Hermain Cain did an interview with a far right Israeli newspaper called Israel Hayom and engaged in some serious demagoguery, with a whole lot of ignorance unsurprisingly thrown in for good measure. But he also revealed who might be his VP choice if he gets the nomination:
Who would you feel most comfortable going with to the White House as your number two?
Newt Gingrich. Despite some of the baggage that he has, he’s the most knowledgable, the sharpest, and respected by all. But unfortunately you have some of the social conservatives out there who still want to go back to some of the disagreements that they had with him early on in his career. But in terms of someone who brings the greatest mind, of intellectual capital, history, knowledge and experience … Now, electability is a different consideration.
In a Cain administration there would be no question in the minds of the world and the American people that we would stand with Israel. No question. It wasn’t the president’s right to suggest that they change those borders and I didn’t agree with that. For example, I think that the so-called Palestinian people have this urge for unilateral recognition because they see this president as weak.
Unilateral recognition? Virtually the entire world recognizes that the Palestinian people should be able to govern themselves to one degree or another. Hell, a large proportion of Israelis recognize that. And asking the United Nations to recognize that can’t possibly be called “unilateral.” The government of Israel is virtually alone — that’s what unilateral means, Herman — in not recognizing that.
And this cliche about “standing with Israel” is nonsensical. What does it mean? Does it mean we would defend Israel against attack? Of course we would. No one could possibly doubt that. But if it means agreeing with anything the government of Israel does, no one in their right mind should ever support such an idea.
What do you think of the Obama administration’s handling of Iran and what would you do differently, if anything?
I don’t know if this is going to translate well in your language: Choke. Choke them economically. Here’s what I mean by that and I know that that’s not politically correct to say but here’s the idea: It costs them $70 a barrel to break even on their oil. It costs Saudi Arabia $30. We’re going to develop an energy-independent strategy. We will move toward energy independence in the Cain administration. We’ve got the resources to do it, we need the will, the leadership and we get some of these unnecessary regulations out of the way. We will impact the world price of oil. We get the price of oil down to $70 or below, and the Iranians won’t have enough money to build a nuclear program. They’re going to have to worry about feeding their people instead.
Talk about ignorance. Pssst. Herman….We don’t buy any oil from Iran. And if we managed to bring up every drop of oil under land that the U.S. controls, it would have almost no impact on oil prices. And a whole lot of that oil has not been brought up precisely because it is too expensive to do so and won’t be cost effective without the price of oil being higher than it is now, not lower. Cain simply has no idea what he’s talking about.
But here’s the real demagoguery:
Do you think this president represents American values?
I do not believe he represents American values. One of our American values is: America is an exceptional country. He appears to want to try and apologize for that. Americans hate that. They hate that. It’s not that Americans feel arrogant but the opportunities that people have in this country, the standard of living that people have in this country, is exceptional. Our military capability, it’s exceptional. It’s weaker now, but it’s exceptional. That’s a huge American value. That same attitude is what started this country. And it appears as if he is trying to diminish and mitigate that. So from that standpoint he doesn’t represent American values.
I’ve got news for you, Herman. Americans ARE arrogant about their country. We have this crying need to be continually reminded of both our greatness and our goodness. And if anyone dares to bring up the atrocities we have continually inflicted on others around the world, demagogues like you scream “communist!” and shout them down. As a whole, Americans are abysmally ignorant about the rest of the world and about this country’s terrible record of mistreating others. We have this incredibly stupid and childish notion of nationalism that jumps immediately on the bandwagon for any war the leaders talk us into supporting.
For crying out loud, Americans even got behind the Vietnam War when it began (based on a flat out lie). Americans instinctively pick up the pom poms and cheer while their government destroys whole countries for no good reason, killing millions in the process — two million, at bare minimum, in that unholy war. And we keep cheerleading until we get fatigued by all the dead bodies — and especially if we get the idea that we might actually lose the war. Then we suddenly decide that we want out.
Hell yes we’re arrogant. And ignorant. And easily led. Only an American could hear rhetoric about how weak our defenses are becoming at a time when we have more nuclear weapons and spend more money on defense than the rest of the world combined and do anything but laugh at it.