From the transcript of Cain’s interview at the Milwakee Journal-Sentinel
He defended his view that presidents and presidential candidates don’t need to be immersed in the fine print of world affairs – they simply need to be leaders who can surround themselves with the right people and sift through their advice.
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I’d throw that out,” he said, a dig at his critics.
So he’s saying he will make decisions on which advisor to believe, and he doesn’t need any personal knowledge to evaluate that advice. Okay.
“I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don’t! No, you don’t! That’s not good decision-making,” said Cain.*
Having the answer is not good decision-making. Doing what someone else has decided is good decision-making. Okay that too.
The constant iteration ‘I’ll listen to the commanders on the ground’. is nonsense. The generals’ job is to determine a strategy to fulfill the mission as defined by civilians, in the person of the CinC. (Has there ever been a general for whom more troops and more weapons is not the answer to everything?) That statement almost always goes unchallenged.
*I guess the man means: I’m not supposed to know anything about the Constitution.