Herman Cain invokes Reagan, lambasts Obama for lack of clarity on Israel
Published September 23, 2011
As Mahmoud Abbas delivers his bid to the U.N. for recognition of a Palestinian state, the U.S. citizenry is still reeling from aftershocks about the “Israel issue” in Thursday’s Republican presidential debate. GOP nominee hopeful Herman Cain made the strongest statement yet on the Obama administration’s weakness in addressing this latest Middle East crisis. Cain, relating details of his visit with Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, said that the U.S. needs to extend the Reagan doctrine of “peace through strength” to “peace through strength and clarity” and criticized the Obama administration for being unclear.
“If, in fact, it was clear to the Palestinians where the U.S. stood, they might have had second thoughts about trying to pull such a move without negotiating with Israel.” These remarks followed on the heels of his assertion that in his administration, it would be clear that “when you mess with Israel, you’re messing with the United States of America.”
None of the presidential candidates touched on the precarious nature of the Palestinian bid for statehood.
Former White House lawyer, David B. Rivkin, Jr., delivered a devastating Wall Street Journal opinion piece that calls for the United Nations to stay away from the issue of Palestinian statehood for its own good—if not that of the world at large. Recognizing Palestine as a state have major geopolitical repercussions.
“The U.N.—General Assembly or Security Council—has no power to create states or to grant all-important formal ‘recognition’ to state aspirants,” Rivkin wrote with co-author Lee A. Casey in the September 20 article. “The right to recognize statehood is a fundamental attribute of sovereignty and the United Nations is not a sovereign.”
Rivkin emphasized that Palestine does not meet the basic criteria for statehood, including: a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other states.
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