Perry: US move on Syria 'long-overdue'
August 18th, 2011
03:34 PM ET
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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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  1. Indy

    This flash mob of Republicans traveling the country and bashing the President and telling outrageous lies proves they have no credible answers and resort to everything but helping the country with their Carnival Barking Tour of Lies

    August 18, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC


    President Perry would have invaded, claiming sort of damn crusade, and cut taxes to pay for it.

    August 18, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Repubs. would criticize the way Obama kisses his daughters good night.

    August 18, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Look! We have another Monday morning quarterback who offers no solution but has all the criticism in the world for the President. When will these TEApublicans get the message that WE ARE NOT THE WORLD'S POLICE? Sec. Clinton has been right in trying to get other nations involved so that we can impose some real serious sanctions on Syria. This is where I stand.....If you don't have a solution from the get go, you are in no position to be criticizing the administration while they are in operational posture.

    August 18, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Matt

    " 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"
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    You know – I had a frat brother that would come into a room, fart, and leave. This is the same cloth that Rick Perry is cut from still.

    By the way, where's your birth certificate and lapel flag pin Ricky?

    August 18, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Long overdue? Then what does that make Parry's first ever statement on the issue, seeing as it's coming AFTER Obama's? Oh...wait...he was too busy making crazy statements about Bernanke being a "treasonous," pretending creatonism and evolution are equal or pretending that TX losing a net of only 53,000 jobs from 2007-2010 was his doing instead of Obama's doing by giving TX the Stimulus money to create 125,000 public sector jobs that offset the 178,000 private sector jobs lost....or maybe getting busy with some Second Amendment conserva-porn. Yeah...way too busy for making any sort of comments on Syria until now...let alone substantive comments that comport with his own actual actions. Had he been talking about it before now, he'd have credibility (setting aside whether you agreed with the position)...but seeing as he's been entirely silent on the issue until now, he's should probably just have stayed that way.

    August 18, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Save the Rich, vote GOP

    More war – more war – we want more war

    August 18, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    These people running for GOP nomination are all weak minded puppets – all repeating the same manufactured dribble from the GOP/fox political machine.
    Really is anybody (except tea-baggers) dumb enough to believe our President is "leading from behind"? They were saying Obama shouldn't get involved in Libya, they said he acted to quickly with Egypt. They said Obama wasn't capable to deal with the Somalia pirates, that he couldn’t deal with Bin Laden?? He has proven the GOP WRONG with every issue.
    How could anyone even suggest we trust these but-clowns with anything more complicated than pushing a lawn mower??

    August 18, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    When was the last time Parry was included in a national security meeting? He's just armchair quarterbacking, shooting off his mouth to score points with his base.

    In other words, Parry is just another typical Republican ...

    August 18, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Will Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum understand the real problem? NO

    August 18, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. SaintM

    Dubya Rick, if it were up to you–you'd bomb Syria–except you'd actully hit Jordon or some other country because you don't know where Syria is, and you likely had to Google "Bashar al-Assad"

    Get this, you Bush-clone cowboy–no world leader would invite you to clean their toilets let alone have a seat at the table for debate or negotiations. How clumsy of you to think you've clinched the nomination and are only mouthing off at our President instead of concentrating on the primaries and the other GOP contenders. You and Romney are demonstrating your strategic brilliance–and I'm sure in your case, you'll remain in Texas and continue to enlighten and entertain yourself with your ideas–because no one else will be listening.

    August 18, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. thomas

    Governor Rick Perry should be in Texas helping his state deal with the worse drought in a hundred years !

    I'm sure he will ask the federal government for billions in drought relief !

    Perry and the other two GOP bimbos running for president should stop the flavor of the week critic over mid east policy . It's more complicated then there little brains can comprehend !

    If our Afghan and Iraqi strategy was more like our Libyan and Egyptian strategy we wouldn't have been in a ten year conflict , spending TRILLIONS of dollars and lives !

    August 18, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    It truly amazing how America politican want to tell other country what to do. Texas Gov. Rick Perry need to pick a weapon and stand the line. President Obama want to bring our men home. President Obama should leave well enough alone (Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad )!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. jj

    Forget about policing another Arab Country, time to move back to improving our Country. If the Syrians want to get rid of Assad they can do it themselves. Sick of that entire region of the world.

    August 18, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Perhaps the GOBPbaggers and neocons need to be reminded (a) the US cannot afford to get involved in any more wars, and (b) non-military options are limited. If any of the blowhards start making noises about what the US can or should do in the Middle East, hold on to your wallet and expect more young Americans to die needlessly.

    August 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    For those of us who can't stand this scumbag – all we have to do is wait until he gets on the BIG stage. He will trouble us no more.

    August 18, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    These men are ameteurs at best.......Obama foreign policy is far more thought out than GOP gives credit for.

    August 18, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Russ

    Yea, the Governor of Texas knows exactly what we should do in Syria. Maybe he needs to start praying for rain in Texas first. Maybe this heat wave will help just a little to wake this moron up. The earth is warming up. So has he just abandoned his job to campaign? Seems like he should be back there dealing with the emergency drought situation.

    August 18, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Mr. "Good Hair" thinks Syria is in East Texas – near Palestine.

    August 18, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Rickster

    Just a few short months ago Broom Hillary and Herman Munster Kerry were glowing with affection for Assad. Democrats should never be voted into power again.....what a bunch of buffoons they are.

    August 18, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Russ

    The Republicans yelled because he moved to action in Lybia and should have held off or get out altogether. Now, it's he didn't act fast enough. It was Bushes knee jerk reaction that got us inot Iraq. You would think they would learn something from Bush's mistakes.

    August 18, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    He, like most of the other GOBPbaggers, missed the point about how President Obama was coordinating with our ME allies. Rest assured that if one of the current crop of teatards held office, they wouldn't waste time with diplomacy when they could be shooting off guns and their mouth. We all know how well Bush's cowboy diplomacy worked last time, so of course they want to double down on the stupid this time around.

    August 18, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Syria is not our problem. Who cares if these people kill each other? No danger to us. Actually it might enhance our national security. Sooner or later one of them will pop one in Assad's head and then the next dictator or muslim fanatic will take up the reigns. Life will go on, nothing will change. It's the Arab way.

    August 18, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    Same response I had as I did to Romney. If it's SO freakin' overdue, then why is THIS the first time you're saying anything? Or is it that you are just a reactionary noisemaker who sits around waiting to criticize the next words out of the president's mouth?

    I think he could say that the sky is bue, and you'd argue that he's lying to the American people – The sky is only MOSTLY blue, with some white and grey thrown in...

    Geez – figure out where YOU stand and man up. Your constant fixation on Obama only shows us who is REALLY in front.

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    So, the Teahadist led GOP bashes President Obama for the US involvement in Libya, then bashes him for not involving the US in Syria. How effing insanely ignorant do you have to be to be a Right-winger, or is hypocrisy the leading trait to have?

    August 18, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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