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October 2, 2008

How to Talk About Politics You Don't Really Understand

A shamelessly oversimplified cocktail-party guide to where the candidates stand on the big questions.

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The War on Terror

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ISSUE
The War on Terror:
Do we pull troops out of Iraq? Send more to Afghanistan?

MCCAIN'S TAKE
Wants to stay the course in Iraq, with no firm withdrawal date, and add at least 10,000 more troops (some from NATO) in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

OBAMA'S TAKE
Wants most troops out of Iraq by the end of 2010. Would take the fight (and at least 7000 more troops) back to Afghanistan.

YOUR SMARTY-PANTS SOUND BITE
"Well, Iraq isn't the first time we've overestimated an enemy. Hello, NSC-68? The intelligence report that grossly misrepresented Russia's capabilities, jump-started the Cold War, and pushed us into a decades-long arms race? Duh."

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