June 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry weighs in on U.S. options in Iraq

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.

"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.

"Let's just say there's a big ISIS transition convoy coming in and we could take that out, then there might be a use of an air strike at that particular time. But just air strikes for the sake of air strikes, probably not."

The Texas governor, who is weighing another presidential run in 2016, stayed away from offering military suggestions with respect to the on-going crisis.

"I think there are a number of ways, we don't have to actually signal all the things we're going to do," he said.

He did, however, offered harsh words for President Barack Obama's handling of the withdrawal from the region in 2011.

"The real blunder from my perspective was when this President wanted to get out of Iraq so bad that we left and didn't even let the door hit us in the back getting out of there," Perry said.

Perry's comments come as Obama met with congressional leaders and then Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss options being prepared by the Pentagon, short of boots on the ground. And earlier Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said they were working out details on possible U.S. steps that could include airstrikes on Sunni militants advancing through northern Iraq.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: Crossfire • Iraq • Rick Perry
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. j.v.hodgson

    WE need to stay the hell out of Islamic states with any kind of US military action, or even allied or UN backed military force.
    The why is simple our constitution gives freedom or religion and god knows we have oodles of religious Christian sects. but none of the Christian sects have Jihad or holy war to defend any one sects religion against attack by another sect. Nor do we treat apostasy as a death penalty offense. WE also allow Buddhists and Islamic religions to be followed it's the law or our constitution.
    So, Islam has many sects Sunni, Shiite, Wahhabbi to name but a few and not intended to disrespect other sects not mentioned. They all operate on the equivalent of the Qu'ran ( Christian version bible) and then the Saints /Disciples ( (Christian) or the Prophet Mohammed whose words from GOD ( same as Christian god) became the Qu'ran and which incorporates sharia law.
    The point is that Islamic sectarian interpretations of the Qu'ran vary widely all allow Jihad to protect their sects view especially apparently on the Sunni, Shiite divide.
    If ISIL want a Caliphate in fundamentally Islamic states, I say let them have it. But if they want to extend the caliphate into majority Christian states, then we go to war.
    The real point is Islamic fundamentalism ala ISIL has always existed... when it goes too far the Muslim's are in revolt and will be the moderators not foreign interventionist Christian infidels.
    Syria and Iraq have to resolve their own religious law battles and we the US need to let them get on with it.
    Until they want to try and kill us even 1 US citizen any where in the world in war in the US by whatever means.
    When we prove unequivocally in the international court of justice the claimed base of the organization.... that state will be totally annihilated if needed but first by trying to eliminate the extremists who did the attack and that initially by covert special ops military drone strikes based on our own developed local intelligence not that of so called local collaborators/ spies.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    June 19, 2014 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Perry simply does not understand the difference between making policy (what politicians are supposed to do instead of play politics) and the mplementation of that policy which is the only thing any military person can and should do.

    June 19, 2014 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  3. sidney

    You listen carefully you can hear. THE DOGS OF WAR.

    June 19, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Gov Ooops and the GOP chicken hawks want to make money killing American heroes again. Can't wait to see Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that.

    June 19, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  5. twisted truth

    His hypothetical stories are a glimpse into a very small mind. What has become of us, anything aimed at helping the less fortunate is viewed as unworthy, and further enriching the richest among us (record inequality), as prudent, SMH.

    June 19, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "The real blunder from my perspective was when this President wanted to get out of Iraq so bad that we left and didn't even let the door hit us in the back getting out of there," Perry said.
    -----------------------------------
    Remember, every time that you hear a conservative criticize Pres. Obama for the complete withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, they are either lying to you or are woefully misinformed. Pres. Bush signed the SOFA treaty that called for a complete withdrawal in 2011, leaving no residual forces behind. Malaki wanted us out, and it seemed there was no changing his mind.

    June 19, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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