The foreign policy disaster of the second presidential debate

Has anyone learned anything from the last decade of failure?

Foreign policy nonsense.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The second presidential debate of the 2016 general election was a humiliating, awkward disaster zone that will get traveling Americans jeered in foreign bars for the next two decades at least. The overwhelming reason, of course, was Donald Trump, who responded to a question about how he boasted about sexually assaulting women by changing the subject to ISIS, admitted he had used a nearly $1 billion loss to avoid paying taxes for years, and said that if he were president, Hillary Clinton would be "in jail."

The most coherent section of the debate was, rather surprisingly, on foreign policy. Unfortunately, it was still a comprehensive disaster — from the choice of question to the answers from both candidates.

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