Cain sums up world powers with foreign policy map

December 1, 2011

Herman Cain’s presidential campaign has released its “Vision For Foreign Policy & National Security,” a tidy seven-page summary of the candidate’s take on exactly twenty countries, accompanied by an even tidier map classifying the states in Cain’s own terms.

Canada, in Cain terminology, is a “Friend and Ally,” Brazil, merely a “Friend,” and the UK is “Our Special Relationship.” Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and North Korea are each deemed an “Adversary Regime,” while Russia is a “Rival,” China a “Competitor,” and Libya is “Clarity Needed.”

Cain brands Egypt “Danger and Opportunity,” noting in the memo that “Under President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was a friend. With Mubarak shoved out by Arab Spring protests – with help from President Obama – Egypt could be a nightmare unfolding.”

The document contains a similarly sympathetic description of the decades-long autocratic leader of Yemen (“Strategic Partner”), President Saleh, who stepped down, at least formally, last week after ten months of protests — although Cain doesn’t acknowledge his resignation:

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 secessionist movement in the south.He has been working closely with U.S. covert operatives to combat Al Qaeda itself. Taking the path of least resistance in the face of Al Qaeda-backed protestors, President Obama has insisted that Saleh step down.

Mr. Cain recognizes this as a flawed policy – one that will strengthen the terrorists. Instead, we should be working with President Saleh and potential successors to engineer a soft-landing for this pro-U.S. partner.

A note at the bottom of the map explains that its coloring illustrates “the density of Facebook connection around the world” in order to show “how entrepreneurship and freedom can light up the world with friendship.”

You can read his full policy paper here and see a larger version of the map here (warning: both are PDFs).

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