Friday, October 21, 2011

Political expediency ahead of sound judgment?

Rick Perry
 Texas Governor Rick Perry thinks President Obama is employing bad judgment in his decision to bring home soldiers deployed in Iraq at the end of the year. Republicans are losing their minds, refusing to give the president credit for keeping his promise to wind down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. American are demanding that the President "end the wars!"  Republicans are saying back: "Not yet!"

Perry said in a press release: "I'm deeply concerned that President Obama is putting political expediency ahead of sound military and security judgment by announcing an end to troop level negotiations and a withdrawal from Iraq by year's end. The President was slow to engage the Iraqis and there's little evidence today's decision is based on advice from military commanders.

"America's commitment to the future of Iraq is important to U.S. national security interests and should not be influenced by politics. Despite the great achievements of the U.S. military and the Iraqi people, there remain real threats to our shared interests, especially from Iran.

“The United States must remain a firm and steadfast ally for Iraq, maintaining an ongoing diplomatic, economic, and military to military partnership with this emerging democratic ally in the Middle East. As a veteran and commander-in-chief of national guard forces, I cannot express enough appreciation for our military service members who have protected and defended American interests in Iraq. Our Iraq war veterans made enormous sacrifices to make our nation and world safer, and I know all Americans will welcome them home with great pride and appreciation.”

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