The problem that (as seems increasingly likely) will be the toughest, most immediate thing on the plate of the next president will be what to do about the war in Iraq. It wasn’t until over an hour into the debate that a single question about the war in Iraq was posed to the candidates. They each gave their take on it and everyone moved on – with obvious relief – to a hypothetical question about involvement in Darfur. If we can’t pin candidates down about what they will do about a real and crushing war we are already in (and doing a really bad job of it), why spend even more time asking them to imagine ways we might get involved somewhere else (regardless of how obvious the need is)? And…it might be a good idea to find out how the next president plans to deal with the War on Terrorism. As bad as things are right now, for sure, it could get a whole lot worse.