Rick Perry: Hey, Let’s Go Back To Iraq!
We got another indication of how far out of step some of the Republican candidates for President are when it comes to public opinion during Saturday night’s debate when Rick Perry said he’d send troops back to Iraq:
Rick Perry said he would send U.S. troops back to Iraq at a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire on Saturday.
“The idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasures, both in blood and money, that we have spent in Iraq- because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal leftist base, and move out those men and women. He could have renegotiated that time frame. I think it is a huge error for us,” Perry said at the debate, sponsored by ABC News/Yahoo!/WMUR-TV.
This is the not the first time that the Texas governor has been critical of President Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq, but it is the first that he has suggested sending troops back after their withdrawal last month.
At a campaign stop in Iowa in December, Perry said on Iraq, “Giving your enemy is a timeline of which you’re going to withdraw is really bad tactics.”
Perry was bolder at the ABC News/Yahoo GOP presidential debate Saturday, citing Iran as a potential problem in Iraq.
“We’re going to see Iran, in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light. They’re going to move back in, and all of the work we’ve done — every young man that has lost his life in that country will have been for nothing. Because we’ve got a president that does not understand what’s going on in that region,” Perry said.
All I can say Governor is that if the Iranians are literally going to move at the speed of light then they’ve mastered technology that we haven’t even conceived of yet. You gonna send Chuck Norris in to take care of that?
Let’s go over this again. We tried to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement that would allow a residual forces to be left behind (although personally I think that would’ve been a mistake), the Iraqis refused to grant American troops the same immunity from prosecution we normally request from other countries hosting American troops. Moreover, it was clear that the Iraqi Parliament would not have supported Nouri al-Maliki if he’d tried to reach an agreement. They didn’t want us there. More importantly, American public opinion overwhelmingly supports the President on this. Why are the Republicans being so mind-numbingly stupid on this issue?
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