Perry warns of military 'adventurism'
August 29th, 2011
01:31 PM ET
8 years ago

Perry warns of military 'adventurism'

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry appeared before a ballroom of veterans Monday as the governor of Texas, but used the platform to deliver a national message on foreign policy and war strategy.

Speaking before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio, Texas, Perry said the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should cue a renewed commitment against America's enemies, "wherever they are, before they strike at home."

However, he said American soldiers should only go to battle when "our vital interests are threatened."

"I do not believe America should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism," Perry said. "We should always look to build coalitions among the nations to protect the mutual interests of freedom loving people."

"It's not our interest to go it alone," Perry added.

Perry, the son of a World War II veteran, was commissioned in the Air Force after college graduation, eventually leaving with the rank of captain having never served in active combat.

The longest serving Lone Star governor said America's allies should be involved in a decision to engage in military missions, but that ultimately that responsibility falls to the United States.

"We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multi-lateral debating societies," Perry said. "When our interests are threatened, American soldiers should be led by American commanders."

Perry used his remarks at the four day convention, where fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear Tuesday, to announce a $3 million housing grant program for veterans in the state.

"Housing for heroes will help ensure veterans and their families have adequate housing as they ease back into civilian life and enjoy the blessings of liberty they earned with their valor and their sacrifice," Perry said.

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  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    However, he said American soldiers should only go to battle when "our vital interests are threatened."

    Like in Libya Governor Perry? I thought you supported American military action there just weeks ago didn't you?

    August 29, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |

    "I do not believe America should fall subject to a foreign policy of military adventurism," Perry said.

    .....I wonder if he thought the same thing when we unilaterally went into Iraq looking for weapons of mass

    August 29, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    Not buying it...he is a War Hawk in the back pocket of the Military Industrial Complex lobbyists. Ron Paul is the only Republican that can credibly claim he is not in favor of starting wars of "choice".

    August 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ahhhh, we thought we got rid of that "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here" policy a while ago...

    ...yep you guessed it, this man is on top of the GOP, HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

    Nice going GOP, did you ever think of taking a step forward?

    What the heck am I saying? the GOP thinks that the 1800's before the civil war was the golden age of the US...slavery and all...

    August 29, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Joe800

    Quote; "should cue a renewed commitment against America's enemies, "wherever they are, before they strike at home.",..Perry does realize that means he and the entire GOP ticket, right???

    August 29, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. thomas

    Oh ,
    now he speaks up about Bush's war policy .


    August 29, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Stu Steinberg

    Rick Perry took an oath to defend the Constitution when he was sworn into the military. Maybe he believes, unlike most of us who served, that the oath ended when he was discharged. As far as I am concerned, he is a traitor since he has now aligned himself with radical Christian fundamentalists who openly advocate overthrowing our democratic republic and replacing it with a Christian theocracy. They believe that we should be governed by a literal reading of the bible and the Ten Commandments. His recent "Response" prayer meeting in Texas was largely planned and funded by these people who claim that they talk to God and that Texas was to be the new center of this movement and that Perry had been chosen to play a role in their seditious plan to take over our political institutions. It is shocking and despicable that the mainstream media has refused, with the exception of National Public Radio, to cover this story. Google the Texas Observer–Rick Perry and the Army of God. Go to the NPR web site and find the recent Fresh Air show on this matter. These are the most dangerous people in the country and are our own version of the Taliban and radical Islamists who want to establish Sharia law worldwide. They should be arrested and charged with sedition and they have no First Amendment right to advocate overthrowing our constitutional democracy. They are also virulent anti-Semites and openly preach that Jews must be converted. Perry has not disavowed any of this.

    August 29, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. "He's Dead Jim."

    September 11th should be the day our enemies worry about us striking them.

    August 29, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. CaliforniaBC

    Oooo...Perry is sounding an aweful lot like Obama here. Better be careful there scooter.

