Sunday, September 28, 2008

How the US presidential debate played overseas

The Christian Science Monitor did this roundup on how the first US presidential debate was received overseas; some of the reactions were interesting.

In short, Obama's talk about pursuing terrorists into Pakistan scared the Pakistanis while exciting the Afghanis, since they blame Taliban agents based in the border areas of Pakistan for causing trouble within their own country. Russians didn't like what they heard from either candidate - both of who took a tough line on Russia over the recent conflict in Georgia. Finally the debate got little reception in many of the hotspots in the Middle East - Iraq, Iran, and Syria - where the end of the holy month of Ramadan was a much bigger deal than the first presidential debate.

We’ll see what they think of Thursday’s vice-presidential debate.
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