Assessment of debate: R did what he had to do; O didn't
Tonight Romney had to show he was capable of being the commander-in-chief and steward of our international relations. He achieved that. He took small telling shots as in "attacking me is not a policy." More importantly, he was very effective whenever he went to strategy. He showed detailed understanding of numerous countries. Impressive.
The president's line equating the ships of the Navy with horses of the old cavalry struck me as laying a trap for himself. Sounded dismissive of the military and its needs. In this and other ways, he seemed small at times. Further, he needed to show Romney as unready and reckless. In that, he failed.
So bottom line: Romney wins again. To my eye, all the debates have been Romney wins -- the first one huge, the second small, this one in between.