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BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney & Perry go after Obama on national security
August 30th, 2011
03:08 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Romney & Perry go after Obama on national security

BY CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - The economy will be issue No. 1 in the presidential contest. But national security will be important, as well, and we just got a preview of the political debate that will unfold between President Obama and his Republican challenger – whoever that will be.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner for the GOP nomination according to our latest CNN-ORC International poll, didn’t mention Obama by name, but his target was clear when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Monday in San Antonio, Texas.

“We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies,” Perry said in an apparent reference to Obama’s efforts to win U.N. Security Council support for NATO-led military action against Moammar Gadhafi in Libya. “And when our interests are threatened, American soldiers should be led by American commanders.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney went one step further, mincing no words in directly blasting the president Tuesday before the same audience.

“Have we ever had a president who was so eager to address the world with an apology on his lips and doubt in his heart,” Romney asked. “He seems truly confused not only about America’s past but our future.”

Obama skipped the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention to address the American Legion national convention in Minneapolis.

He took the high road in avoiding any reference to his possible Republican challengers, clearly avoiding any political shots. But he did have one response that he will certainly use often on the campaign trail.

“A few months ago,” he said, “our troops achieved our greatest victory yet in the fight against those who attacked us on 9/11, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, in one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in American history.”

And if long-time U.S. nemesis Gadhafi is captured or killed on his watch, the president will certainly have another response to his Republican opponents.

The national security debate is just getting started.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Barack Obama • Mitt Romney • National security • Rick Perry • Wolf Blitzer
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  1. Josh

    He said he would take out Bin Laden and he did. He stated that his goal was to get rid of a man who has killed Americans in numerous attacks that he financed, and he semmingly has. He may not be perfect, but I don't see any republicans offering anything other than the same old rhetoric. I'll take substance over grand standing any day.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  2. JazzSax_UT

    What a bunch of blowhards! Hey Romney, who got Osama? Who ordered the cap on the pirates? Worthless GOP candidates.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  3. Dagger

    It's with much irony to see Perry accusing the President participating in "debate societies", that's exactly what he and the Repugs are doing. While the President has delivered on one security objective after another, Perry and these Repugs want to find all possible "theoretical" and ideological flaws and keep debating.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  4. left Coast

    Oh great, just what we need, another George Walker Bush clone who'll run around the world shooting first and thinking later. Odd how the current Republican Party forgets that George Herbert Walker Bush formed a coalition when he went to war and he was proclaimed a great leader. But when Obama formed one, he is thought to be this close to treason. Guess only Republicans can be President.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  5. Bean

    These GOP candidates are a bunch of idiots!
    Sure – Lets go and fight a third war why don't we.
    Europeans powers need to take a greater role on security issues in their backyard.
    The US can't be the world's policemen. Obama got it right by letting the Europeans take the lead on Libya!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Good4U

      WHAT IS WAR? All the peace keeping Missions

      Same thing War and Peace Keeping missions WHEN AMERERICAN PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  6. Geof

    Gaddahfi overturned (and we're on the right side); Iraq winding down; bin Ladin killed; drone strikes up; surge in Afghanistan – a better war leader than President Bush ever was.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  7. John J. Puccio

    I guess these hapless would-be's forget it was Obama's resolve that got us out of Iraq, killed Bin Laden, succeeded in ousting Gadhafy, and is getting us out of Afghanistan. Not to mention restoring America's prestige around the world after Bush pretty much bashed it to pieces. Actions speak louder than GOP candidates' empty, meaningless hate.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  8. JakeF

    Seriously? Did I miss the attack on American soil since Obama has been president?

    Oh, wait, it was G.W.'s policies that hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden, or toppled Ghaddafi.

