Herman Cain: Attack Iran to Protect Israel: Mess with Israel, Mess with US

In an interview at the Washington Times office building, presidential-hopeful Herman Cain commented on the perilous position Israel is in with Iran sitting in striking distance. The money quote: (see a video below)

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Mr. Cain dismissed the notion that an attack on Iranis unrealistic: “First of all, we have the most capable military power in the world,” he said. “Air, ground — although we won’t have to use ground for this — submarines, ships, that would be strategically placed in that part of the world.”

Cain said if Israel is attacked, we will stand-by and shoot back, and we will not “sit back and get a vote from the United Nations.”

Asked if he agreed with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton’s contention that the “only realistic alternative … is to use force preemptively against Iran’s nuclear weapons program” since diplomacy has failed, Mr. Cain said he did, with one caveat.

“There would be some other pieces of information I would need before I gave that order, but I’m saying that would be Option B,” Mr. Cain said during an interview with editors and reporters at The Washington Times.

“Option A is, ‘Folks, we are not going to allow you to attack Israel‘ … If they call my bluff, they already know — they will know — what Option B is.”

A president who will get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S. will go a long way to get my vote. Cain didn’t advocate for that exact scenario, but at least it’s a start.

Herman Cain on Israel and Iran (video)

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  • Ryan

    It’s one thing to retaliate against Iran, but it’s another to launch a preemptive attack on that said country and Iran is not stupid to preemptively attack Israel that it know will jeopardize its nuclear program. However, Cain is misguided to dismiss the notion that an attack on Iran is unrealistic. Sure, our military capability are second to none, but that doesn’t mean we should view Iran as a pushover and Iran has the capability (both conventional and asymmetrical) to foment chaos in the Middle East if it is attacked.

    For example, any attack on Iran directly effects the world price for oil which effects the price of the gas I (and you as well) put in my car and the fuel I use to heat my home. Not to mention all the other products that are made from oil.