Perry’s Substanceless Criticism of Obama on ISIS

Rick Perry went on Dana Loesch’s radio show and attempted to criticize President Obama’s actions to fight against ISIS in Iraq, but those criticisms were totally free of substance. They were just generic, vague rhetorical attacks without any specificity or any hint of how he might do things differently.

Loesch asked Perry to respond to the president’s comment that the U.S. doesn’t “yet have a complete strategy” for training Iraqi defense forces to fight ISIS “because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how the training takes place, so the details of that are not yet worked out.”

Perry said that he was “stunned” and claimed that the president, who is leading a coalition that has been hammering ISIS with airstrikes, has shown a “lack of engagement to stop ISIS.” This shows, he said, that the president of six years “has a hard time connecting the dots from time to time, of understanding,” due to his “lack of executive experience” and “a philosophical void when it comes to understanding what it takes to keep America safe.”

“I think that’s the reason ISIS has gone forward, I think that’s the reason Putin is standing there basically laughing at us as we have one lack of impact after another in the global world that we’re living in,” he said.

He went on to say that he would solve the problem with the use of his magical eyeglasses, prayer and….I forget the third one. Oops.

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  • blf

    Eh? I though Mr Obama was importing millions of daesh paramilitaries from Mexico and stashing them in the National Parks. For later use as FEMA camp guards.

    Sounds like a plan to me…

  • busterggi

    So where is the Republican’s plan for dealing with ISIS? The Prez submitted his to them months ago & they rejected it and then, as with the ACA, they proposed no alternative.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Republicans have a plan to deal with ISIS. It’s what Obama’s doing, but better, because it lacks Obama. And also we won’t put boots on the ground, unless we do, like Obama but, again, without Obama. But Obama’s obstructing this plan, tyrannically removing to step aside.

  • scienceavenger

    “… I think that’s the reason Putin is standing there basically laughing at us as we have one lack of impact after another in the global world that we’re living in,” he said.

    Putin, according to Perry and the rest of the rightwing war-everywhere brigade, would control all of Eastern Europe by now unless we got into a military spat with Russia. Well we didn’t, and he hasn’t, and you don’t get to just jump to the next idiotic analysis when your previous ones were so FOS. Who do you think you are, Paul Bremmer?

  • blf

    So where is the Republican’s plan for dealing with ISIS?

    It was superseded by events. The millions of Ebola cases south of the border all heading towards Nord Ameristan.

    Also, the dog ate it.

    Twice.

  • coragyps

    ” and stashing them in the National Parks”

    Now they’re all in closed WalMarts. With the bacon, ham, and Spam previously removed.

  • blf

    Now they’re all in closed WalMarts.

    I thought it was illegal to close a WalMart. In fact, I though it was illegal to have less then a dozen per square kilometre (well, Ok, this is in that place, square mile or something, and perhaps not more then ten to make the finger-counting easier…).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    coragyps “With the bacon, ham, and Spam”

    Also, the cartoon mascots of my breakfast cereal, Pig Krispies.

  • Michael Heath

    [Gov.] Perry said . . . that the president of six years “has a hard time connecting the dots from time to time, of understanding,” due to his “lack of executive experience” . . .

    The level of denialism continues to run very deep in the GOP. Here Mr. Perry reminds me of Sarah Palin and Rudy Guiliani. Both repeatedly claimed during the 2008 campaign that then-Sen. Barack Obama’s only career experience was as a community organizer. That of course was only one of many reality-denying whoppers we encountered during that campaign season.

  • cptdoom

    @modus #3 – that is literally the most accurate description of GOP thinking I’ve ever seen. It’s scary.

  • colnago80

    Actually, the only strategy that the Rethuglicans could employ that would differ significantly from what Obama is doing is to introduce US ground troops into the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Gee, that strategy was a real winner in Iraq under Dubya. Not.

  • StevoR

    So. How do the wise folks here think we should tackle Daesh? (IS-IL/S) – or not?

    I don’t know.

    What we are doing now sure isn’t working.

    Training and arming the sectarian, cowardly, pathetic Iraqi army? The Iraqi army have proven themselves to be essentially worse than useless running away and giving up their gear to the Daesh scum. If they are not willing to fight for their country and their (?) people then who will or should?

    But if Daesh take over and use it as a terrorist base in the region, if they expand how many lives will become living hells or be ended as a result and what will the consequences of that be?

    Do we pull out completely and thus let Daesh win and massacre and oppress and spread?

    Do we keep doing what we’ve been doing so far which – Kurds aside – just hasn’t worked? Keep doing same thing and hoping it’ll get different results when that defines well, y’all know what.

