Herman Cain worries about Taliban forming part of Libyan government

By Muriel Kane
Friday, November 18, 2011 22:42 EDT
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During a press conference in Orlando, FL on Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain was asked about his stumbling and incoherent response to a question earlier this week about whether he agrees with the Obama administration’s policy on Libya.

Cain attempted to put the best face on the much-mocked incident, insisting that he was merely trying to get the interviewer to be more specific about what part of the administration’s policy he meant, but in doing so he may have opened himself up to further ridicule.

“Do I agree with siding with the [Libyan] opposition?” he asked. “Do I agree with saying that Qadhafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government? … I was trying to get him to be specific, and he wouldn’t be specific.”

The Taliban, of course, is a militant Afghan group that also has bases in neighboring Pakistan. It has no presence outside of that area, which is some 3000 miles away from Libya — a distance greater than the entire width of the continental United States.

This video is from Politico, November 18, 2011.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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