June 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Perry weighs in on U.S. options in Iraq

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.

"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.

"Let's just say there's a big ISIS transition convoy coming in and we could take that out, then there might be a use of an air strike at that particular time. But just air strikes for the sake of air strikes, probably not."

The Texas governor, who is weighing another presidential run in 2016, stayed away from offering military suggestions with respect to the on-going crisis.

"I think there are a number of ways, we don't have to actually signal all the things we're going to do," he said.

He did, however, offered harsh words for President Barack Obama's handling of the withdrawal from the region in 2011.

"The real blunder from my perspective was when this President wanted to get out of Iraq so bad that we left and didn't even let the door hit us in the back getting out of there," Perry said.

Perry's comments come as Obama met with congressional leaders and then Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss options being prepared by the Pentagon, short of boots on the ground. And earlier Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said they were working out details on possible U.S. steps that could include airstrikes on Sunni militants advancing through northern Iraq.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: Crossfire • Iraq • Rick Perry
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. lloyd roberts

    "When I see how fast this president wanted to get out of Iraq", really knucklehead. The American people wanted out after ten years and 1.3 TRILLION dollars spent. What did Bush & Co think would happen when they removed a Sunni dictator, from a majority Shia country. Didn't your fellow Texan understand the power vacuum that would be left and that the Shia would now control the country and hook up with their Iranian Shia brothers. PM Malaki lived in exile in Iran for twenty years. I'll tell you one thing, if Saddam was there today, do you think ISIS would dare be pulling this stunt. It's great to see who the true Americans are. Something terrible hits the country and the first response is, "how can we tie it to Obama and say it's his fault. Instead of in a crisis getting together like we used to do in this great country and work out a solution. Bush owns this one. I voted for Bush, but I guess because I live in NYC, I was quite sensitive to 9-11. I lost Bush when he diverted hunting Bin Laden in Afghanistan to take out Saddam. And a lot of military commanders felt the same way, but because the are professional officers in the greatest military the world has ever seen they stayed quiet and did what they were commanded. I said to anyone who would listen then, this is going to hurt us. Saddam was a bad man, but his country was one of the most stable in the middle east. Dumb move for 1.3 TRILLION

    June 18, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. lvg

    I doubt Rick Perry even knows who the Shiites, the Sunnis or the Kurds are and who is the prime minister of Iraq.

    June 18, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Brian Smith

    Yeah we should have made Iraq our 51st state – left an FBI office, CIA office, NSA office, maybe some military bases in key cities for command and control purposes, and then we could have set up an Americanized government to run things. That would have solved this problem back then.

    June 18, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. GODZILLA1

    Sorry Rick but you have all the intelligence of a turnip, and not as attractive either.

    June 18, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. joe d.

    rick perry what a joke , the fool from texas, can't even understand why the u.s. left iraq. Unreal this man should just stick to the backward useless state that he controls. and maybe if he ever becomes president (joke) he can recruit the great kids from texas to fight the next war the republicans can dream up !

    June 18, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. mikeinthevine

    This clown can't run his own state much less weigh in on international issues. Go away Perry, you're done here in Texas. Climb back under the rock you came from.

    June 18, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Dewayne

    Now you see why the republican party has no viable runner for president.

    June 18, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. 1alien1

    perry makes romney look smart

    June 18, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Gary Vey

    Well, at least it wasn't another Hillary Clinton story... jeez! But Perry will never be elected. Any politically wise person (or any non-Texan) knows that. His comments are moot. Why did CNN even interview him? Too bad that we have the same faces every election and there are no intellectuals who want the job... or is it that it really doesn't matter who is elected because the REAL decisions are made by corporate moguls who base their strategies on profits from the blood of our young men in the military.

    June 18, 2014 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    .......leave it to the commnderS in chief......

    ha ha ha ha ha - there is ONE Commander in Chief - President Obama.

    The glasses didn't make him any smarter. I would have asked him to name them all. ha ha ha ha

    June 18, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    #commanders in chief - that's what Perry said. ha ha ha ha ha

    June 18, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Fulanodetalhou

    Perry "Oopps" needs to just shut up.

    June 18, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. joe Smith

    I guess Perry doesn't realize that it wasn't our choice to leave in 2011. The Iraqis refused to sign a status of forces agreement that would have protected our soldiers. It was the Iraqis' choice, not ours.

    June 18, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Solo

    A father would do anything to have their son back. Even if that son was a deserter. Mr. Andrews, you are a liar...

    June 18, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And we care what Cowboy Fonzie thinks why??

    June 18, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Bren

    Perry is a gutter rat who hates women and the poor. He let's the poor people in Texas die. He has no business opening his trap about anything.

    June 18, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. S. B. Stein

    I guess that Perry isn't familiar with that fact that Maliki wouldn't sign a Status of Forces agreement. Obama said that if that wasn't around we'd leave. I wouldn't want to leave our forces in that bad kid of situation because they could have held on trumped up charges and subject to crazy laws that don't match our code of laws and justice.

    June 18, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. king

    where was Perry when Bush signed this agreement to get out of Iraq. where was the outrage from these same repubs. if they wanted our soldiers to be subjected to shariah law at any simple misdemeanor, when they should have sent their sons and daughter to stay in Iraq. do they think Iraq is a bunch of kids not to decide what is best for their country. they didn't want another country occupying their land so they kicked us out and their was nothing this president could have done to change George Bush's status agreement short of war. all these repubs who keep running around the corner screaming at everything this president does. this divides the country and weakens us in the eyes of countries around the world. the repubs to be blamed for all the caos thats happening around the world. because everyone know that a divided country has no power.

    June 18, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Hooper

    With this clowns track record for being 6.5 hairs removed from a baboon, why would any person ask his opinion on any matter or subject. It's completely useless.

    June 18, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. ja

    Why don't Perry govern Texas, I believe Obama is Prsident

    June 18, 2014 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. Len

    Dear Governor,
    Know the facts. Iraq did not want to sign the security agreement (needed to protect our troops) during the Bush Administration. They did not want to sign the agreement with President Obama. So we had a very easy decision, get out. We should stay out. This is a religious war. The Shites and Sunni's have hated each other for thousands of years.
    Regardless how you felt about Sadam , he keep the lid on his country. Ever since we made the terrible mistake to go into Iraq, extremist have been flooding into that region. We lost thousands of men and women because of Dick Cheney and President Bush.
    Know your history and stop watching Fox News.

    June 18, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. ghost

    What ever the POTUS decides to do is alright with me, as long as there are NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND.........

    June 18, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Rick Perry has one giant political machine , why is he the Best and the Brightest ?

    He was the only one who believed Enron was to big to fail .

    June 19, 2014 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  24. Dan

    bring back the draft. the wars will soon. no exceptions for the rich boys they have to go too

    June 19, 2014 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  25. Gyrgyl

    –let Iraqis deal. No more wars. No more looting.

    June 19, 2014 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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