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Submitted by Alex (United States), Oct 23, 2012 at 23:49

Both Romney and Obama used clichés during the debates (correct/incorrect, adequate or not). It was obvious that they were trained for answers, attacks, etc. As for own informed opinions - it is really questionable.

It is unclear why Romney didn't attack Obama on his foreign policy failures so energetically, as he did during the first debates on economic issues? Maybe, he was overtrained, too politically correct, or something else.

When Obama told about Romney' inexperience in foreign policy it sounded odd, taking into account that he came to the office being community organizer and state senator (3 years) without any such experience.

The situation in the Middle East –"Arabic spring" – is absolutely destructive as for the region as for the rest world. American politicians don't understand mentality of Arabs who used to live under "strong hand", throwing the weak regimes. Dictators who ruled in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and others were "our sons of a bitch", loyal to the US, more predictive and less cruel that the Islamic radicals who came now. Obama foreign policy gave free reign to Islamists, and now those who believed that everyone in the world should dream about democracy, see that it is not true and how ugly the "democratic" mutiny can be.

All Obama speculations about democratic development in Arabic countries, women rights there that now look even more elusive than before, were false, however they can fool those voters who don't bother to know anything about the foreign policy besides the media' "fast food." Obama named murder bin Laden as one of his main achievements, but in reality it didn't solve anything: Al Qaeda acts more vigorously, and fundamentalists spread their influence in Moslem countries.

These debates showed that people who run for the President position should be better trained – not during the election campaign but more thoroughly. They should have political and economic education and experience. Now we see that the only criteria for the job are the size of valet, and such doubtful things as likeability, or ability to look presidential. Candidate for presidency shouldn't look like president; he should be able to act like the President.

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