Friends of Herman Cain
FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL
Peace Through Strength and
My vision for foreign policy and national security will get our nation
back on the right track.
I am proud that the U.S.A. is the world’s superpower and the custodian
of the torch of liberty. I intend to keep it that way. You will never
see me apologize for our greatness, or bow down to foreign leaders.
From my business experience, I know that weakness invites attack. This
holds true for corporations and nations alike.
My pragmatic and principled approach to addressing complex world issues
places the U.S.A. at the top. I will never relegate the U.S.A. to being
just another country in the United Nations.
My approach upholds the highest ideals and traditions of the U.S.A,
from the Founding Fathers to the Defending Fathers of today.
My national security and foreign policy vision, Peace Through Strength
and Clarity, is an extension of the
Reagan Philosophy. My objective is peace. My strategy is strength and
clarity. I firmly believe that military strength, economic strength,
and moral strength go hand in hand.
Security begins at home.
CAIN'S FOREIGN POLICY & NATIONAL SECURITY PILLARS
Reassert U.S. Leadership
• Reassure our friends and deter our adversaries
• Re-examine our role within the United Nations
• Keep our military strong and oppose further defense cuts
• Secure our North American neighborhood
Restore Our Global Competitiveness
• Overhaul the tax code with the “9-9-9 Plan” to re-energize our economy
• Make free trade work for the U.S.A.
• Outgrow our competitors
• End our dependence on overseas oil
Counter Urgent Threats
• Stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons
• Fix border security – for real
• Shield us against Cyber and Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks
“As a business leader who has turned struggling companies around and
made them successful, I will do the same for the U.S.A. I will make our
country respected once again.”
November 28, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE
Cain Doctrine - Peace Through Strength
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:30pm, presidential candidate Herman
Cain will formally launch his foreign policy and national security
strategy – Peace Through Strength and Clarity, at Hillsdale College,
201 Oak Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
The pillars of Mr. Cain’s foreign
policy and national security strategy are:
- Reassert U.S. Leadership
- Reassure our friends and
deter our adversaries
- Re-examine our role within
the United Nations
- Keep our military strong and
oppose further defense cuts
- Secure our North American
- Restore Our Global
- Overhaul the tax code with
the “9-9-9 Plan” to re-energize our economy
- Make free trade work for the
- Outgrow our competitors
- End our dependence on
- Counter Urgent Threats
- Stop Iran from developing
- Fix border security – for
- Shield us against Cyber and
Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks
a no-nonsense business leader who has turned struggling companies
around to re-discover success, Mr. Cain will do the same for the
U.S.A. His tough negotiation skills will make this country
For More Information:
part of his overarching strategy, Mr. Cain will distinguish our friends
from our enemies – and make it known that we will stand by our friends.
J.D. Gordon, Vice President of Campaign Communications
CAIN’S VISION FOR FOREIGN POLICY
& NATIONAL SECURITY
Peace Through Strength and Clarity
Assessment of Top 20 Key Country
Mexico: Friend and Partner
Mexico is a friend in need. Our southern neighbor is struggling with
violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives over the past
several years. By
standing with Mexico now to help it solve its increasingly severe
security problems, we will help solve the problem of illegal
immigration at home.
Some 40% of Mexicans believe Mexico is a failed state. This helps
explain why so
many are seeking to emigrate. With declining oil reserves, a looming
in Mexico City, and youth demographic bulge in Mexico’s poorest
neighbor south of the border has the hallmarks of impending disaster.
believes that “Security begins at home” – and this includes a stable
A sound U.S. dollar and strong U.S. economic growth are the most
contributions that our nation can make to Mexican stability and
Canada: Friend and Ally
Canada is our nation’s closest friend and ally. We share the world’s
undefended border and we have common cultural roots. We have stood
during both World Wars and in Afghanistan and Iraq. Our North American
Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has watched over our collective skies
over 50 years.
Canada is our top trading partner, and our most important source of oil
supplement our own production. The Obama administration’s failure to
forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries
Canada to seek other markets – namely China - and will degrade
security. As is the case regarding Mexico, Mr. Cain believes that
“Security begins at
home” – and that the Keystone XL pipeline debacle is no way to treat a
Venezuela: Adversary Regime
Under dictator Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has forged a troubling alliance
that includes joint uranium projects and support for terrorists such as
Under Chavez, Venezuela has replaced Colombia as the major source of
flowing into the United States.
