If his recent interview with the editorial board at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is any indicator, Herman Cain just isn’t sure if he agrees or disagrees with President Barack Obama’s handling of the rebel uprising in Libya. Some pundits have speculated that the candidate really hasn’t been paying attention to world events.
When asked about the recent events in Libya that led to the rebel overthrow of that country’s longtime dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, Cain took a long pause before asking the reporter to clarify exactly what was being discussed. He said that he was having a hard time focusing on the question because he had too many things “twirling around” in his head.
After a pause, Cain offered his thoughts: “I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is. And I’m sure that our intelligence people had some of that information. Based upon who made up that opposition . . . might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated. Secondly, no I did not agree with (Moammar) Gadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. . . . I would have supported many of the things that they did to help stop that.”
The Libya question is not the first time Cain has left pundits scratching their heads with an answer. He has also been criticized over the past few months for what The Washington Post calls a “flip-flop-flip” on the issue of abortion because of his failure to say anything concrete about the issue.
A recent Post fact check said of the candidate: “…Cain shows an increasing tendency to simply recast what he said and then claim he was quoted out of context or he misunderstood the question.”