Skip to comments.Herman Cain: 'I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy'
Posted on 11/16/2011 8:34:37 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Herman Cain: 'I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy'
By: Maggie Haberman November 16, 2011 10:06 AM EST
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, whose editorial board interview with Herman Cain produced one of the most memorable videos of 2012, spent a day on his campaign bus with some nice highlights.
He defended his view that presidents and presidential candidates don't need to be immersed in the fine print of world affairs - they simply need to be leaders who can surround themselves with the right people and sift through their advice.
"I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I'd throw that out," he said, a dig at his critics.
"I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't! That's not good decision-making," said Cain.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Bless his heart.
obama had none of the bases covered.
all candidates have their pluses and minuses.
you elect them believing that they have the ability to cover their minuses.
what experience has romney in foreign affairs?
Technically, while Cain is probably right, the press is going to have a field day with it.
Our last 4 Presidents thought they were foreign policy geniuses. How has that worked out for us?
It sounds like Cain is telling them that he doesn't know the details of Libyan policy, which all but meant that they were going to ask him about it later in the meeting..
While running for President, Bill Clinton basically said the same thing.
While it is definitely more important to have your loyalties in the right place (unlike the present "occupier" of the White House), one should have some basic understanding of foreign policy in order to properly lead the country.
And the fact is, like it or not, I don’t care how focused a President is on domestic issues, most likely, his Presidency will be defined by Foreign Policy.....see George W Bush.
I love it
Every other candidate seems to think they are capable of kowing everything about everything- but when you listen to their answers it is nothing more than polished political-speak
I love that he says “I dont kow the answer to everythig- so I know enough to hire advisors who do”
I do the same in business- I am a computer system engineer-but I know surprisingly little about the physical aspects of networking, so I have people under me who implement what I tell them to- I dont know or care to know all the details about how they run the wires into the building from the street- I know I have competant people in charge of that.
I dont have the time to know every single detail about a small percentage of the system. I have many many other things to worry about to make sure they are working too.
politico? Making up the news as fast as they can.. FAIL
I’m willing to give Cain a pass on this. At least he doesn’t think there are 57+ states, and he knows what religion he follows.
We also had a president who admitted he was not well-versed in minutiae and considered himself the idea man and his advisers the experts:
His name was RONALD REAGAN.
I thought I would just throw that out there.
I don’t know the details of the Libyan policy. I don’t have access to all the secret meetings. And neither does any other candidate.
And I doubt obama knows either. He’s too busy playing golf. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s being pulled by a lot of puppetmasters.
Obama thought Hawaii was in Asia, and he’s been President how long now?
Stupid MSNBC....I mean Politico.
Even from Politico this is pretty damning.
We can trust Politico to not creatively edit Cain’s quotes. Yuh. Right.
Reagan had the 30,000 foot view of things...and my guess is that is what Cain has.
Yeah, but he’s really denigrating the importance of the office of President here.
Why not just pick someone out of the phone book?
As far as Cain’s advisor quality goes, see Mr. Block.
and Obama has the 30,000ths of an inch view of everything. ;-)
OK, I'm confused.
Sigh.... Politico is full of Sh!7 ...
Technically he is correct.
The higher up the food chain of leadership you go, the less important it is to have the technical mastery of a subject and the more important it is to have the ability to appoint good people with that technical mastery.
But you should have some understanding of the subject so you can find those good people.
Sigh.... Politico is full of Sh!7 ...
If he doesn’t know anything (his words) then how does he know who are the right people? He’ll listen to the commanders on the ground, but suppose those officers aren’t as honorable and talented as Petraeus. Suppose they’re perfumed princes like Clark. Will he know that their advice is skewed? I have no experience in foreign affairs, but through reading, traversing the web, watching TV I know much more than Mr. Cain. The average Freeper does too. He has had two months since his “stans” comments and the “right of return” brain freeze and has seemed to have made no effort to educate himself in any matters beyond 9 9 9. He should withdraw from the race immediately. His presence is an embarrassment.
Unlike Newt, Herman hasn’t spent the last decade or more cramming every detail of everything into his cranium, white papers, books, debate prep, etc... we NEED the true conservative to win the nomination, not the sharpest tool in the shed...
I liked Cain’s quote from yesterday, about “sissy pizza,” far better than this one.
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Yeah, there is an element of truth in what Cain says, but how he saying it is terrible. I really don’t know what to make of his statement. I’ll have to think about his one, lol. One thing is for sure he just gave his enemies another stick to beat him with.
Let’s see... Some President Geniuses:
Some Presidents who recognized their own inadequacies and surrounded themselves with experts to help guide them:
I’ll take the “novices”...
WHOSE foreign policy?
Cain was speaking as a competent CEO that is used to surrounding himself with well-qualified
not the sharpest tool in the shed...
Probably not the best campaign slogan for Cain...
A civilian leader that “gets it”
To illustrate the point: “What did Romney know, and when did he learn it”?
A. Romney doesn't know squat, he never has been in a position to learn it. BUT, he thinks he knows something...and that is dangerous.
Obama thinks he knows something too.
Don’t worry he’s got Kissinger to back him up.
I’ll take Cain, warts and all.
At least I know what I’m getting.
Yeah, Perry’s advisors are really on the ball too /eyeroll
Like I said... Cain’s a gaffe-a-minute, and the hits just keep on coming...
Well, the Cretin-in-Chief certainly knows nothing about foreign policy, so what’s the big deal?
Agreed. Either Cain is it, or it’s ‘four more years’, and let’s focus on retaking the Senate and keeping the House.
It would help if he would point out that both Obama and Biden were cock-sure of everything they said on foreign policy - and have been proven wrong on just about everything they said campaigning.
It would help hammer the message home.
More Lies from Politico!
Herman Cain DID NOT say this. View the view for yourself and see.
It is what the media does.
Perhaps he should just blubber like the other candidates who double talk around an issue about which they know no more about than most FREEPERS. Cain is to the point and honest. With that said, he could make better decisions than Obama does with all of his daily briefings.
First, I’ve got to admit that being an “anyone-but-Romney” (ABR) voter is proving to be a challenge this year...
Second, as we vacillate from one ABR candidate to another, Ron Paul keeps gaining ground. He won’t win the nomination, but if he gets sufficiently strong, he might be tempted to go third party, which would be a disaster, and would hand the election to Obama, in my opinion.
Gingrich has soooo much baggage, including liberal baggage quite similar to Romney’s. Perry got such a bad start it’s hard to see him recover, though it could happen. Cain just doesn’t look like he’s ready for prime time, but would undoubtedly be a better President than Obama.
And those are my top choices, in any order. If only we had someone with Gingrich’s grasp of the issues, Perry’s governing experience, and Cain’s combination of core principles and likeability.
Right now, I’m still tempted to go with core principles and likeability, but what a mess...
[ Why not just pick someone out of the phone book? ]
Arguably would have been a better thing to do in the last 20 some years.....
Do you have better option? No. You don’t.