    I'm not sure what these guys are on, but a little dose of reality might be in store for them.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  9. Bob

    Let's see, a GOP president let Osama Bin Laden attack the WTC because he was too busy playing golf to read the memos on his desk about Saudi nationals taking jet flying lessons (leaving off the takeoff and landing parts). Then he let OBL slip through American lines (by telling troops to stand down) so he could justify a revenge war on Hussein ("He tried to kill my daddy!") which led to hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians being killed (in ethnic cleansing) along with thousands of U.S. troops. Not to mention the couple trillion wasted on the war (much of which went into the pocket of the Vice President's former military contractor). The world went from pro-US after 9/11 to sharply anti-US after the Bush occupation of the Middle East and Al Qaeda's ranks swelled a hundred-fold as a result. Meanwhile President Obama caught OBL, kept us out of two Middle East Wars which toppled two long-standing dictators for the cost of about a billion dollars. Who does a better job at national security again?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  10. Facepalm28

    Why are the Republicans even bringing this up? National security is the one area where Obama's presidency has been an inarguable success. Bin Laden is dead, as is another of al-Qaeda's top leaders, Atiya Abdul Rahman. Gaddhafi, the man largely respobsible for the most infamous terrorist attack prior to 9-11 (the Lockerbie bombing), has been forced out of power in what could go down as the most successful and cost-effective military intervention in U.S. history (yes, there's a long way to go before that point, but right now it certainly looks like it). If the Republicans want to make the next election about national security, it's 4 more years of C-in-C Obama for sure.

    And it might do the historically challenged Republican candidates some good to look back and note the one thing all of our most successful wars had in common: strong alliances with other nations. Working to gain approval from the international community is not a sign of weakness; it is exactly what needs to be done to show that our military actions are more than just "U.S. knows best" arrogance.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  11. Lucky13

    I guess neither one of these guys heard the phrase "speak softly and carry a big stick". Too much hot air from these two, which conjures up images of our last president who drove us into two wars and our country into what can only be described as the brink of bankruptcy using the same rhetoric. We need to protect our interests, which include our image, something I'm afraid these two would fail miserably at. We have a long way to go, but going backwards won't help.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  12. mikle

    Obama naive. Where is change?, It's worse than before. If Obama good person he must say sorry and get out of presidency. He don't now what to do and it show.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Andrew

      do you even have a brain?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • anthony78

      American education on full display here. (sad)

      August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • lsgyrl


      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • glddraco

      Tell that to Osama Bin Ladin... Oh right he's dead. Tell that too all the Al-Queda number 2's oh right it seems like they are getting offed left and right. Hmmm maybe those Somali pirates? Oh yeah sniper fire did them in. Hmm... Yep he's a real weak president.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  13. DDXS

    Your choice for President is now
    A) Community Organizer
    B) Televangelist
    C) Corporate Rader

    August 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Walken

      You seem to forget constitutional law professor, civil rights attorney, state representative and US Senator in your first description. Kind of lazy to gloss over the credentials...

      August 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • David Haug

      You mean:
      1 )PRESIDENT and Osama slayer
      2) Any various religious nutjob who gets the GOP nomination.
      3)Romney, who is always running for office, but has only won once, and let rather than having the voters boot him out of office.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • bb

      ummm...I'll pick the current President of the United States.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  14. Grundoon

    Hmmm . . . We haven't been attacked on our shore, Osama is dead after GW taking his eyes off the prize, Gadhafi is gone thanks to the coallition the POTUS set up adn quickly, unlike Iraq/Afghn. Boy! Those are pretty significan't security disasters right there and pale in comparission to Missino Accomplished, NOT!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  15. gNOp

    Yeah, attack our president on security when we havent had one successful attack on our soil since he became president. Can't say that for security-expert George W Bush. Obama killed bin Laden, has ousted Gadhaffi in the only SUCCESSFUL campaign the US has led since Bosnia, and still gets criticized by these absolute tools. Whatever GOP you lost your cred a long time ago.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  16. Chad

    These guys are insane!!! Why would you criticize the most important and successful approach to foreign policy since WWII? Did they forget that unilateralism has gotten us to where we are today with Iraq and Afghanistan? Dangerous morons!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  17. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    “We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies,” Perry said
    And just whom does this "moral authority" come from, their god or ours?
    .Romney asked. “He seems truly confused not only about America’s past but our future.”
    Is your future for America more wars Mitt?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  18. The Hawk

    Hey, Blitz. You neglected to mention that if Owebama's policies had been in place we'd have never obtained the necessary info to kill bin Laden. I'm sure that will come out in future debates, too.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • tor5

      Is “The Hawk” a pseudonym for Dick Cheney? Nice try, Dick, but you know this argument was debunked a long time ago.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Andrew

      How exactly are they not Obama's policies? Using intelligence and covert ops? He did exactly what he said he would do. Fool.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • CanYouBackThatUpWithFacts?

