Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shooting from the lip is not my style ~ By Herman Cain

As president, one may not make all the correct decisions, but you improve your success rate if you make decisions based on as much of the right information and advice as you can get. Maybe President Obama has just been getting bad advice. If so, he didn't surround himself with the right people.

Working on the right problems, asking the right questions, surrounding oneself with the right people and removing barriers to success – now that's real leadership.

It's much better than shooting from the lip.
This column, folks, is a teachable moment! I'm doing this as a message to the Conservative mega-pundits, such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, et. al.. They all know who Herman is. I'm seriously surprised that they aren't all throwing their weight toward Herman Cain. They are all aware what Herman stands for. They should have all attacked the pundits that denigrated Herman for his answer about Afghanistan in the South Carolina GOP forum and debate.

Isn't it about time that those that I mentioned above (Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh) reciprocate? Here's my message to them: When are you going to realize that all that we stand for is what Herman Cain is about? That the same folks that love you guys the most, that are participants of all of the great Tea Party rallies around this country, We the People that love this country, would easily stand with Herman Cain if you would present the case to those that aren't yet aware of him?

And yes, Glenn Beck, I understand that you and I stand with Israel, and so does Herman Cain:

On the other hand, I do know enough about our solid relationship with Israel from decades of observations that I would make it even stronger, a move that isn't just about dollars. And, I would not be hesitant to let the rest of the world know that we will stand by and with our friends.
And yes, Glenn, I can see Allen West as President Cain's VP! I'm just sayin'...

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Shooting from the lip is not my style

By Herman Cain

May 16, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

Ever since the South Carolina Republican presidential debate, reporters have continued to challenge me for not having a specific plan for our nation's involvement in Afghanistan. They continue to think that if you are running for president, then you must have an answer for everything. I don't! A real leader has the right questions for everything.

When asked about what I would do about our involvement in the war in Afghanistan during the debate, I answered by asking the questions that should have been asked before we got involved many years ago. What is our mission? How does it serve our interest? Is there a path to victory? If not, then what is our exit strategy?

I ask these questions instead of "shooting from the lip" because there is obviously a lot of classified information to which I do not have access. There are dozens of experts and military leaders from whom I would seek advice before I could make an informed decision about a real clear plan for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Similarly, a real clear strategy for every country with which we have relationships would be developed, regardless of whether or not we are involved in a military conflict.

To be clear, I want to be out of Afghanistan and all war-torn countries as much as the next person. But I am not going to propose a half-baked plan based on half the information I would need to make the right decision, just to pretend I know everything.


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