Democratic Debate: The Morning After

The transcript of the New Hampshire Democratic debate last night is here.

Digby, as always, makes excellent points, particularly about Dennis Kucinich. I too am glad he's in the race because he is terrific on most issues. But his attacks on Democrats, such as saying it's our war now because we didn't end it after November, help no one.

And yes, the "raise your hand" questions were silly and as were some of the questions. As Digby paraphrases:

I think the question I enjoyed the most in the Democratic debate was the one where Wolf asked them all what they would do if they were tied to a bed naked with a ticking time bomb and a bunch of terrorists rushed into the room and started kibitzing among themselves about where to get the best Botox in Miami.

I was waiting for the question to end with a query as to whether they'd call in Jack Bauer. More on the myth of the ticking time bomb from Professor Alfred McCoy here and from Balkanization here.


The actual question asked:
MR. BLITZER: Congressman Kucinich, if you were president of the United States and the intelligence community said to you, "We know where Osama bin Laden is, he's in Pakistan. We've got a specific target, but he's only going to be there for 20 minutes. You got to give the order, yes or no, to take him out with a HELLFIRE missile, but it's going to kill some innocent civilians at the same time," what would be your decision?

He follows with:

MR. BLITZER: I just want everybody to raise their hand and tell me if you agree that if the U.S. had intelligence that could take out Osama bin Laden and kill him, even though some innocent civilians would die in the process, would you, as president, authorize such an operation? If you would raise your hand.
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    Count me as (1.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Chincoteague on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 10:55:29 AM EST
    not a fan of Kucinich.

    He's a little too extreme for me, although he's certainly been prescient about Iraq.

    one minute man (none / 0) (#2)
    by overit on Mon Jun 04, 2007 at 02:54:11 PM EST
    Why doesn't anyone get explain to Wolfy Blitzy - or the like - that if you want real answers to any of the issues raised, it takes more than 60 SECONDS? Oh, I fogot, it's because it's not about the answers, it's about the advertising dollars and maintaining the status quo.

    Of only Kucinich looked like Binden...sight