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Rick Perry Over His Head When Talking About Turkey

January 17, 2012

The most shocking moment from the Republican debate on Monday night happened when Rick Perry started to talk about Turkey.  There was clearly a fog that was going over the face of Perry as the question was directed to him.  Since Perry has no substantive foundation to fall back onto he jerked to the right and gave a reactionary comment that was breathtakingly stupid.

In nutshell (nut being the key word) Perry suggested Turkey is ruled by Islamic terrorists and questioned its NATO membership.  All over the world jaws were dropping.  Rick Perry’s campaign staffers had to have been ashen-faced.

“Obviously when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that type of activity against their own citizens, then … not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong to be in NATO but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it,” Mr. Perry said.

It should be noted that Turkey joined NATO when Perry was only two years old.    Over the past decade Turkey has been comfortably linked with the West in fighting terrorism.  To suggest otherwise is just underscoring the lack of gravitas that Perry has about foreign affairs.  Let us be honest about the matter, and note that Perry excels at nothing on the campaign trail, and has no policy item he is truly capable of addressing.

It was clear Perry was in over his head when the question was put to him.  Had he been more agile of a candidate Perry could have easily deflected it, and commented on some other topic.  That Perry was not able to either constructively answer the question, or nimbly react as a candidate was a national–no make that an international–embarrassment.

Rick Perry will slink off to Texas soon, and give up his futile attempt to get the GOP nomination.  Meanwhile Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan will remain politically popular in his country and preside over a very healthy and robust economy.    Perry might have suggested in his comments on Monday that the US could only hope for the economic growth that Turkey is now experiencing.

But to have been able to make such a statement would mean that Perry knew anything about the question that was asked of him.

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