Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

Cain Gets Lost on Libya

Identifying Herman Cain's most egregious foreign policy gaffe is a bit like trying to locate the brightest spot on the sun, but his November 14 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial board offered a shining example of the presidential candidate's complete lack of interest in global affairs. When asked if he agreed with President Obama's decision-making on Libya, Cain struggled to find any response. "Okay, Libya," he said, taking a long pause before tentatively asking, "President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Gaddafi? Just want to make sure we're talking about the same thing before I say 'yes I agreed' or 'no I didn't agree.'" He continued: "I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason: Um... Nope! that's a different one. Let's see, I've got to go back, um, I've got all of this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me do I agree with or not agree with?" Finding no mercy with his interviewers, Cain finally produced an answer, which he restated in various different ways throughout the rest of the interview: "I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is." In his defense, Cain's campaign said he was fatigued from campaigning, but a few days later, he suggested that the Taliban, a militant group active only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, was "going to be a part of the government" with Gaddafi out of power.