Cain Talks Foreign Policy on NBC’s 'Meet the Press'
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain tipped his hand on foreign policy in a wide-ranging debut interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Politico reports.
When asked how he would respond to the failed plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, the tea party favorite said, “President Cain would first make sure that he’s making the right decision based upon all of the information . . . If it’s an act of war, and the evidence suggests that, then I’m going to consult with my advisers and say, ‘What are our options?’”
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said he was guided philosophically by foreign policy giants such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, and former Pentagon official K.T. McFarland. Bolton and McFarland are both standard-bearers of the neoconservative movement.
However, when asked if he would describe himself as a neoconservative, Cain seemed uncertain. “I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement,” Cain said. “I’m familiar with the conservative movement and let me define what I mean by the conservative movement. Less government. Less taxes. More individual responsibility.”
On the issue of Iraq, Cain sharply disagreed with President Obama’s troop drawdown policy, saying the current plan leaves the country vulnerable to Iranian interference. On Afghanistan, Cain offered a simple metric for victory.
“In Afghanistan, victory is, ‘Can we leave Afghanistan in a situation where they can defend themselves?’” said Cain. “I don’t know if that’s possible right now because here again, what do the commanders on the ground say? What does the intelligence community say? A lot of analysis needs to go into determining whether or not there is a definition of victory in Afghanistan.”