Chavez has also promoted Cuba’s Castro-regime-inspired anti-U.S. message
throughout Latin America, helping like-minded governments take power in
Ecuador, Nicaragua and beyond. Mr. Cain believes that our nation should
democratic opponents of Chavez as they challenge him at the polls,
defensive measures against possible Iranian-backed adventurism in our
Brazil is regional leader in South America and a growing economic
and the U.S. share a longstanding friendship with increasing trade.
already Latin America’s largest economy, and the International Monetary
predicts that it will surpass France, Italy and the U.K. by 2020.
Mr. Cain believes that the U.S. should look for ways to strengthen
with Brazil and thereby promote hemispheric security.
United Kingdom: Our Special Relationship
Mr. Cain will restore our special relationship with Great Britain – our
for nearly two centuries. In noticeable decline under President Obama,
Administration will turn the relationship around so that our two
working as a team once again.
America and Britain have stood together in both World Wars, and most
Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Our military alliance and economic ties
crucial to world stability.
Germany: Friend and Ally
One of our closest friends and allies, Germany is a key figure in
It has risen to the daunting challenge of keeping the euro afloat in
times – no small feat - and is committed to maintaining robust economic
With over 50,000 troops based in Germany, the U.S. military has
logistics hubs for Afghanistan and Iraq there effectively and
efficiently. A Cain
administration will work to maintain these deep ties.
Though we share strategic interests – from battling Islamic extremists
homegrown terrorists to space exploration programs - there are a number
that still divide our nation and Russia.
Russia’s insistence on the New START Treaty has put the U.S.A. at a
disadvantage, not only relative to Russia, but also to the world’s
powers. Russia’s lack of clarity on Iran’s nuclear program is also
Though it is just a pale shadow of the former Soviet Union, Russia’s
policy with the Ukraine and Belarus, not to mention its invasion of
shows that Russia is not shy about flexing its geopolitical muscles.
The Middle East
Israel: Friend and Ally
As President, one of Mr. Cain’s top foreign policy priorities will be
to stand united
with Israel. He will not allow the Arab Spring to lead to the fall of
The Obama administration has called upon Israel to return to its
which are militarily indefensible. It has also advocated that Israel
give up control of
its fresh water aquifers. These ill-advised policies have emboldened
by implying that the United States may not stand with Israel in its
hour of need.
Mr. Cain believes the lack of clarity regarding Israel demonstrates
Iran: Adversary Regime
Unlike President Obama, Mr. Cain will not turn a blind eye toward the
people who are risking their lives in their struggle for freedom and
best way to stop Iran’s nuclear program is to achieve regime change by
meaningful support to the regime’s democratic opposition without delay.
As president, Mr. Cain will boost our sea-based Ballistic Missile
through doubling the number of Aegis cruisers and destroyers from two
four dozen. Stationed off the coasts of Iran, these ships will deter
While Mr. Cain fully backs stiff economic sanctions against Iran, he
achieving American energy security will drive down oil prices – thus
the theocratic regime in Tehran.
Libya: Clarity Needed
Mr. Cain sheds no tears for Colonel Gaddafi, who personally ordered the
Americans. However, the White House launched the war in Libya under the
Doctrine of the “responsibility to protect.” The question now is:
The Libyan rebellion-turned-government has been aided by Al Qaeda, and
dominated by Islamists that have not been friendly to U.S. interests.
the fact that Libya is more of a vital interest to Europe than it is to
(Europe buys 90% of Libya’s oil and it would be Europe that would be
overwhelmed in any refugee crisis), President Obama spent more than a
dollars on this adventure and led the initial military action. As
president, Mr. Cain
will work to bring clarity to the Libyan situation.
Egypt: Danger and Opportunity
Under President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was a friend. With Mubarak shoved
Arab Spring protests – with help from President Obama – Egypt could be a
The Muslim Brotherhood, which was determined to be a terrorist
under Mubarak, is poised to pick up a sizable number of seats in
elections. Though in office too long, at least Mubarak maintained peace
which polls show 90% of Egyptians oppose. Now we’re seeing the results,
cross-border attacks on Israeli civilians, the ransacking of Israel’s
embassy in Cairo,
opening up the border to a terrorist organization in Gaza, and open
Coptic Christians, with churches being burned and mobs on killing
Egypt is an example of the pressing need for the clarity that Mr. Cain
will bring to
U.S. foreign policy.
Syria: Adversary Regime
A staunch foe of the U.S. and Israel, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad
is a state
supporter of terrorism through Hezbollah and Hamas. He has also been a
to his own people, ruling by martial law and killing 3,000 civilians
this year alone.
