You gotta hand it to Herman Cain, this month’s GOP barnstormer. He knows absolutely nothing about foreign policy. He not only admits it, he embraces it. Foreign policy creates no jobs. Its not particularly suited to pithy slogans like his 9-9-9 plan, or the making of cute proclamations like “I kinda like my guns and my bible.” Its complicated. It rarely makes for compelling reading. Its somebody’s else’s problem.
Last week, Cain gave an interview to CBN where he proudly declared that he does not waste his time on the pesky details of foreign policy, like the name of the President of “Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan.” Heck, to even ask the question is to engage in “gotcha” journalism. You know, like Katie Couric asking Sarah Palin what newspapers she reads. Who needs to know these things? They will not create even a single job. Besides, Cuba’s not too far from Cain’s home in Georgia so he must know something about foreign policy.
Here’s Cain waxing poetic over his foreign policy ignorance:
Cain waded again into the foreign policy abyss yesterday in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox. It seems that Cain is not “foreign policy dumb.” He’s been studying the stuff with some very smart advisors for the past nine months. He plans to employ that vast knowledge only in the right place and only at the right time. You know, sometime in the future. Then, we’ll all be very, very surprised at the depth of his understanding. The joke will be on all of us. We’ll question why we even questioned him in the first place:
So there you have it. Cain’s approach to foreign policy: “What? Me Worry?” Until he drops back to single digits in the polls by mid-November.