Cain suggests Taliban part of Libya govt


Republican White House hopeful Herman Cain, looking to explain a gaffe earlier this week on Libya, on Friday suggested the Taliban was part of the new government in Tripoli in a new slip-up. Speaking at a press conference in Florida, Cain defended himself over his rambling response to a question about Libya posed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board — a video of which quickly went viral.
Cain, while admitting he was “a bit fatigued” during the interview, said the reporter had asked him a question that was too vague about whether he agreed with the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis in Libya. “Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that Gaddafi 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?” he said.
“Do I agree with not knowing the government — which part was he asking me about? I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.” The United States invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks to overthrow the Taliban regime, which had refused to surrender 9/11 mastermind and Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Within weeks, the regime had crumbled. Taliban fighters are still active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but there is no hint they are present in Tripoli.