Perry: US move on Syria 'long-overdue'
August 18th, 2011
03:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry: US move on Syria 'long-overdue'

Pembroke, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared President Obama's call Thursday for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down "long overdue."

"Today's actions are long overdue and every diplomatic option should be brought to bear to prevent Assad from wreaking further violence on the people of that region," he said.

Read what Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said here.

Read what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said here.

Several Republicans have long criticized the White House for a tentative response to the violent crackdown in Syria, led by Assad.

The President released a written statement Thursday, followed by a media availability by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She called for the Middle Eastern leader's ouster after months of escalating U.S. and European condemnation of the regime's tactics against opposition forces.

Perry addressed the news on Syria at the last of his three events in New Hampshire Thursday, after ignoring reporters' questions all morning. He did not take questions from the media after his statement.

"President Assad has threatened the safety and security not only of the Syrian people, but the surrounding world there as well," he told an audience of home construction workers at Epoch Homes in Pembroke. "He threatens the security and stability of the entire Middle East."


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    Obviously knows nothing about international politics. Turkey a NATO ally and extremely important country in the region especially since under President Gul the economy of Turkey is extremely stable and influential. Turkey is Syria's number 1 trading partner. We the U.S. (yes Separatist governor that's you to) had to wait until Turkey could distance itself from Damascus. Reb. Perry needs to go back to Texas and take care of the $27B debt he ran up before he even thinks about leading this country.

    August 18, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. GOP hates Middle Class

    Did God tell you that Rick? God told Michele to run and Snookie Palin too. Who knew Our Father had such a wicked sense of humor.
    Slick stick to things you know like being a fake Christian and growing those government jobs while losing private sector jobs.
    Here's your chance C&D Aggie: tell us all in advance what you would do with Iran, North Korea, and if instability takes hold in Jordan....

    August 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. GOP hates Middle Class

    Chance to flex your Dominionism, Slick?

    August 18, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. GOP hates Middle Class

    Maybe Slick can get over there in a plane and fly some sorties. He can recruit Mittens and his sons and since our military might be stretched too thin - Mitt can get a whole slew of his corporations to enlist and help out with the good fight that is dominionism

    August 18, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. MAC

    This morning I wish Gov. Perry and all the other republicans would tell their hecklers the truth, taxing the rich will not makesocial security, medcaid/medicare solvent so if they want to keep the same program that taxes need to be raised on the recipients children and grandchildren or the system needs to be reformed. Me, I vote for reform over higher taxes or more debt for my kids and grandkids! If you do not want reform, then it shows how selfish you are, especially getting 3 times more than you put into the system in the first place.

    August 18, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Tough talk from a draft-dodger. Another Chicken Hawk

    August 18, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. JB

    Could this country survive another intellectually challenged blowhard phony cowboy? I don't think so – we'll be paying for the effects of the last TX nitwit for decades.

    Perry's nothing but a dumber version of GW Bush.

    August 18, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. NoTags

    I have an idea. Why don't we just keep our noses out of Syria's business?

    August 18, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. 100% ETH

    The current Syrian Government is well connected with the Government of Iran and some other Arab Countries. Having a conflict with him will cost more American lives and bad economy. Then, the out come will help American opponents: China, Russia, Egypt's Muslim brother hoods, extra.

    Right now, we already have ANTI-AMERICAN( STANDBYS) of MUSLIMS and ARABS in America, Canada, Europe, Asia and in Africa. These Anti-Americans are well organized professionals who penetrated American and other Countries institutions and policy makers. If the key of power is taken from America by these groups, well, I leave the readers to figure the consequences......

    So..., what should America do???
    My answer is clear and simple!!!

    1) No more immigration Laws;
    2) Kicked out all Muslim, Arabs and NON-CHRISTIANS and ANTI-CHRISTIANS from America and elsewhere. Then, as the founding Fathers bleeds for it America will be the SECOND HEAVEN!!!! We will sealed our borders and no more worry!!!
    Even GOD ALMIGHTY(praise the Lord), kicked and cleaned-out the Anti-Christians. Now, America is going wrong way, which is not supported by Christians. That is why the American/Christian enemies rised all over the World.

    PEACE IN AMERICA = CLEAN-OUT ANTI-CHRISTIANS!!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Read what Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said here. Read what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said here."

    Read what private citizen Lynda/Minnesota said here: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    August 18, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. 2012liberal

    Sounds like bachmann went rouge. Wonder how red ed rollens ears are. Never had much respect 4 that fool either. Elvis birthday on 34th yr of death and leading from behind. Blind leading the blind party of a dozen!

    August 18, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. fayse

    Rick Perry won the re election with 39% of the vote because this was Government jobs with only 5 % in the privated sector. Those were minimum wage jobs that do not provide benefits such as Health Insurance. Perry is selling out the highways to foreign investors and turning them into Toll roads. Rick Perry tried to pass a law that all shool age girls 12 and over would be required to receive the HPV shots. He has already signed a law that requires all women want an abortion to have a sonagram. Please google Rick Perry the Bilderberg group Istanbul, Turkey and then google Perry and the Dominationist group. It is scary stuff but, the truth is, that Perry is and would be the perfect puppet for Karl Rove.

    August 18, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. fayse

    Sorry, some of my sentence was deleted when I hit the post button. The election was a three way race. Most of the jobs created were Government jobs.

    August 18, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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