Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks
January 17th, 2012
08:09 AM ET
11 years ago

Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks

Istanbul (CNN) - Turkey's foreign ministry condemned Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday for saying that Turkey was a "country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists."

Perry made the statement during a spirited debated between Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina Monday night.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Turkey
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. A. Wolf

    Sorry Turkey. We don't particularly like him either.

    January 17, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. John

    Rick Perry Isn't even President ,but yet he all ready doing what Republican does best and that Is he trying to start a war with one of America ally. The Thing Is that Rick Perry doesn't know what he taking about and his brain been fry for to long. He making a Fool out of himself and the Republican Party.

    January 17, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. support

    I am Turkish-American and I support Israel. Those two nations are the cornerstone of regional stability and they have to get their acts ones more together.

    January 17, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. marco60

    Put a fork in him.........he's done.........

    January 17, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Mike

    Don't worry Turkey, I agree with you entirely...

    January 17, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. hejsan

    It really is time for Perry to drop out of the race. These comments certainly show he is not ready for prime time.

    January 17, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Janie

    Political candidates should not disparage entire countries until they have visited for a period of time and have taken the time to read, research, and experience the culture. As an American who las done all three, I find Mr. Perry's remarks ignorant and reprehensible.

    January 17, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. An Observation from North of the 49th

    Tht the U.S.general public is even considring this turkey as Presidential material is truley sad.

    January 17, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. America4Americans

    Its about time a true patriot spoke his mind about the Islamist Extremists that are at war with American Christian Values. I praise Perry's courage and it just goes to show we need a true Conservative Christian in the White House if our way of life is to be preserved.

    January 17, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Turkster

    He later predicted that Turkey's embassy in Washington would probably seek clarification on the comments..."

    Official WH response: "We apologies for this inconvenience, he [Rick Perry] is just some guy who wears a suit and shows up at random places thinking he will become the next US president, we don't even know who he is either, just ignore him."

    January 17, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. JMartin

    You're right A.Wolf, Perry doesn't speak for me either.

    January 17, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. GI Joe

    The reublicans all LOVE wars - it's makes their favorite people wealthy (corporations - think Haliburton, folks).

    January 17, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. GI Joe

    To tell the truth, I'm more afraid of the Christian extremists attacking us from within at this point in time. Their propaganda is enough to gag a maggot.

    January 17, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Squigman

    It's a wonder, that we have any friends at all in the world. The backward behavior of some of our own people is sickening. What a shame, in this day and age.

    January 17, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Turkey has moved towards Islam. There is zero doubt of that fact. Their behavior has changed dramatically under their current president. They are basically being "assimilated" into the Islamic world of oppression, abuse of women, conflict with Israel, and much more.

    Almost anyone who has been following Turkey's actions, at all, in the media can recognize that fact.

    January 17, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Tony in Maine

    There are reasons to criticize Turkey, but their secular leadership isn't one of them. Turkey's reaction to any criticism, even something totally invalid as was Perry's remark, is a major character defect of their's. That, and their culpability in the 20th century's first genocide...

    January 17, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. DanW

    Perry's remark is somewhat true, in that many of his supporters consider any Muslim to be a terrorist. I sense that Perry shares this view. We need our leaders to be truthful, not paranoid, and campaign with facts, not fear.

    January 17, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. PraiseTheLard

    The world should know by now that American politicians don't necessarily display even basic intelligence...

    January 17, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    I'm going to be glad when the SC primary is over and this guy drops out. He's done absolutely nothing for the GOP cause. Go home, Rick.

    January 17, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Lee

    Perry should be on his way bacl to TX by Sat. Night

    January 17, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Canuck

    "we need a true Conservative Christian in the White House if our way of life is to be preserved."

    Not sure I'd want your way of life...

    January 17, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. jim

    A. Wolf
    "Sorry Turkey. We don't particularly like him either."

    You said it.

    January 17, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Perry is ignorant with regards to the country Turkey!

    January 17, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Bernard

    One reason why there is a difference between the US and the outer world. We think we are capable of saying things free of knowledge (because we are strong and always right) but the truth is; people respect US less and less everyday. as the politicians here are constantly ignorant. I can hear Turkish media making fun of him – a potential US president!.

    January 17, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. DJ in Texas

    I apologize for our governor here. It appears that Mr. Perry has no idea of what he's talking about. Yes, Turkey is Muslim, but there are more secular people in Turkey than most other Islamic nations. It is a stabalizing country in the region. We need to keep it that way. Obviously this guy has no idea on foreign policy and I'm sure his advisors cringed when they heard him say this.

    January 17, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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