One of the biggest takeaways I had from the fourth GOP presidential debate (other than it being nothing but a giant infomercial for the Republican party) was that Ben Carson was almost completely absent. Sure, he was there, but he hardly said anything. While he claims he doesn’t “butt in” during debates because that’s “not his style,” I’m not buying that. As we saw during his ridiculous outburst at the media last week, Carson has absolutely no problem getting loud or talking over someone else.
In my opinion, Ben Carson’s often quiet approach in these debates is all a part of his strategy. The last thing someone who doesn’t know much of anything about the economy, foreign affairs or government wants to do is be involved in a heated back and forth debate with people who know a whole lot more than he does.
Take for instance his “answer” when he was asked about the Middle East:
Well, putting the special ops people in there is better than not having them there because they… that’s why they’re called special ops. They’re actually able to guide some of the other things that we’re doing there. And what we have to recognize is that Putin is trying to really spread his influence throughout the Middle East. This is going to be his base. And we have to oppose him there and in an effective way. We also must recognize it’s a very complex place. You know, the Chinese are there, as well as the Russians, and you have all kinds of factions there. What we’ve been doing so far is very ineffective. But we can’t give up ground right there. But we have to look at this on a much more global scale. We’re talking about global jihadists, and their desire is to destroy us and to destroy our way of life. So we have to be saying, how do we make them look like losers, because that’s the way they’re able to gather a lot of influence, and I think in order to make them look like losers, we have to destroy their caliphate.
And you look for the easiest place to do that, it would be in Iraq. Outside of Anbar in Iraq, there’s a big energy field. Take that from them. Take all of that land from them. We could do that, I believe, fairly easily, I’ve learned from talking to several generals, and then you move on from there. But you have to continue to face them because our goal is not to contain them, but to destroy them before they destroy us.
That’s a Sarah Palin-level incoherent word salad, ladies and gentlemen. It’s better to have special ops in Syria than not have them because that’s why they’re called special ops? Then the “best way” to keep ISIS from being able to recruit is apparently to make them look like “losers.” Yes, that sounds like a solid foreign policy suggestion. I can see it now, the Make ISIS Look Like Losers Act. It looks to me like Donald Trump is rubbing off on somebody.
Then let’s not forget his fear-mongering against the minimum wage, claiming that “every time” we raise the minimum wage we lose jobs. Of course, that isn’t true. In fact, there’s no legitimate correlation between raising the minimum wage and job losses.
Being that this was nothing but a giant Republican presidential campaign ad sponsored by Fox Business, obviously he wasn’t pressed to defend any of the rather sketchy details about his past. I guess they didn’t find it relevant to ask a presidential candidate if Americans should be concerned that he thinks the great pyramids of Egypt were biblical grain storages.
We also saw his Benghazi jab at Hillary Clinton, a clear effort to pander to the sheep and deflect any possible questions about his own dishonesty. He almost seemed to be suggesting that Clinton hasn’t faced scrutiny, which is absurd. A total of eight Benghazi investigations and an 11-hour testimony prove that the Republican party has spent plenty of time (and millions of dollars) trying to bring Hillary Clinton down for partisan political purposes.
It’s becoming evident to me that Ben Carson’s strategy in these debates is to speak only when spoken to (which seems to be as little as he can possibly get away with), hoping that by doing so the “charm” some seem to find appealing will continue to carry him in the polls. Because I can tell you this much, when it comes to actual knowledge about anything related to taxes, the economy, foreign affairs or government in general – when he actually does speak, he clearly doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.