I like Herman Cain. Not as a candidate but as a person. But this is a major unforced error:
There is a reason that every jail and prison in the country has a sign that says “This is a no-hostage facility.” That is because when you negotiate for hostages you are sending the message that a hostage is a golden ticket to freedom.
Never pay ransom. Spend the money on vengeance. In the long run it’s a far better deal.