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Pizza Geography

Herman Cain shares his views on China:

I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States … we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they’re a military threat. They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.

Why that’s scary news, that China is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Especially since they tested their first nuclear weapon back in 1964 and are currently estimated to have around 400 nuclear weapons.

And on China’s economy:

China has a $6 trillion economy and they’re growing at approximately 10 percent. We have a $14 trillion economy — much bigger — but we’re growing at an anemic 1.5, 1.6 percent. When we get our economy growing back at the rate of 5 or 6 percent that it has the ability to do, we will outgrow China.

I’d like to know how growing at 6 percent will outgrow a country growing at 10 percent.

And no, I didn’t make up the “Pizza Geography” headline. Cain himself compared US foreign policy to making pizza.



  1. ThatGuy wrote:

    The Republican candidates are all history experts apparently.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink
  2. David Freeman wrote:

    It is particularly ironic that, “going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity” is placed in the context of a word salad worthy of Sarah Palin. The only clarity around Herman Cain is that he is clearly extraordinarily ignorant.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    When I was in the military we had a saying “Peace through superior fire-power.” Problem is we seem to be using that superior fire-power way too much. The ‘growth’ quote sounds like a math problem I had in the 4th grade. “If Joe starts in Sacramento and drives his car 60 mph East down I-80 and Bob starts in San Francisco driving East on I-80 at 100 mph…”

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  4. Arthanyel wrote:

    Dan: The answer is “Then Bob gets arrested in Berkeley and ends up in jail, and Joe ends up in Nevada, since that what he gets for going East.”

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  5. starluna wrote:

    Arthanyel – Ha ha ha! At 60 mph, Joe will be pulled over and checked for DUI. Only old people and high people drive 60 in CA.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  6. Arthanyel wrote:

    Starluna LOL – you are also correct. Especially on I-80 heading east, the average speed is more like 80 on that road. I used to live in LA and have a timeshare in Lake Tahoe – and regularly made the trip one way in about 5 hours 🙂

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink