As the debate went back and forth about the issue of Iraq, there was the question of who was 'more right' about the war. Who had the best judgment, the best predictions, and who supported the 'right' positions throughout and before the war. McCain attacked Obama's opposition to a troop surge, and how he thought it would be a miserable failure. Obama lashed back bringing up the point that he did not support the war before it began, and that McCain was in the camp that believed it would end swiftly, they would find WMD's, and that we would be greeted as liberators, none of which came true. As most people know, I believe the war in Iraq was a huge mistake for an endless number of reasons. McCain speaks of us leaving winners. We are "winning" the war. The problem is, the purpose of the war now has changed. Our original purpose was to attack Iraq because they 'may' have weapons of mass destruction that 'may' be used against the United States or given to terrorists. Also they 'supposedly' had ties to 9/11, which also was proven false, admittedly so by those leaders who supported the war originally. So when do we stop? This is the problem that arises when we do not address war with narrow goals. We need to be sure that we address war wisely. There should not be any question for the reasons we go to war; they should be so obvious that there is not a question of it. And we should leave as soon as these goals are accomplished. The Iraq war was unnecessary, wrong, and it is unclear when our 'job' is really done.
I hate to even address this issue and hear McCain and Obama talk about the financial situation. It is clear they know little to nothing about economics. It is actually painful to watch. The moderator was asking them about how their decisions will be affected by the financial crisis. Both talked about cutting different programs, this or that, shaving money here or there, but really they lack an understanding about what caused our financial situation. I think Ron Paul has a pretty good grasp (see post below). I can think of just a few places we could start cutting spending - abolish the Federal Reserve, end the War on Drugs, and end our expensive and unaffordable military imperialism.
On a side note, Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve (This will be a good video to watch to understand his statement - posted below - a little bit better):