To Repeat: Herman Cain Is Ignorant About Foreign Policy

The latest example of Herman Cain’s absolute ignorance when it comes to foreign policy is found in an interview yesterday with ABC News:

On foreign policy, asked about Iran having nuclear weapons and how he would respond, Cain says he’d go for … energy independence. But what if it’s your first day in office, asks Karl? I’m not going to wait until my first day in office, responds Cain.

That’s so incoherent that it justifies the line: not even wrong. Cain then refuses to answer any further on the grounds that it’s a hypothetical question. Duh.

This isn’t the first time Cain has given a wholly incoherent answer when asked about Iranian nuclear weapons, he did much the same thing when Bill O’Reilly asked him months ago. Of course, he wasn’t the frontrunner back them.

Saturday’s debate is supposed to be only about foreign policy. Cain’s performance should be gaffetasically entertaining.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Bob says:

    So what happens when Iran refuses to give up their enriched plutonium for solar panels and a windmill?

    I can’t wait! I gotta’ know!

  2. David M says:

    Herman Cain Is Ignorant About Foreign Policy

    This is the GOP primary, that’s a feature, not a bug.

  3. A voice from another precinct says:

    Is there anything that Herman Cain isn’t ignorant about?

  4. Moosebreath says:

    At least Cain can remember all the things he wants to cut out of the government. Rick Perry failed that test tonight.

  5. MarkedMan says:

    I’m curious. Anyone out there willing to make the argument that someone as ignorant and uncurious as Cain, Bachman, Perry, and Palin would ever top a Democratic primary poll?

  6. BleevK says:

    @Moosebreath: let’s now call him “President at least.”