America should support the Syrian opposition movement while being
avoid empowering the Muslim Brotherhood and with a keen eye toward
Syria’s significant Christian minority. Additionally, we should work
with our allies
to isolate Syria economically with sanctions directed toward blocking
access to international financial markets and investment in its oil and
Yemen: Strategic Partner
A key U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism, President Ali Abdullah
Saleh has been
battling Iranian-backed rebels in the north and an Al Qaeda-backed
movement in the south. He has been working closely with U.S. covert
combat Al Qaeda itself. Taking the path of least resistance in the face
of Al Qaedabacked
protestors, President Obama has insisted that Saleh step down.
Mr. Cain recognizes this as a flawed policy - one that will strengthen
Instead, we should be working with President Saleh and potential
engineer a soft-landing for this pro-U.S. partner.
Iraq: Strategic Partner
Mr. Cain does not want the sacrifices of the more than 4,500 Americans
who died in
Iraq to have been made in vain. As President Obama completely withdraws
troops from Iraq, there is the danger that the majority Shi’ites will
turn the country
into a satellite state of Shi’ite dominated Iran.
A long-term limited U.S. presence in Iraq, including military trainers,
agents, and economic development teams, should be maintained in order
Iran from filling the power vacuum.
Pakistan: Danger and Opportunity
Any strategy for Pakistan must consider Afghanistan. The two share a
mountainous border, tribal ties, and strong cultural and religious
Over the past decade, the U.S. has spent $20 billion on aid to
Pakistan. Mr. Cain
believes that further aid to Pakistan must be conditioned upon results
in fighting the
Taliban and Al Qaeda, not allowing terrorist leaders like Bin Laden to
hide in plain
sight, and not tipping off militants to coming raids.
Caught in a tough neighborhood between heavyweights India, China, and
Pakistan has developed its security strategy based upon two things:
nuclear weapons and supporting Islamic terrorist groups. This is a
combination. Mr. Cain believes that we must continue to engage Pakistan
although we must do so in ways that support U.S. vital interests.
India: Strategic Partner
India and the United States share common economic interests, including
technology transfers, and we face common threats, including rampant
piracy in the
Indian Ocean and the rise of Islamic terror groups.
India has fought three wars with neighboring Pakistan since both were
independence by the U.K. after World War II, and any strategy for India
consider its long-term rival. Under the Cain administration, the U.S.
will strike the
right balance in our relations with both of these nuclear powers.
Afghanistan: Strategic Partner
While Mr. Cain is not a fan of “nation building,” the fact is that the
U.S. rightly led
the charge in toppling the Taliban from power and dismantling Al Qaeda.
gradually draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan. However, unlike
President Obama, he would not send the enemy a press release.
A long term, yet smaller U.S. presence as military trainers,
intelligence agents, and
economic development teams would be a wise idea to prevent
after our combat forces leave. A power vacuum that could be filled by
and would be the target of influence from neighboring Iran is a likely
scenario if the
Obama administration gets another term and makes good on its promise to
withdraw all U.S. troops by 2014.
While China is still currently no match for the U.S. militarily, they
are gaining every
year. China’s government is also well aware that it was the famous
strategist Sun Tzu, said “attack the enemy at the weakest point.”
Our greatest threat with respect to China is actually at home. If our
allowed to continue to stagnate, we would eventually find ourselves
unable to afford
to stay ahead of China militarily.
China’s disputes with its neighbors over the Spratly Islands have
raised alarm bells,
as it continues to flex its new military might.
Mr. Cain’s overall strategy for our chief economic competitor is this:
China. His economic policies will unleash the growth potential of the
and transcend the threat from China.
Japan: Friend and Ally
Our economic and security ties to Japan make up the cornerstone of
stability in East Asia. Tying together two of the world’s largest
technologically advanced militaries, our friendship has reassured
With 35,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan, and Ballistic Missile
transfer in the form of 3 Japanese Aegis destroyers, America continues
to make a
significant investment in Japan and will continue to do so in the Cain
Japan’s looming energy crisis in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear
plant disaster is
deeply troubling and it commands our attention with regard to any
we can render.
North Korea: Adversary Regime
A reclusive and cult-like regime, North Korea poses the top security
threat in Asia.
Its nuclear and missile proliferation makes the world a more dangerous
must stand by South Korea and work with partner nations to contain this
Mr. Cain would boost our sea-based Ballistic Missile Defense capability
doubling the number of Aegis cruisers and destroyers from two dozen to
These ships can sit off North Korea’s coasts and dissuade North Korea
launching missiles carrying nuclear and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP)
toward cities and U.S. bases in Japan.