The third U.S Presidential debate- a case of chickens and puppets

If there was anyone who remained undecided about the United States elections after last Sunday’s second Presidential debate, they were looking to Wednesday’s elections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to make a final decision.

Some of us were in that demographic so we watched closely last night as DRC candidate. Hillary Clinton and her GOP opponent Donald Trump battled it out behind those lecterns in Vegas. It was every bit the kind of showdown that Vegas commands. But did it really swing our votes one way or the other?

The argument is no, it didn’t.

Now you may ask, “why so invested?” It’s certainly not the Nigerian Presidential elections and it’s not 2008 all over again. It’s not a case of first time black man contesting elections that will put him in the oval office.

Well, here’s why. There’s no use denying the impact and influence of America on the rest of the world- third or first; western or not. But there’s an issue raging in the world and the position that American takes on it will eventually have a ripple effect world over. And that is the ISIS!

First it was Al-qaeda which they successfully botched up with the trouble in Iraq. Now, there is ISIS causing trouble in the middle east and even worse, setting precedents for groups like Boko Haram. So yes, we are invested. We wanted to know how the next American President would manage this.

We were looking out for foreign policies, foreign alliances, trade manifestos to an extent, stance world peace, terrorism, interference in the sovereign rule of other countries, and just the general understanding as well as the readiness to own up to how badly the American government has performed in those respects till date.

All we took away with from this final debate is that one candidate is being a chicken and the other (or both) might be puppets. Not very comforting.

There are two instances where either candidate could have made points in this regard that would have tilted us to favour them. The first is Putin and Russia (hacking, privacy, nuclear war heads come under this) and the second was Iraq (Benghazi, Syria, Assad, terrorism,, sovereignty of other countries e.t.c).

But they both failed.

So while results from polls may be rolling in; memes floating around and the American media generally steering us toward what to think, we are fairly certain that for us, there’s no clear winner.

On Iraq

This one has been one of the hot beds for both candidates since the first debate. Hilary Clinton promises she regrets having voted for the American occupation of Iraq championed by the Bush administration. Yet, she has not for once said whether or not she’d authorise the re-occupation of American forces if she becomes president. If one were to go by the current situation, then it means that America will only continue to lie to the rest of the world because we know that the Obama administration still sends troops to Iraq.

America should never have been there in there in the first place but what’s the new President going to do about it? Both candidates failed to show.

On Vladamir Putin and Russia

We’ve both of them bicker over whether Putin is best friends with Trump or not since day one. Hillary Clinton has even pushed the theory that Russia (“external forces”) are trying hard to influence American elections.

Last night when asked again, in relation to Wikileaks reports (about a totally different subject- open borders), Mrs Clinton deflected and accused Trump’s best friend, Putin, of having sponsored the Wikileaks reports and even hacked U.S servers. Trump denied knowing Putin, accused Clinton of being a chicken and said Putin has no respect for her and President Barack Obama.

According to Mrs Clinton: Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy. You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined… But you are very clearly quoting from wikileaks and what’s really important about wikileaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions, then they have given that information to Wikileaks for the purpose of putting it on the internet. This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly from Putin himself, in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed to influence our election. So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is finally will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans which he actually encouraged in the past?

Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.

In response, Trump was quick to point “that was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders, okay? How did we get off to Putin?”

And then Mr. Trump repeated something that we actually see some sense in:

“If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good.”

He’d said it at previous debates and we only wanted him to flesh it out but No!! They let the cross talking take over. “we’re in very serious trouble because we have a country [referring to Russia] with tremendous numbers of nuclear warheads, 1,800, by the way, where they expanded and we didn’t — 1800 nuclear warheads, and she’s playing chicken.

The next thing to happen is what we would call “unprecedented in the history Presidential debates”

Clinton- Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president.  And it’s pretty clear …

Trump- No puppet, no puppet.  You’re the puppet.

Clinton- It’s pretty clear but you won’t admit.

Trump- No, you’re the puppet.

Let’s just say that this is the point where we knew that there’s no winning with these two. Not for us.


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