Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued his media blitz over the weekend talking to every network that begins with C (CNN, CBS, and CBN — he talked to CNBC on Thursday right after his interview with Lawrence).
When sitting down with David Brody at the Christian Broadcasting Network, talk turned to those dreaded mainstream media “gotcha questions” that caused Sarah Palin so much trouble in 2008. Cain said he was ready for them. And in the process, he seemed awfully dismissive of an American president’s need to understand the ins-and-outs of foreign policy.
The exact quote: “When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, ‘You know, I don’t know… How’s that going to create one job?’” But to be fair, it’s not like Uzbekistan is important to current U.S. policy.
Oh wait… it is?
President Obama and Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, discussed expanding use of the Central Asian country as a route to supply troops in Afghanistan, a United States official said Thursday, amid growing concern about the viability of Pakistan as a transit route. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also met with her Uzbek counterpart on Thursday, and Congress is considering legislative changes that would allow more military aid to Uzbekistan despite its poor human rights record. Mr. Obama’s outreach came as the United States and Pakistan are locked in a diplomatic crisis over accusations linking Pakistan’s chief intelligence agency to militant attacks on Americans in Afghanistan.
- The New York Times, September 29, 2011
Oh, I guess it is.
h/t msnbc First Read