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As GOP presidential contender Herman Cain is contending with allegations of sexual harassment, some critics assert there are more pressing items for which Cain should answer, most notably, his foreign policy and his views on the engagement of war.
Appearing on Fox News’ most popular program, The O’Reilly Factor, Cain indicated that he sees no issue with entering into a military confrontation with Iran.
During the interview, O’Reilly pushed for Cain to provide specifics on his foreign policy. The exchange seemed to underscore Cain’s discomfort in addressing foreign policy, and his lack of knowledge when it comes to American foreign policy and how it relates to the Constitution.
O’Reilly: What is the most important foreign policy problem the United States has to deal with today?
Cain: Lack of clarity.
O’Reilly: No, specifically. What area of the world concerns you the most?
Cain: The Middle East, obviously … At the time I become president, I will have to evaluate the situation in Iraq, and Iran, and everyone of these countries.
Cain told O’Reilly that he would have to “maximize the use of our Ballistic missile Defense capabilities.”
”I would double the use of ballistic missile capable ships,” Cain explained, adding “Iran understands only two things, economic pressure and military might.”
O’Reilly responded, “So you’re going to put warships in the Gulf, because they’ll attack them, you know?”
“That would be perfectly alright, because I believe that we have superior capability,” Cain asserted.
The interview continued:
O’Reilly: “But then we’d be in a shooting war with Iran. Do you really want that?”
Cain: “I don’t want that, Bill. But if they fire first we have to defend ourselves.”
O’Reilly: “But isn’t that a provocation if you put warships off their coast?”
Cain: “No. They’ve already announced that they are going to put their ships off our coast in international waters.”
Meanwhile, Cain is still attempting to backtrack after he embarrassingly revealed a lack of knowledge regarding China’s possession of nuclear weapons.