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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Herman Cain's Foreign Policy Cluelessness

Looks like selling pizza doesn't necessarily qualify a man to handle the complexities of geopolitics and steer U.S. foreign policy in the right direction. In a recent foreign policy gaffe, Herman Cain demonstrated a knowledge of foreign policy that might even rival that of Sarah Palin's in terms of its vapidness.

ThinkProgress has the goods:

Previously, Cain has shown a lack of depth on foreign policy, stating at one point that he doesn’t know enough to say what he thinks about the Afghanistan war...

But this morning on Fox News Sunday, Cain showed just how limited his understanding is of the Middle East peace process. Asked by host Chris Wallace what he would be prepared to offer Palestinians as part of a deal, Cain responded, “Nothing.” Just moments later, Cain was dazed and confused when Wallace referenced the issue of “right of return” of Palestinian refugees:

WALLACE: Where do you stand on the right of return?

CAIN: The right of return? [pause] The right of return?

WALLACE: The Palestinian right of return.

CAIN: That’s something that should be negotiated. That’s something that should be negotiated.

Wallace then helpfully offered Cain a definition of “right of return” — “Palestinian refugees, the people that were kicked out of the land in 1948, should be able to or should have any right to return to Israeli land.” Cain again showed his lack of knowledge, veering completely off his pro-Likud script. “I don’t think they have a big problem with people returning,” Cain said.

Hat tip: Memeorandum.

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