    Do we .. well, what???

    I don’t know. I really don’t. Seems a lose-lose for all but the Daesh scum almost regardless of whichever choices are made.

    Anyone got any bright ideas?

    One thing I do know is that I’d much rather have Obama in charge of deciding that what than Rick Perry – & I am a very fucking long way from being an Obama fan. But he does beat the alternative. As does Hillary Clinton who I’d rather were in charge than Obama.

    Not that I get a say in it anyway.

  • StevoR

    ^ For clarity, that’s :

    How do the wise folks here think we should tackle Daesh? (IS-IL/S) – or shall we not tackle them but effectively surrender to them instead?

    Hell of a region, hell of a choice. No good options only worse options and still worse options as I see it.

  • StevoR

    ^ PS. But also a lot of good and innocent people there who do deserve better and who didn’t create their circumstances and problems also .. gotta bear that in mind too I know. Can’t just nuke the place from orbit tempting as it may be because of those innocent women and kids.

  • StevoR

    One thing I will say for sure is that we should recognise Kurdistan and give it independence officially acknowledged at every level and perhaps even allow & support and enable it to take over the Kurdish parts of Turkey and Iran as well as Syria and Iraq as the de facto and long delayed reality Kurdish nation. They’ve earnt and deserve that.

    Won’t be popular with Turkey – but fuck ’em. They should’ve thought of that before they abandoned Kobane and we should tell em so. Plus remind them of the past history and that Armenian genocide they are guilty of well. I like the Turkish people and I think Kemal Attaturk was about the best and wisest leader the Islamic world came up with last century and a bloke who deserves huge respect – but yeah that.

    Won’t be popular with Iran or Syria either but make that triple or quintuple fuck ’em to those hellholes too! Syrai is effectively an ex-nation already (like Yugoslavia, hopefully like Indonesia* to come) and Iran are our enemies kinda mostly and by their choice not ours anyhow.

    Most of all though, the Kurdish people do have their historical land rights and have done everything right to deserve our support here. IMHON.

    I’m tempted to also add, hell with it, give Iran the Shia portion of Iraq -clearly that artificial nation wasn’t meant to be and isn’t going to hold together anyhow. So The Shia Iraqi places get incorporated into Iran or become an Iranian puppet state which ..yeah, far from ideal but not the worst of all outcomes just a really bad one.

    Which leaves the Sunni parts of that land and the bleeding, horrendous mess that’s left of Syria. That, well, fuck knows. Sure doesn’t look good now or into indefinite future.

    I do think Iraq and Syria as we used to know them are well and truly gone and international boundaries can be fluid and should shift to reflect reality and ideally the wishes of the people living, well, where ever.

    * No I don’t want Indonesia to go through the same carnage and hell that Yugoslavia / Bosnia/ Croatia /Serbia went through but it is a totally artificial and imperialist nation a.k.a. the Javanese empire that really shouldn’t exist and should be broken up into smaller parts just like the West Indies isn’t united one the East Indies old Dutch empire if many very different islands shouldn’t be one nation either nor does most of it really want to be – West Papua, Borneo and Aceh especially. My opinion and understanding natch again.

  • https://plus.google.com/107095827599382907783 NS Alito

    StevoR @12 “The Iraqi army have proven themselves to be essentially worse than useless running away and giving up their gear to the Daesh scum.”

    .

    AIUI, the commander turned and ran first, and his men freaked out and followed his example. A real Jubilation T. Cornpone. :(

  • colnago80

    Re NS Alito @ #16

    The only effective fighting forces opposing the ISIL in Iraq are the Peshmerga and some of the Shiite militias.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “…I think that’s the reason Putin is standing there basically laughing at us as we have one lack of impact after another in the global world that we’re living in,” he said.

    Yeah, Putin’s been laughing at us like that ever since the Republicans got our military bogged down in the Middle East, and dropped our previous strategic focus on Europe. (Note that Putin started messing around with Georgia back in 2008, before Obama got elected.)

  • JustaTech

    StevoR @13: Man, you’re not asking for much, are you? How about we build a time machine, go back and draw the maps like Lawrence of Arabia suggested, and not mess with the Shah/Iran? Because some days I honestly think that building a time machine and using it correctly/ethically would be simpler than finding a way out of the current mess.

    I’m not saying that anyone should give up. Absolutely not. There is too much of humanity at risk to just say “eh, to hell with that”. And it’s not like anything stays in one place anymore.

    I just have the feeling that a lot of civilians are going to die before anything gets solved. Or solved-ish.