For newly-anointed GOP presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, foreign policy is not a strong suit. He was clueless about a key question in Israel-Palestinian conflict, bumbled a key strategic policy point with China, and strongly believes that Iraq should pay the U.S. back for invading their country.
Thus, it’s not entirely surprising that he couldn’t quite figure out his position on al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki. The pizza mogul was originally of the mind that al-Awlaki, as an American citizen, “should be tried in our courts.” When asked if it would be legal for the Obama administration to issue a “kill order” for al-Awlaki, Cain replied, “In his case, no, because he’s an American citizen.” But after the administration announced the death of the wanted terrorist, Cain tried to wiggle out of his earlier position by offering two — We should try him in court but we don’t want him alive either:
But now that al-Awlaki has been killed by a drone missile, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate is “pleased that we have one less al Qaeda member that’s threatening us,” according to campaign spokesman JD Gordon.
When pressed on whether Cain’s feelings represent a departure from his earlier views, that al-Awlaki was an American citizen and deserved a trial, Gordon said, “It would be better to try him in court (but) if that’s not feasible, we don’t want him out there.”
Perhaps feeling the heat from the spotlight, Cain has been walking back quite a few of his statements. First calling Rick Perry’s racist rock “insensitive to a lot of black people in this country,” Cain immediately declared “I don’t care” about the slur the next day.