Herman Cain is trying to shore up his foreign policy cred by hiring a consultant to give him a few clever catchphrases to throw around that sound inspiring and compelling. Like this one, from the consultant himself:
“The central tenets of the Center for Security and Diplomacy were restoring U.S. leadership, maintaining a strong military and getting tough on terrorism,” Gordon said. “That matches exactly with Herman Cain’s views on foreign policy. His overarching philosophy is an extension of the Reagan doctrine: peace through strength and clarity.”
Translation: The central tenets of Cain’s foreign policy are a cliche, a platitude and a meaningless catchphrase invoking the memory of a mythical figure whose worshippers think he did the opposite of what he actually did. What on earth does it mean to “restore U.S. leadership”? It could mean anything from the neo-con vision of perpetual invasion and war to Dye’s proposals about expanding America’s “soft power.” A statement that can mean anything means nothing.