America needs to re-assert itself, but wisely; Cain needs to give it up…

November 15, 2011

After Herman Cain’s embarrassment over a foreign policy question before an editorial board one scholar said he is going to quit commenting on Cain because it is unkind to pick on ignoramuses. I comment on this further down in the post — just wanted to say that off the top.


As much as I abhor the terrible waste of money and human lives (and I should not put money before human lives) we have wasted in the Middle East, it occurs to me that the United States must do what it can to remain the world’s super power — for if we lose our spot someone else will take it and they might not be so friendly to us or the rest of the world.

That is not to say we must be at perpetual war in the Middle East or anywhere else, but we cannot hide our heads in the sand either.

But the problem is our economic system is in havoc. I think we are in danger of going the way of  our old foe the Soviet Union, the mighty nation who once shared the world stage with us as the world’s only other super power.

Now we have China rising as the United States has let its manufacturing capability atrophy and fall away.

We have also turned into a somewhat directionless society with little sense of purpose in the world.

The United States must restore its manufacturing base and must not just talk about becoming energy independent but do so in any and every way it can. There is no one source of energy or energy-producing method to solve our problems. We need to combine methods and do much research.

We do need to utilize our natural resources while maintaining strict, but sensible and reasonable environmental controls.

And most of all we need to move beyond the right and left, Republican/Democratic narrative or script on everything and get our nation rolling again with a sense of purpose.

In my last post I said I would read more of the transcript of the recent CBS GOP presidential candidate foreign policy debate. I have read some more (and I did hear parts of it live), but so far nothing has really jumped out at me and nothing seems much different from what President Obama is already doing, save a little 20/20 hindsight.

Newt Gingrich, who is rising in the polls, sounded pretty astute in the debate and said we need to take a wide view of the situation in Afghanistan and realize the connection with what is going on in Pakistan (I think that is what he said). But I also thought it peculiar when he talked about using covert methods in Iran, “all strictly deniable”. Well not when you just went public with the fact you would use covert methods. But anyway, of course we have already and will continue to do so.

It is also senseless for candidates to say what specifically they would do in any one hypothetical instance. I mean why would they give their strategy away? We do need to know the direction they would take, though, on foreign policy.

Herman Cain went before a newspaper editorial board, and through lack of sleep, an attack of nerves, or even just plain ignorance, made a fool of himself, seemingly not being able to remember what he was supposed to say about Libya or even what the situation was there. He now rivals Rick Perry, who could not remember the third cabinet department he would dismantle, in a previous debate, for the Bozo or maybe flop sweat award. Mr. Cain was once a CEO and had held other high positions. He must know that if a job applicant failed that miserably on a question pertinent to the job he was applying for he would most certainly not get the job, no matter what his excuse.

A story and video of Cain flop on Libya question:,0,1827861.story