Back in June popular conservative Herman Cain was on The O’Reilly Factor and told Bill that the best way to deal with the Iranian threat was to drill for oil. Bill O’Reilly was not impressed.
From the transcript:
O’REILLY: All right. A new report says Iran may have a nuclear weapon this year. How do you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?
CAIN: The way you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for us to get serious about a real energy independence strategy.
O’REILLY: That’s going to take longer than this year. How do you stop them from getting a nuke this year?
CAIN: Have a serious strategy, Bill. And if you have a serious strategy, it’s going to cause the speculators to speculate down instead of speculating up.
O’REILLY: That’s not going to stop Iran…
CAIN: Bill, Bill…
O’REILLY: Even though gas price goes down, it’s not going to stop Iran from developing a nuke.
CAIN: Not in the short-term, Bill. Look, here is my punchline. If we help drive the price of oil down, that hurts Iran. And if the price of oil gets down near $70 a barrel, we win. They won’t have the money to develop a nuclear program.
O’REILLY: No, they will develop it anyway.
While drilling for oil is sound economic policy it will not deter the Iranian regime at all in their quest for nuclear weapons. The US does not even import oil from Iran. The brutal regime will always find customers for their oil. And, to think that energy independence will influence the hardliners from spreading their brand of radical Islam in the region is naive and dangerous.
Last night Herman Cain did it again.
The leading Republican candidate for president told O’Reilly that he will deal with the Iranian threat by drilling domestically for oil.
Herman Cain also suggested we double the number of ships in the region capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. This is a better approach. However, in 2010 when Barack Obama deployed ships to the the Gulf with this capability it did not seem to sway the Iranians from pursuing nuclear weapons.
Herman Cain needs to have better solutions than this if he wants to win the Republican nomination and defeat failed president Barack Obama in 2012.
Note: Once again I realize this position may be unpopular with many of you. Thanks for being respectful with your comments.