Skip to comments.Cain's Foreign Policy Fogginess
Posted on 11/23/2011 8:24:43 PM PST by TitansAFC
"I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy," said Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain the other day after fumbling a question about President Obama's actions in Libya. "Because you run for president [people say] you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't!" His dearth of knowledge and interest in foreign policy was on full display in last night's GOP debate....
...On the Patriot Act, Mr. Cain was even more hazy. "If there are some areas of the Patriot Act that we need to refine, I'm all for that. But I do not believe we ought to throw out the baby with the bathwater." Again, he wouldn't specify which areas of the Patriot Act he disagreed with or thought should be amended. Neither would he say with any clarity whether he'd support an Israeli strike on Iran to destroy its nuclear weapons program.....
....Finally, when asked whether he would support a no-fly zone over Syria, he muttered that he would rather "work with our allies in the region to put pressure to be able to try and get our allies and other nations to stop buying oil from Syria." (The European Union implemented an oil embargo against Syria in September.) Then he pivoted to "growing this economy....
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That said: he is not the right man to occupy the Oval Office.
Many of us went through this with Gov. Palin. As the left/MSM continue the hatchet job on Mr. Cain, the more I’m inclined to support him. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
As a Clarence Thomas constitutional conservative, Mr. Cain in 8 years would undercut the foundation of LBJs welfare state and be an effective antidote to the left/media propaganda based on racism/sexism that pervades virtually EVERY policy debate. We will get no real change so long as the Big Lie is unchallenged- and Establishment Pubs, concerned only with survival in their private fiefdoms, will never challenge it.
In that sense, Mr. Cains value is not just winning in 2012- his value is 8 years of a conservative Black American undoing a dynamic that has perennially paralyzed the Republican Party on all levels of government.
I agree with those who say there may be a better candidates-— but I dont believe there is one that can better serve the ends of constitutional conservatives than the redoubtable Cain.
Instead of tearing him down- conservatives should be building him up-— his value to constitutional conservatism may well be transformational.
As time goes on, it’s becoming an uncomfortable truth, that many FReepers can better answer the questions posed to Herman Cain, particularly the questions relating to foreign policy. Of course, he’s the one on stage under pressure, but still ...
I prefer a man that has the ability to learn over a man that claims to know it all.
With all the snipeing, all the polls, and the orchastrated hit pieces, I remain...
Cain might be better in the VP slot because were the GOP nominee to win, he could gain experience for the top slot and be put to work reforming the bureaucracy.
He’s not experienced enough to be president.
I like the guy on a personal level having spoken with him 1-on-1, but he’s not ready.
He has a lot of support here! He’s only made rookie mistakes on his own. The other slams were media lies and smears, but he seems to have over ome that.
He really has to do some cramming to better himself on foreign policy if he’s going to debate the Marxist.
Little secret: I actually like Herman Cain, a lot. I believe he would be mostly, though not always Conservative. He is a likable man!
I also believe Patriot Perry and Intellectual Newt would be effective, Conservative Presidents. Santorum would be ideal, but he is a non-starter.
The issue in this case is that the GOP has always prided itself on being the knowledgable party when it comes to foreign policy. Being ignorant of it is bad enough; but proudly thumping one’s chest, boasting of one’s ignorance on foreign policy is particularly unacceptable.
Cain is not ready to be the leader of the Free World and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the history of the world. That’s not some anti-Cain screed, that’s the truth. He is not ready, and the Presidency is not an entry-level position on these things.
Still, I will be supporting whoever gets the nod, as long as it’s not Mitt or Huntsman.
How about Newt’s foreign policy on illegal immigration.
The guy does not give a $hit about our borders. Oh yeah he cheated on his wife because he loved America so much.
“When”, not if.
An oversight, I’m sure.
They can give them welfare, feed them, house them, educate them, provide them a drivers license, but for some reason they can't deport them????
This is the problem with Cain, he either has an airy answer, a joke answer, or a slogan answer.
If you watched the debates on foreign policy, and it is amazing how many who have so much to say did not even watch them, you would have seen all of the great experts so much more knowledgeable about foreign affairs than Mr. Cain, when asked what they would do about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and China.....
Every single one of them gave a different answer.
Iran was the best example. The suggestions ran the extremes of make love (Ron Paul) to bomb them. Sanctions, blockades....
Now if they are all so up on the topic, tell me why they did not agree.
The fact is that none of them, without privy to a high security briefing by the CIA, the military, etc., do not have enough information to make a decision.
So they were all just running their mouths.
The silliest of all were the suggestions of sanctions and a blockade.
We have had sanctions against Cuba for 50 years and Castro is the longest living dictator in modern history.
As for blockades, I assume that would mean that any Russian or Chinese ship or plane would be fired upon when they attempted to breach the blockade.
Why don’t I like that idea? Well, I well remember WWII and I am not looking forward to WWIII.
Before you accept the MSM’s anointed experts and condemn Cain, think more about how widely varying the experts were in their opinions. That should scare the hell out of you.
The media writes as if we are all flaming morons and have no idea what any of the candidates mean.
Simple google search and here it is...
Basic search on google returns and Main data source: CIA World Fact Book
Syria Oil is major export - $3.2 billion 25% of revenue http://t.co/6gAZOWr
“Earnings from oil exports are one of the government’s most important sources of foreign exchange”
And on Iran regarding mountains - another basic google search turns up from MSNBC
Iran to put nuke sites inside mountains
Move appears aimed at shielding facilities from military attack
Journalists are so damn lazy. Research is ignored and facts are created.
Do you like / respect Condoleezza Rice when it comes to Foreign Policy?
If so, you might want to take a look at some of her opinions about whether a candidate needs to be an expert on foreign policy before taking office. She says no. And she has been specifically asked about Cain in this regard.
Perry and Newt said they would strengthen if they knew what was in it FIRST...Time for this feeble reporter to whine about them too.
Why doesn’t the WSJ endorse the pro-amnesty pro-mandate influence peddler and get it over with, enough with the pretense.
LOL want to freak out the left?
Your post brought a thought to my mind.
Cain / Rice.
Liberals heads would absolutely explode. All across America.
Horsepuckey. He didn't "mutter" anything. Whether this author liked what Cain said or not, he is spewing a lie here. Cain spoke clearly, plainly, and with purpose. There was no muttering.
So many of these hit pieces smack so hard of racism it's pathetic. Thank God Cain grew up in the segregated South, and he's dealt with it his whole life, so he is stronger than any of us when it comes to these attacks.
“That said: he is not the right man to occupy the Oval Office.”
AND, there is no way on earth that he could win against Obama, none.
I think you’re right. He’s very intelligent, but he has to learn the craft.
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