Last night, Barack Obama had his best debate. But even in his best debate, he looked small and petty, particularly in one crucial exchange with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Romney criticized Obama’s plans to drastically cut military spending, and focused more specifically on Obama’s cuts to the Navy: “our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now at under 285. We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration.”

Obama responded not by defending his record on military cuts – he doesn’t have a record that shows strength on military spending. Instead, he went small. Actually, small doesn’t cut it. He went minute:

Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting slips. It’s what are our capabilities.

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