WASHINGTON, Nov 19: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain suggested on Friday that the Taliban were playing a role in Libya’s new government, adding another foreign policy misstep to his stumbling campaign.
The week opened with Cain, one of the leading Republican presidential contenders, struggling to answer whether he supported President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in Libya. He ended his week trying to blame reporters for the moment, which was captured on video and quickly spread around the Internet.
Cain’s critics seized on Monday’s incoherent answer as the latest evidence that the former pizza executive is unprepared to be the party’s nominee.
Then Cain gave his critics another foreign policy error on video on Friday.
“Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that (Libyan leader Muammar) Qadhafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government?” Cain asked reporters in Orlando.
“Do I agree with not knowing the government was going to — which part was he asking me about? I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.”
The Republicans are trying to find a nominee who can both unseat Obama in the general election and appeal to the party’s conservative base.
Cain’s campaign hoped to prevent a repeat to end the week after the candidate’s comments about the Taliban and pointed to Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, a rebel leader who fled to Afghanistan after a failed uprising against Gadhafi in the 1990s. At that point, he led the now-dissolved Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
One U.S. official familiar with the group said it was not a monolithic entity and some branches have had connections with al-Qaida in Sudan, Afghanistan or Pakistan
The United States invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the al-Qaida-harboring Taliban after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan and are now scattered in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Islamic extremists in Libya, however, could play a role in the new government. U.S. officials are concerned that the former insurgents who have renounced extremism may have ties to al-Qaida leadership.
Cain’s aides, fighting the perception that Cain was wobbly on foreign policy, pointed to reports that Belhaj, now a military leader in Libya’s National Transitional Council, was a Taliban ally.
Belhaj was a civil engineering student and Gadhafi opponent when he fled Libya and went to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. He later joined the U.S.-backed resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, fighting alongside militants who would go on to form al-Qaida.
Belhaj returned to Libya in the 1990s and led the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in fierce confrontations with Gadhafi’s regime. He said that after fleeing Libya in the mid-1990s, he moved from country to country until 2004, when he was picked up and taken to Thailand, where he claims he was tortured by the CIA.
The CIA has declined to comment on the allegations.
It is Disastrous for the Muslim World that the US have again Planted there agents in the shape of Taliban and Al Qaida Fighters in the Libyan regime, as they are the people who have always worked on the Zionist agenda of Creating Disharmony among the Muslim brotherly Nations and have created a bad name for Islam as a religion, Socially, Politically and Religiously they are the cancer for the Muslim World. That is killing the Muslim Brotherhood and the Religion both at the same time.
Muslims of the World should Re Unite and come out of the Zionist controlled Arab League and OIC , which are again controlled by the Zionist agents Saudi’s and the Persian Gulf state Sheikhdoms. A revolution in Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf States is the Only answer to the ongoing conspiracies against Islam and the Muslims of the World. The Process have already started now it is only a matter of time and the awareness among the Muslims of these countries to over throw these governments , so they can stand tall at the final day of Judgment in front of their Lord , and can answer the question of their role in Implementing the Law of Nature , which is “ Islam “ , for which they are duty bound .
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