Five questions for Romney and Obama in debate # 3

Iran

Middle East Map

We already know President Obama has failed in stopping Iran in its nuclear weapon development with his policy:

–  Obama administration blocked (and therefore delayed the effects of) the sanctions (with bipartisan supports) on Iran that Congress tried to pass.

–  Obama counted on Russia to help stopping Iran. Turned out that Russia helped Iran instead.

–  Obama administration kept quiet from the protest (of over a million of Iranians) in the spring of 2009

–  Obama ignored US ally Israel instead of worked with Israel

And as a result, Iran is very close to fully develop its nuclear weapon.

Question 1 (for both Romney and Obama):

Will your administration be content with an Iran having nuclear weapon rather than try to stop Iran if that means using military forces?

If not, what will your administration do to stop Iran?

And if Iran can’t be stopped, how will you contain an Iran with nuclear weapon?

China

Protest against China’s ridiculous claim in Vietnam’s East Sea (Photo: AFP)

The last few years, China has aggressively bullied its way into occupying the Pacific Ocean area—east of Vietnam and west of Philippines. China has ignored international laws—UNCLOS—that China, Vietnam and Philippines all recognize. China has refused to discuss the disputes in a regional forum—citing its preference for bilateral talks with smaller countries like Vietnam and Philippines. Beijing has roughed the East Sea/West Sea/South China Sea and blamed other countries in the region and the US.

Beijing has also engaged in another dispute with Japan over the Senkaku islands. Violent protests in China have escalated the intensity of the dispute. Chinese threatened economic boycotts on Japan—same tactics that they used with Vietnam and Philippines. Japan is not backing down—rightfully so.

Despite Obama administration’s announcement of “pivot to Asia” which has confused many people, China has marched on with its bully actions in the region.

Question 2 (for both Romney and Obama):

What will be your policy toward China’s aggression in the Asia-Pacific? What will you do to support allies Philippines and Japan? What will “pivot to Asia” program be under your administration?

In 2011, the US had a trade imbalance of over $295 billion with China.

During the first eight months of 2012, the trade imbalance has been over $203 billion.

It is well known that the playing field between the US and China is not leveled:

—no protection for US intellectual property rights

—impossible to win bids for China government contracts on a fair basis

—Beijing’s policy to hold down the value of the Yuan (although it has loosened somewhat since the 2008 financial crisis but not enough)

Question 3 (for both Romney and Obama):

How will you balance trades with China? And how will you level the playing field with China for US companies?

Terrorism

The Obama administration failed to recognize the dangerous situation that the US convoy was in—and hence not provide extra security for the convoy instead of cutting security from the convoy.

To cover that mistake, they chose to ignore the report from CIA right after the attack that tying it to the militants. Instead, they blamed it on the anti-Muslim video—knowing they could blame on the second CIA report that was sent after the first one.

Question 4 (for Romney):

How will you protect Americans against terrorism both domestically as well as internationally especially those who work for the U.S. government? What will your administration do to avoid an “Arab Winter” as an aftermath for the Arab Spring revolutions?

Question 4 (for Obama):

If given a chance to go back, would you still choose to report the Benghazi attack as entirely reactions to the anti-Muslim video? What would an Obama administration in second term do differently to recognize situations such as Benghazi and protect the U.S. officials better? What will your administration do to avoid an “Arab Winter” as an aftermath for the Arab Spring revolutions?

OPEC

While it’s true that our crude oil dependency on foreign countries has been decreasing—thanks to the huge increase in production from private lands like the Bakken—we still import more than 45% of our needs.

In 2011, based on statistics from EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration), 43% of U.S. crude oil and petroleum product imports came from OPEC—including 11% from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and 14% from Saudi Arabia.

It is also true that many members of OPEC—Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iran, Venezuela, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Algeria—would use any opportunity they may have to control the price of oil using production outputs to negatively impact the U.S. economy.

Question 5 (for Romney):

Under your administration, will you increase drilling licenses in federal lands to get us less dependent on OPEC? What will you do for your alternative energy plan?

Question 5 (for Obama):

In your second term, will you reverse your current policy and open federal lands for more drilling? And what will you do differently in your “green” energy plan—giving the many failures such as Solyndra and A123?

 

Ch3 Nguyen

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