Diplomats defend themselves against Perry criticism
November 10th, 2011
03:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Diplomats defend themselves against Perry criticism

Washington (CNN) - Foreign Service officers are firing back at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's charges that some State Department employees are not working in the best interest of the country.

In a written statement, the American Foreign Service Association said Thursday the Texas governor's comments "reflect a serious misunderstanding" of the role of Foreign Service officers "in promoting American interests overseas."


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    Wait wait – let me get this straight: A Governor of Texas, whose campaign staff occasionally feel the need to announce that no indeed – he really WAS SOBER when he said that, and while shooting from the hip on live national TV and trying to salvage a mushroom-cloud of a campaign, actually said something stupid?

    Shocked. Absolutely shocked.

    Next you'll tell me that Romney's response to allegations of flip-flopping was that he is the most steady person running (oh wait, he did that last night), and that Cain's way of battleing public perception of him as a philandering misogynist is to call the former Speaker of the House 'Princess Nancy' (oh wait, he did that last night. He then apologized saying he didnt mean it, then today took back the apology saying that he really DID mean it, but wanted to get the media off his back.).

    I see a pattern emerging here. The most notable pattern is that NONE of these candidates are even remotely electable.

    November 10, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Foreign Service is not the only area where he has a serious misunderstanding. The question should be, what does he really understand, and is it something that is really important to the office of POTUS? Sorry, football and hunting are not topics that are relevant to the job.

    November 10, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. yu

    Don't mind him, he's an idiot.

    November 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Ok, so when do we announce tha Cowboy Fonzie's presidential campaign is a dead horse and then move on and stop reporting about it so we can focus on making fun of the other imbeciles the GOP/Teatrolls are running?

    November 10, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I stepped in a pile of Perry once hen I was in Texas.

    November 10, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Wes B.

    What a boob. I said the same thing when GW Bush ran. How did that turn out, anyway?

    November 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Niki

    Romney really just has to keep his mouth shut and he'll get the nomination. To the other candidates (with the exception of Huntsman), just give them rope, and they'll hang themselves. Now I aggree with Sniffit, lets establish a new GOP frontrunner (how many is that now?) so we can have another good laugh.

    November 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Sniffit, he's the gift that keeps on giving: actually they all are.

    November 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Whoa boy. Stand back, folks. Gooberner Perry's campaign is imploding under self-inflicted pain, better known as pressure.

    November 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. toocy

    Sniffit, isn't he more of a Potsie?

    November 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old PIgs have gone insane!

    Actually, he's more Jethro Clampett.

    November 10, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Actually, he's more like Jim Varney's character " Ernest P. Worrell", but he took those movies as a guide to life.

    November 10, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |