These are the big issues, the “3 o’clock in the morning” issues, and they cannot be rushed through like a Double Jeopardy round. It is likely that they would not lead to much direct sparring between the candidates, but these questions would produce a clear view of the readiness of each individual to serve as Commander-in-Chief while also providing a reliable guide to those candidates’ core convictions on the minimum military strength necessary to maintain American security in the increasingly dangerous world.
These are not the sort of questions that will earn moderators cheers from the Occupy Wall Street protesters or even from their Manhattan-Beltway media elite tribe.
But they are the key questions facing a new president, the sort of questions that President Obama avoided answering with candor and precision, much to the regret of the friends of Israel, national security and America’s position in the world.
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