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article imageOp-Ed: Rick Perry tells war vets we must take ‘the fight to the enemy’

By Lynn Herrmann     Aug 30, 2011 in Politics
San Antonio - Speaking as the governor of Texas on Monday at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Rick Perry said the US must take “the fight to the enemy”, before we are attacked at home, sounding eerily like his predecessor, George Junior.
Invited to speak at the 112th National Convention of the VFW, held in San Antonio this week, Perry accepted the invitation as the state’s governor, before announcing his decision to take his statewide prayer campaign to the national level, yet his speech exceeded those bounds, as he began beating the US war drum just days into his presidential bid.
“As the tenth anniversary of the attacks of 9-11 approaches, we must renew our commitment to taking the fight to the enemy, wherever they are, before they strike at home,” Perry told his audience on Monday.
Noting American blood should only be shed “when our vital interests are threatened,” he said that, while the building of coalitions is necessary, we should prepare to strike the enemy whenever we choose.
“At the same time, we must be willing to act when it is time to act. We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multi-lateral debating societies,” the governor of Texas continued.
America’s voters should be paying close attention to this speech, as it defines this blowhard’s ambitions. While they are busy taking notice, it would behoove them to remember some of Junior’s comments in televised presidential debates back in 2000, basically telling everyone we would be going to war with Iraq.
Although the national press, seemingly, is putting Perry under a microscope - deservedly so, especially since his threats against Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve - there is little doubt the Perry momentum machine will overcome such a minor irritant as soon as the oil petroleum industry chooses him as the country’s next salvation.
Hinting at the next budget increase for the Pentagon, when he becomes president, Perry continued with his Monday sermon: “That's why, when we send them to war, we must give them every weapon and every resource to help them succeed.”
Showing the blatant hypocrisy which is America’s military-industrial complex, Perry said: “It pains me to see young men and women come home scarred, feeling isolated and unable to cope with what they have experienced.”
Instead of talking about peace and working together in a global community, Perry has chosen instead to manipulate his audience, at the expense of wounded military personnel.
As if the last 11 years of US political history weren’t enough, we can now add a new name to the country’s long list of political shams.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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