Cain's conditional al-Awlaki policy
October 3rd, 2011
05:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain's conditional al-Awlaki policy

(CNN) – Businessman Herman Cain previously advocated for a criminal trial in the event that al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki was captured.

But now that al-Awlaki has been killed by a drone missile, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate is "pleased that we have one less al Qaeda member that's threatening us," according to campaign spokesman JD Gordon.

When pressed on whether Cain's feelings represent a departure from his earlier views, that al-Awlaki was an American citizen and deserved a trial, Gordon said, "It would be better to try him in court (but) if that's not feasible, we don't want him out there."

In remarks made last May and posted on the Atlantic's website, Cain says al-Awlaki, "should be charged."

"And since he's an American citizen, he should be tried in our courts," he continued.

When asked if it would be legal for President to issue a kill order for al-Awlaki, Cain said, "In his case, no, because he's an American citizen."


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Terrorism
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Joshua Ludd

    In other words.. he, too is for the summary execution of American citizens without charges or trial.

    October 3, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. The Elephant In The Room

    Poor Herman –

    Nobody told him the GOP's litmus test requires that a candidate NOT advocate for criminal trials for terrorists.

    Nobody told him that the GOP's litmus test requires that a candidate NOT callout any candidate for racially insensitive behavior or utterances.

    Nobody told him that the GOP is only giving him the time of day as a means to appear to be an open and inclusive party so that their REAL candidate will have the freedom to launch the most vile, disrespectful and "dog whistle" race-based appeals to white voters against Mr. Obama.

    Poor Herman -

    October 3, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Juan Rodriguez

    Herman Cain you are the man. Good luck in you run for president.

    October 3, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    Ladies and Gentlemen – i give you Herman Cain. Judge, Jury, and would-be executioner. I wonder if he checked the latest poll results before making this speech, or if he just recycled some garbage he heard on Fox?

    October 3, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Clu

    The al-Awlaki argument continues to boggle me. This individual was an active enemy combatant in much the same way Bin Laden was. By active I'm referring to his activity in influencing the operation and direction of forces directly hostile to the United States. By this definition, so too should Nidal Hasan (The Fort Hood Shooter) be tried as an enemy combatant since his actions were directly tied to al-Qaeda leadership. Al Awlaki was killed while acting as an agent of an enemy force.

    October 3, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Try him in court? Really? Obama wanted to try the inmates in Guantanamo and suddenly the GOP was concerned that Al Queda members had all become XMen with super powers and no one in America would be safe were they brought to the US for trial. Now the GOTea is all about due process? Your kidding, right?

    October 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. bobcat2u

    Ole Herb reminds me of those kind of footwear one would wear to the beach. You know the ones. They make a very distinctive sound. You know, FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP FLIP FLOP

    October 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |