Perry questions intentions of American diplomats
November 7th, 2011
10:50 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry questions intentions of American diplomats

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Monday he didn’t think some State Department employees were working in the best interest of the country.

“I’m not sure our State Department serves us well,” the Texas governor said on a radio program with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. “I’m not talking about the Secretary of State here. I’m talking about the career diplomats and the Secretary of State who, all too often, may not be making decisions, or giving advice to the administration that’s in this country’s best interest.”

Perry said Congressional action might be required to ensure the nation’s diplomatic corps is taking actions that benefit America.

“We need to have a discussion with Congress to make sure that the decisions that are being made are in America’s best interest,” Perry said.

Perry said tougher action was required in Pakistan, where he suggested the Pakistani intelligence agency was involved in actions harmful to America. Perry said the message to Pakistan hasn’t been clear enough from the United States.

“We need to lay down the law to Pakistan,” Perry said.

Perry also downplayed President Barack Obama’s role in killing Osama bin Laden, saying the military infrastructure that was already in place had a greater role in finding al Qaeda leader.

“I’ll promise you, those Navy SEALs that took out bin Laden, they knew what they were doing a long time before the president of the United States took office,” Perry said.

“So please don’t come in here and say, ‘I inherited all these problems’ and over here, ‘I did all this.’ No thank you, Mr. President. We know how those things were done. It was because of the dedication and the focus and the professionalism of the military men and women of this country; not because he ended up being the President of the United States.”

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  1. thomas

    Sounds like a career politician talking about a career diplomat !

    Perry / Enron

    November 7, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    It is often said voters have short memories but we dont. I seem to recall in 2008 when Bush was defeated that he and several agencies said they had no idea where Bin laden was or Mullah Omar.
    Regarding the state department state. The second " " is ridiculous He starts off saying he is not talking about the secretary of stae and ends up in the very next breath including her. His comment is even more farcical re state and the Bin Laden matter since there are congressional oversight committees where these kind of critiques should be directed thats why they are there.
    Sovreign state clearly has no meaning to Candidate Perry " We need to lay the law down to Pakistan" brilliant diplomacy that is not. Pakistan has ademocratically elected government and they will do as they wish in the best interests of thier country and people who elected them. America does not rule the world.
    He ends up syaing nothing done should accrue credit to Obama, only all those support people but we can blame him for everything.
    What a joke no wonder it was on Fox news.

    November 7, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. independent

    Does Mr. Perry know the constitutional roles of Congress and the Executive branches of government in foreign policy? It sounds like he wants the Congress to tell the Executive branch and its diplomatic corps to do its bidding. I suggest he go down the street and ask President Bush how this all works in reality.

    November 7, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. DocinPA

    “I’m not talking about the Secretary of State here. I’m talking about the career diplomats and the Secretary of State..." I thought this guy was not ready for prime time. Jeeze! He's not ready, period!

    November 7, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Debbie

    So is Perry saying that the Seals didn't need the Commander in Chief's ok to take out Osama. Perry needs to know that we had Osama within our sights when Bush was President and Bush did not give approval. Like it or not the President must give the yea or nay and thus they get the win. To say that Obama was not significant in taking down Osama is then saying that the failed attempt of getting our hostages our of Iran was of no blame to Carter. Did Reagan not give approval for Noriega? So getting Noriega was not a Reagan win?

    November 7, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. tigerakabj

    Someobdy cart him off to an asylum, especially after that hopped up/drunk speech he gave. He's not fit to give a lecture to a statue, let alone be president of the United States.

    There just aren't words to describe how ignorant he is. President Obama didn't have anything to do with OBL wipe out? Then he should explain why President Bush, just 6 months after 9/11, said on camera he isn't interested in getting OBL. Then in 2005, he dismantled the unit looking for him.

    But what the heck, it's obvious Perry is in over his head and is just squawking at anything that gets his attention.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 7, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. colt45

    Here we go with ignorant Rick Perry making inflammatory statements about something he knows very very little. He knows nothing about foreign affairs and you can bet he is itching to get us into a war with Pakistan. Voters, do not underestimate this candidate's aggressive and ego-driven makeup. The last thing the USA needs is Rick Perry. Do not be fooled by his wacky persona.

    November 7, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. joand

    This guy is a moron. Congress cannot even be trusted to do THEIR job without at least irrational fighting and at most intense corruption. Do NOT put diplomacy in their hands for they will surely jack it up...

    November 8, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. Tomo

    WOW! Parry believes we were focusing our attention on binLaden before Obama was elected. Maybe we got him because Parry was praying.

    November 8, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. TiAmo

    What's that old saying... the last acts of desperate men. Well, it looks like this desperate man is saying whatever he can to get a little attention before his ship goes down.

    November 8, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  11. Texass

    First he says he is not talking about the Secretary of State, and in the next sentence he says he is talking about the career diplomats and the Secretary of State.

    What a moron

    November 8, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Temi

    Perhaps Perry would be interested in having discussions with Congress about acting in the interest of the American people with regard to policies that would positively impact the economy and by extension unemployment instead of blocking any effort to affect the current situation in order to gain political advantage by hanging a poor economic situation around the neck of the person that "ended up being President of the United States"

    November 8, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  13. mk1

    This guy is so clueless that if he god forbid ever did become President, we would be in such a world of hurt. The ignorance is absolutely astounding.

    November 8, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. Slash

    Yeah, we know. 9/11? Clinton's fault. The Clinton economic prosperity? Republican's victory. Iraq and Afghanistan waver between NECESSARY and Obama's fault, despite Obama drawing down both wars immensely to stop the loss of lives and money - DEFINITELY not Bush and the Republicans' fault. bin Laden? If only Bush had a few more years, he'd have got him despite disbanding the task force searching for him in 2005. Recession that occurred completely in Bush's term due to Bush's economic idiocy? Obama's fault. But those new jobs being made, that's nothing we can credit Obama with. High gas prices under Bush? Not Bush's fault. High gas prices under Obama? Clearly it's because of socialism.

    The Republican candidates are all hypocrites of the highest order and I wouldn't trust them to run a faucet (they'd keep it on for kicks to spite environmentalists), let alone a country.

    November 8, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |

    So, that logic,.. Perry the imbecile, should not be taking credit , like he has been, for all the jobs created in Texas,.. they were created by business owners, and companies, established long before Perry became Governor. What a joke of candidate .

    November 8, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  16. Steven Colo

    "“I’m not talking about the Secretary of State here. I’m talking about the career diplomats and the Secretary of State"

    How did someone of this intellectual caliber even get out of bed in the morning, let alone mount a Presidential bid?

    November 8, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. logic in LA

    This man can't even put a thought together in an interview and yet he thinks he understands foreign diplomacy?
    Just stick to admiring bottles of syrup.

    November 8, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  18. K. Parks of Colorado

    Well I finally agree with an idea the Perry has. We need to get tough with Pakistan. Of course, neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan are making decisions or taking actions that are in America's best interests because THEY AREN'T AMERICA! Duh! They don't really want America coming into their country and dictating how their country should run. They just want our money and our politicians gladly give it to them so long as they military contractors keep dumping campaign money into their coffers.

    We know that the Navy SEALS that took out Osama bin Laden were trained to do what they did long before Obama took office and nobody (including Pres. Obama) has tried to suggest otherwise. However the 9-11 attacks occurred in late 2001. It is now 2011. 10 years pasted and 8 out of those 10 years was with a Republican President in office yet no Osama bin Laden even with those trained Navy SEALS. Ask yourself what changed? The Navy SEALS were still the same trained professionals they are today as they were 5 years ago, right?

    November 8, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. DixonIV

    I'm not sure this guy knows what he is talking about... There is to much of this "I'm not sure if", I don't know if" accusations in this year's campaign. Making so many accusations with absolutely no substance.

    November 8, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  20. Larry L

    This Republican circus clown wants President Obama to take credit for the economic mess left behind by the Bush Administration but doesn't want him the share the credit for success in the killing of Bin Laden – and a host of other terrorists. This bumbling "W"(lite) is so poorly prepared to offer his opinion on world affairs his handlers must cringe every time he speaks. He should stick to what he knows... like giving tips on eating corny-dogs or spending contributions from oil men.

    November 8, 2011 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. Josh Jaye

    Unfortunately, all the negative stories regarding every current candidate, is the biggest problem with finding a suitable candidate to support. None of them stand out. All of them sling mud and bad-mouth their opponents. I have not heard a single viable idea, from any of them, as to how to fix the mess that Obama has created. Most are career politicians, which simply means that they have had more time to perfect their lying technique. They will pull a "Woodrow Wilson" and end up re-electing the worst president that this country has ever had. We're finished.

    November 8, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  22. Marry

    What an outburst of incompetence, hogwash, and insult coming out of Perry again. Who does this uneducated, bully and pretender think he is? The GOP/TP should be ashamed of the “choices” they offer us for President! One worse than the other!

    November 8, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  23. Clueless

    Mr.Perry, Your comment is a putdown to all the men and women working tirelessly at the state department to engage a world gone wild and fix the haphazardness of the previous administration. Your statement is idiotic and amateurish at best.

    November 8, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Thad

    Perry no fit to run a hotdog stand
    Lay down the law to a nuclear power whose countries government is overran with alqueda. The truth needs to be told not covered up. Not shot unarmed and buried in the middle of nowhere. Not stuck in a file cabinet with top secret stamped on the front. Perry or any of thee canidates except for Ron Paul including tbe current president are agents of corporate america our country is infested with power hungry ceo's with big wallets. 17000 to eat dinner with the president.
    To fund his re-election what about giving that money to families in need getting men and women all across this country some type of check from figthing all these oil wars we taxpayers paid for. I mean the federal reserve credit limit scam these bankers stole this country a long time ago but we can take it baack once we taake money out of politics. It is the only real solution.
    Anyone telling you different is not a patirot and should be tried for treason

    November 8, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  25. dami

    There is someting called motivation and belief and that is what obama has put in the hearts of the navy. Yes,Continuous dedication and focus of these people could be as a result of obama being president

    November 8, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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