If fired on by the Pakistanis, should American forces fire back?

#8:  President Bush considered — and then rejected — sending American troops into Darfur to protect a population that has been nearly wiped out. Did he make a mistake not sending them? Under current conditions, would you send them?

#9:  Georgia was not yet a member of NATO when Russian forces bombed the country last month, in response to a Georgian military action to take control of the region of South Ossetia. If you were president, would you speed Georgia into the NATO alliance — and potentially commit the United States to military action to protect the country — or would you avoid provoking Moscow and leave it outside of NATO for several years to come?

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