The third (and, thankfully, final) presidential debate will be devoted to foreign policy topics. Expect to hear a lot about Governor Romney’s love of American Exceptionalism. As I’ve written before American Exceptionalism is a loaded, dog-whistle term that serves as an excuse for misadventure abroad and inaction at home.
President Obama will likely remind us about his work to end the war in Iraq. He will not remind us about his promise four years ago to close the “terrorist” storage facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Expect both to get into a pissing contest over who loves Israel more.
If President Obama increases his debate aggressiveness again tonight, he may try to compare and contrast his and Governor Romney’s world police tough guy cred. It might go something like this: