The second debate is over, and it was like staring at the sun. That debate was ugly. There’s too much to say. I’m not sure where to begin. Overall, it was entertaining. The opening speeches were OK, not great, almost eerily tame. They both knew this was going to turn into a geriatric boxing match. It turned ugly very quickly once Trump’s recent controversial comments came up.

They didn’t shake hands. It’s been noted by many and felt by most that a level of civility has left our culture. That became evident as the debate raged on. This week we as a people have infected ourselves with Trump’s statements. Trump’s ‘grab the P’ tape has interested everyone, not because of political reasons, but because we’re easily distracted. In fact, it seems like distractions are wanted.

The emails came up once again – and that’s fine – but it’s sad there hasn’t been a press conference by the Clinton campaign to answer the question from the media fully. It adds to the drama and theatre of the debate. In the positive news, there was a decent discussion on Obamacare and some more detailed discussions on taxes. But, bear in mind the bar is low on policy detail this election cycle.

“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump said to Clinton. I knew he had to come out swinging and he did. In this debate, Trump kept on his message. He played his cards as he intended to. He kept hold long enough to make sure each card touched the table in a row promptly. That might be an overstatement, but I feel like he was boxing in there, not just flailing and sniffing. That is to say, he didn’t lose his mind, and it seems, had an idea what he wanted to do. Trump quotes things, brought stuff up, and tried to use facts and observations. The last debate I just felt like he went down weird tangents and it seldom made sense to me.

I was surprised that Trump made sense on Syria. Hillary gave stock answers that some may like but doesn’t add up. He got it more right than Hillary for sure. I believe the Hillary stance is that the military and intelligence will figure it out – and she can write checks they’ll cash. They prop up the idea that the army and intelligence are so smart and so capable they can make the impossible happen.

Trump questioned the utility of military intervention in Syria. Trump questioned whether or not, by way of questioning the identity and validity of the rebels, there was in ousting Assad right now. He fundamentally challenged our Syrian policy – which is the right thing to do. That opens a conversation to solving problems, not furthering them with the confidence you know better than others. Earlier in the debate, Trump mentioned that ISIS is a product of a vacuum left open by lame Iraqi policy decision making. He’s not wrong. Although this iteration of ISIS is an evolution, that’s been set in motion for some time.

A ‘no-fly zone’ would mean war with Russia and Syria if it expanded to include the totality of air space in Syria. Aleppo is not the only location of atrocities and civilian deaths. The entire country is under siege by one faction or another. Why would we stop with Aleppo? The best solution, similar to chemical weapons, might include using Russian ADA assets to establish a ‘no-fly zone.’ Russia must be a part of the solution. We can’t allow post cold war peace to completely turn ablaze.

‘No Fly Zone’ requires War