Former pizza magnate also unaware China has nukes
November 2, 2011
Herman Cain’s foreign policy objectives were on show once again last night as the GOP candidate made some bizarre statements that should have even the most ardent Republican hawks worried.
During a lengthy interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, Cain suggested that he wouldn’t see it as a problem to enter into full on military confrontation with Iran.
When O’Reilly asked “What is the most important foreign policy problem the United States has to deal with today?” Cain attempted to sidestep the issue by giving a generic answer and simply replying “Lack of clarity”.
“No, specifically.” O’Reilly countered, “What area of the world concerns you the most?”
“The Middle East, obviously….” Cain answered, somewhat reticently.
“At the time I become president I will have to evaluate the situation in Iraq, and Iran, and everyone of these countries.” he added.
After failing to convince O’Reilly with more of the same rhetoric about energy independence and pleading “work with me here Bill, work with me,” Cain conceded that in order to deal with Iran he would “maximise the use of our Ballistic missile Defence capabilities.”
” I Would double the use of ballistic missile capable ships,” Cain explained, adding “Iran understands only two things, economic pressure and military might.”
“So you’re going to put warships in the Gulf, because they’ll attack them, you know.” O’Reilly hamfistedly countered.
“That would be perfectly alright, because I believe that we have superior capability.” Cain replied.
The interview then culminated in the following mind blowing exchange:
O’Reilly: “But then we’d be in a shooting war with Iran. Do you really want that?”
Cain: “I don’t want that, Bill. But if they fire first we have to defend ourselves.”
O’Reilly: “But isn’t that a provocation if you put warships off their coast?”
Cain: “No. They’ve already announced that they are going to put their ships off our coast in international waters.”
And boom, before you can say ‘hold the anchovies’, the U.S. is at war with Iran under a Cain presidency!
Watch the interview below:
Earlier in the week Cain made another embarrassing gaffe on PBS’ NewsHour, when he unwittingly revealed that he was unaware that China has nuclear weapons.
When Asked if he considers China to be a military threat, Cain replied that “they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability.”
Indeed they have, ever since they first exploded a nuclear bomb in 1964.
It is clear that should Cain become President, by some tragic miracle, his complete lack of knowledge concerning simple geopolitics and straight forward international relations would leave the Executive once again at the mercy of the gaggle of already circling warmongering neocon advisors.
Cain isn’t worried about such an eventuality, however, given that he has no clue what the term ‘neoconservative’ even means.
But hey, the guy sure can sing.A newly released Quinnipiac University poll has Cain as the outright frontrunner in the GOP race.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm