Herman Cain Libya
November 15, 2011 by staff
In a meeting with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the pizza magnate – and former frontrunner in the Republican leadership contest – stumbled repeatedly when asked whether he agreed with the way Barack Obama dealt with the situation.
Cain, whose star has begun to wane following a string of sexual harassment allegations, struggled to show he understood what had been happening in Libya and why.
He paused, leaning back in his chair before replying: “OK, Libya. 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 agree,’ or ‘no I didn’t agree.’ I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – nope, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to, see … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with Obama on?”
His inquisitors tried to eke out what Cain would have done had he been in the White House but to little avail.
He said: “Some people say as president you’re supposed to know everything. No you don’t. I believe in having all the information, as much of it as I possibly can, rather than making a decision or statement about whether I totally agree or disagree when I wasn’t privy to the situation.”
After much fidgeting and prevarication, Cain eventually claimed he would have done a better job than the president.
Cain’s spokesman attributed the hesitation to tiredness, saying he had only slept for four hours because of a busy campaign schedule when he sat for the interview.
His temporary lapse of focus may deflect attention away from another interview in which he strongly suggests that the majority of US Muslims have extremist views.
Earlier this year Cain said he would not feel “comfortable” appointing a Muslim to his cabinet but his remarks in the December edition of GQ go one step further.
Over slices of pizza he told reporters: “I have nothing against peaceful Muslims. Nothing whatsoever. But I also know that we must be careful of extremists and we must be careful of the tendency by some groups in this country to infuse their beliefs into our laws and our culture.”
He was asked if there was a “greater tendency” among the Muslim faith for “that kind of extremism”.
Cain replied: “That would be a judgment call that I’m probably not qualified to make, because I can’t speak on behalf of the entire Muslim community. I have talked with Muslims that are peaceful Muslims. And I have had one very well-known Muslim voice say to me directly that a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.”
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