    But then again does anyone actually believe what he's saying here. Just like Bush, he'll take the "go it alone" attitude and alienate our allies give the first opportunity. He destroy all the progress Obama has made mending all the broken relatioinships from GW.

    August 29, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    I think our enemies can be found in the republican party and in particular Texas!

    August 29, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Perry as commander in chief would be a sad joke, but I like his $3 million social program for housing for veterans, completely confusing libertarians and tea baggers. Now Texas will boast a $26.3 billion debt, instead of the mere $26 billion.

    August 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    So is this idiot calling for another unfunded war? How does that work with the GOP's calls for a balanced budget amendment? Or does it simply mean more cuts to social security and medicare or not helping the hurricane and earthquake victims? Please, someone explain exactly how this would work.

    August 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Who would have thought, Rick Perry, Texas socialist. But, who does not love social programs that will help those in need?

    August 29, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Anther preemptive war zealot. Just what we need. Wake up people...are you really going to trust the Republicans on foreign policy? After 10 years of tax cuts for corporations so they can ship jobs overseas, you are going to put these people back in charge? I thought we were smarter than least I was hoping.

    August 29, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Canuck

    More paranoia from the right, got to keep that war machine humming.

    August 29, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Shawn Williams

    Rick Perry has yet to do an interview w/any news station yet he is being taken seriously. I don't get it.

    August 29, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    The fact that this man is considered presidential material doesn't say much about us, does it?

    August 29, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. lisa2010

    isn't that what obama did with libya, just there with support from NATO and none of our troops involved on the he taking a page from obama's book, saying (not in so many words) that is what he would have done if he was president.. seems like this guy cannot go without Obama, first the stimulous package for his government jobs and the relief for the fires in Texas....and who knows maybe others... its time to go on your own, Perry..

    August 29, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. SaintM

    Sounds like Bush Doctrine is now the Perry Doctrine with a little spin on it so it sounds good to anyone who is withing hearing distance. Nice try Perry, but I'll leave the level-headed foreign policy thinking up to President Obama. You are not qualified, nor will you ever be. My guess is that the results our President has gotten would never be acheived by you.

    Perry still has the taste of G.W. Bush's rear end in his mouth, so he can't help mimic what that jerk thought would work foreign policy wise. To Rick Perry: you are not the nominee yet–and if you do become the nominee, the fun with you will just be starting–your vetting has only just begun, and in the end, you will lose.

    August 29, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. VictoriaJ

    Really all I hear when I see Perry is blah blah blah—secession, blah, blah blah— pray for rain, blah blah blah— no science, blah blah blah I'm dumber but have better hair than Bush. . . . .

    August 29, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry believes in Texas suceding while our military men and women from Texas are giving their lives to protect us. Perry doesn't understand if you sucede from the Union, you don't get to take the U.S. military with you. Perry is unfit to talk about our military and he is unfit to lead our military.

    August 29, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Larry L

    It's interesting to see Perry promoting what is more of a position accepted by President Obama. This is the first intelligent thing I've heard Governor "Corny Dog" say. The other moronic Republican, bible-thumping, buffoon Texas provided the White House started the Iraq debacle to show his daddy how he could be a big boy! Think about it America... don't let us unload another one of our fools on you. Remember Bush's neck rub for the German Chancellor? Perry is not even that bright!

    August 29, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It was supposed to be a $26.003 billion debt for Texas, a thousand pardons. Sorry for the confusion.

    August 29, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. cpfcpf

    So the best we can offer those we ask the most of is "adequate housing?" Perry is riding the fence so hard it is chafing him. Trying to balance spending versus caring for our overburdened VOLUNTEER servicemen is a lose-lose.

    August 29, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Liz 'Tis

    " "When our interests are threatened, American soldiers should be led by American commanders." states Rick Perry. Interpreted: "When countries export oil to Russia and China rather than America (Libya). Oil interests. Drill at home. Ron Paul for president

    August 29, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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