Rick Perry Blames Obama For Iraq Violence And Fully Embraces Dick Cheney’s Foreign Policy

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In an op-ed published by The Washington Post Friday evening, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry ripped Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over his isolationist ideology and blamed President Obama for the increased violence in the Middle East. Perry also praised former President Ronald Reagan’s record on foreign policy and slammed Paul for suggesting that the Republican icon was wrong. The Texas conservative appeared to fully embrace the interventionist ideology of former Vice-President Dick Cheney and the neoconservative movement. All in all, the column almost certainly indicates that Perry will throw his hat in the ring for 2016 and take another stab at the White House.

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Right off the bat, Perry took swings at Paul, who at the moment looks to be one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination.

That’s why it’s disheartening to hear fellow Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), suggest that our nation should ignore what’s happening in Iraq. The main problem with this argument is that it means ignoring the profound threat that the group now calling itself the Islamic State poses to the United States and the world.

After repeating neocon talking points about the need to intervene in the Middle East and confront radical Islamists head on, Perry took offense to Paul taking swipes at the god of all gods, Ronald Reagan.

Yet Paul still advocates inaction, going so far as to claim in an op-ed last month in the Wall Street Journal that President Ronald Reagan’s own doctrines would lead him to same conclusion.

But his analysis is wrong. Paul conveniently omitted Reagan’s long internationalist record of leading the world with moral and strategic clarity.

This is a two-fold strategy on Perry’s part. One, he is hoping to discredit the man he thinks is his toughest competitor in a crowded GOP field. At the same time, Perry wants to remind Republican voters that he worships at the altar of St. Ronnie and that Paul is nonbeliever who is crapping all over the legacy of the Great Communicator. Throughout the column, Perry constantly praised Reagan’s vision and foreign policy decisions.

Of course, Perry also had to take potshots at the President. After painting Reagan as a true mastermind in international relations, Perry heavily criticized Obama and laid every single problem going on in the Middle East at the President’s feet.

We have seen President Obama draw his red lines, but the world knows by now that this is a rhetorical device or negotiating ploy rather than a promise of action. This kind of confused leadership and passivity enabled groups such as the Islamic State to grow and play major roles in terror’s resurgence. It has also enabled al-Qaeda to regroup.

As a consequence, there are no good options in Iraq or Syria. The window to shape events for the better passed years ago. The lousy choices we face today are the price of failed leadership. Nonetheless, the president can and must do more with our military and intelligence communities to help cripple the Islamic State. Meaningful assistance can include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sharing and ­airstrikes.

Perry bashing Obama is par for the course. In fact, it is expected. However, in this instance, Perry wanted to make sure to draw a direct comparison between Paul and Obama in an effort to portray Paul as a weak and timid liberal, which is how the Republican base sees President Obama.  Perry is banking on the hope that there are enough Republican voters out there that want a warmongering cowboy back in the White House.

Let’s face it. Perry is just George W. Bush, The Lesser. He has all of Dubya’s lack of intellectual curiosity, penchant for foul-ups, Texas folksiness and fake swagger. Somehow, though, he comes across as even more comically inept and dangerous. Americans already went through eight years of Bush. They aren’t looking for a sequel.

24 Replies to “Rick Perry Blames Obama For Iraq Violence And Fully Embraces Dick Cheney’s Foreign Policy”

  1. Oh good, as I type, President Obama is playing golf with ESPN host (and bro) Michael Wilbon in Maryland. Barack deserves a break after being picked on so much by all those mean bully white republican boys. (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, (¯`’•.¸¸, º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤°º°”°º×»-(¯`v´¯)-» ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. As a former resident of Texas, I can truly say that GW Bush was stupid and allowed others to mislead and misguide him. But Ricky Perry is a whole other animal, no only is he stupid, he is mean and stupid! If the evangelicals of TEXASS are waiting for the 2nd coming, then Ricky Perry
    is the Anti-Christ they’ve been praying for! Truly, we should build a border fence for TEXASS…one on their Northern border!

  3. I always get tickled when they call St. Ronnie “The Great Communicator.” I’ll give him this: He could read a script. Anything extemporaneous and he was almost as comical as W.

  4. Parry must be being groomed as a Surprise Candidate.

    Did you read this?
    “Oh, I get it. I understand that frightened people become more and more irrational, especially when they are allowed, encouraged, to feed incestuously on each other’s fear. And I get that they are afraid. I can see it in their faces, I can hear it in their voices. I get that they’re afraid of change. I get that they’re afraid of the future. I get that they’re afraid of the past. And I get that they’re afraid of the present. I get that they’re afraid of losing power and privilege and prestige. I get that they’re afraid of their capricious and childishly vengeful god. I get that they’re afraid of different races, different cultures and different accents & different religions & different sexual orientations & different viewpoints & different politics. http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/06/negotiating-with-terrorists.html

  5. I guess in terms of supporting dictators who kill their own people, Reagan shines above everyone

    Or running from Terrorists too

  6. FOLKS, THIS GUY IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE!!!

    If successful, he will bring together the Religious Right, the war thirsty Neo-Conservatives, enough Hispanics, a few Blacks, and lots and lots of Corporatist votes and $$$$$$$$$.

    Don’t laugh…Get ready for 2016.

  7. They’re fixing to Run Perry…for sure! Just like Reagan: Remember “WELL” as they told him what to say?

    When Perry flubbed the Clown-Car not remembering ‘the third thing’…that’s when they realized all he needed was a damn prompter!

  8. Perry decided to wear glasses because he thought people wouldn’t recognize he was the same idiot who ran last time. Sorry it didn’t work. If he could say one intelligent thing he might fool us. Not!!!!

  9. Perry had better be careful…

    He’s getting past the number of talking points he’s capable of remembering.

  10. First, Rick Perry will never be the GOP-Birther candidate for president. Oh, wait, in 2016 they won’t need Birthers any longer unless it’s for Rubio. Second, it is either going to be Palin or Bachmann for President with Romney or Pee Wee Herman Cain as the VP.

  11. Do I ever agree. What I can not get is why such ignorant men get elected from Texas? There must be others with brains who think and can make decisions. Men like Perry and Bush really believe in their heart they, will make a good Pres. They have no doubts. When asked, Bush could not think of one mistake he had ever made. That is he height of self deception. Perry seems the same.

  12. Another dumb ass Republican Troll! He is so hot for another Iraq go around, give him his six gun and cowboy hat and drop his dumb ass in the shit in Anbar province [doubt he would do anything but pee pants].

  13. That’s why the GOP managed to cut down the number of debates they will have.

    I am so sick of the Right, I could vomit.

    I hope fellow Dems get out and vote, there is nothing more important in 2014 than to vote blue.

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