Friday, October 21, 2011

This is really getting embarrassing

Herman Cain talked foreign policy at the Western Republican Leadership Conference today in Las Vegas. Taking on his detractors, he said, “I have been criticized for not having extensive foreign policy experience. And the guy there now does?” Hmm. I guess Cain doesn't know that President Obama (the fella with the Nobel Peace Prize) has been running American foreign affairs since 2009 with élan. Just ask bin Laden (if you can find the body) or the late Col. Qaddafi (if you find the morgue). So what exactly is Cain's foreign policy? “Peace through strength and clarity,” he said. In other words, peace through superior firepower, as the trope goes. Or as Tacitus would put it: Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant (Where they create desolation, they call it peace). Cain also pledged to “stop giving money to our enemies and tell the world who our friends are.” He declined to say which enemies our government is currently handing cash to. Turning to the Far East, the Hermanator is convinced that as president he can browbeat China into submission. “My strategy for China is three words: Outgrow China,” he said. Um, that's two words. Unlike Rick Perry (who spoke to the same group earlier), Cain got a standing ovation. Frightening, isn't it?

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