Vice presidential debate: Questions that should be asked … and probably won’t

Tonight’s vice presidential debate presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on domestic and foreign policy policy will hit six topics over the course of an hour and a half. Moderator Martha Raddatz of the ABC News can’t possibly get in all the questions on the minds of Americans.  

Danielle Pletka, American Enterprise Institute: Foreign policy has been largely absent from the stage in this election, but in many ways, the job of the Vice President has been to wrangle especially challenging national security issues. Vice President Biden, that portfolio has included Iraq, a country which you once suggested be divided in three. But Iraq seems to be headed in the wrong direction. Do you and the administration believe, having chosen to exit Iraq in 2011, and with Maliki aiding Assad in Syria and answering to many demands from Tehran, that Iraq is an administration success story? Mr. Ryan, you rarely addressed the question of Iraq when on the Hill, what would you have counseled the president to do differently?

For other VP debate questions on the minds of policy experts, visit the Washington Post.

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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