The number of things I take strong issue with that came out of the mouths of both candidates is very long. However, the way they addressed the following is just too huge to let slide by unaddressed, even though I am very busy with other pressing matters closer to home, so to speak:
...would either of you be willing to declare that an attack on Israel is an attack on the United States, which, of course, is the same promise that we give to our close allies like Japan.[?]
And if you made such a declaration, would not that deter Iran? It's [sic] certainly deterred the Soviet Union for a long, long time when we made that — we made — we made that promise to our allies.
Under absolutely no circumstances should either of those two have failed to make completely clear that if Israel starts a war, is the belligerent party, the aggressor, attacks any other nation without proof of real imminent attack by that other nation on Israel, that the United States definitely will not fight on Israel's side or supply Israel with any weapons or ammunition but rather completely and immediately cut off Israel militarily.
The US should always be first and foremost about peace making and peace keeping. The US should always be about humanitarian assistance. It should never be about "having the back" of any war criminals, whether they be Zionists or any other kind.
If Israel starts an illegal war, it should be on its own vis-a-vis the US. That's just how it is.
Yes, the US could step in with all the other nations of the world to prevent wholesale genocide, but it would have to do that only while making clear that Israel was completely responsible/wrong and to be held to full account.
Now, that's all speaking from a global secular perspective and not a Christian perspective. I'm simply stating the very least Romney and Obama should have said just to be consistent with the ostensible international and national rules.
As for Japan, those rules apply. Japan could not launch into a war against China just to supposedly pre-empt the Chinese concerning some unproven, even wild, accusation of the Japanese and expect to receive US military backing.
What a terrible series of "debates." Disgusting!