      You can also argue that if Bush WOULD'VE read the 911 reports and actually acted on it.. we might have avoided this mess entirely. Obama did what a RESPONSIBLE President would do, and thats green light the appropriate action, not start an entirely different war with an entirely different country over phantom WMDs and daddy's unsettled scores.

      But then again.. if my aunt had a pen!s, she'd be my uncle.
      Try again.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  19. SCOTT

    A Texas republican warning of military adventurism....well.....isnt that special.(and no cnn i have never said this it)

    August 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  20. Benjamin Bush

    Mr. Blizzer

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    This looks like it could be the answer to the USA 's budget problems!!!!!!!

    I hope you all read it to the end.

    The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

    Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

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    Congressional Reform Act of 2011
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    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

    If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

    You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  21. SCOTT

    A Texas republican warning of military adventurism....well.....isnt that special.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  22. chet

    Has America gone so trailer park that it is willing to elect another half wit governor from Texas? The last one was so gutless he didn't dodge the Vietnam draft, he went AWOL from his National Guard unit in the States. Apparently if you embrace Jesus, it doesn't matter how friggin' stupid you are. Comedy gold!!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • Walken

      Unfortunately, in our fast food, Facebook, 24-hour news cycle, people seem to forget anything that happened longer than a month ago.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Good4U

      Can you prove any thing you just wrote?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  23. Mike

    What do you get when you bring two idiots to the same place? Incompetence and stupidy, ingnorance and arrogance. Libya is going through a regime change that will enhance our and the worlds security and it was done WITHOUTANY OF OUR TROOPS on the ground. Just think how different things would be now if this had been done in Iraq. We would have saved alot of our soldiers lives and money with better results. These Republicans want to starve and and financially bankrupt the American middle class and still be the worlds savior on the backs of that same middle class. With that you can be damned sure it won't be their children dying in wars they get us in.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  24. wendy5

    1. his own relatives are here illegally; what security; so his relatives can come illegally and we have to settle for a police state because the bad people may come in illegally ;what a joke; and if he knew this man was here and incouraged him to stay and wasted our tax dollors ect ect dealing with this man he should be impeached in fact at election time there was another episode of another illegal relative so this isnt the 1st case ; he just showed his arrogance to the constitution to the judical system to the american people; WHAT A JOKE THIS MAN I AM EMBARRASSED TO SAY I VOTED FOR HAS TURNED OUT TO BE SO TOTALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIM

    August 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  25. easternmind

    When will republican voters realize that republican policies will further drive America into a dystopia? Learn from China and follow suit. Do not waste valuable resources on meddling in other nations affairs, and focus on domestic growth. Imperial overstretch only spells doom for any nation naive enough to partake in it.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  26. Dave

    Obama taking the high road is like the cow jumping over the moon, a total fabrication and fairy tail.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • show me the facts

      How so? Expand on you opinion (with facts) please.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • jalenDUI

      The blacks feel like they got duped. Even Maxine Waters is blasting him for the black unemployment rate which is some states 16%!!!! It ain't gonna change either. How can it when your resume reads....breaking and entering....carrying an unlicensed gun....assault with a deadly weapon....robbery....10 stolen car convictions?
      Potential employer: NEXT!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • lsgyrl


      August 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  27. obandon

    I love the way it is so easy to critize when your not in charge!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  28. Dread

    Obama shot down Somali pirates, had Bin Laden killed, had numerous other Al Qaeda killed, upped the drone attacks more than any other president. So these nut jobs are trying to criticize the President ?!? The Nerve!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  29. Scotty G

    Obama should just throw in the towel – he lied more then anyman before him to get to the white house!
    1. Unity – nope 2. Transparentcy – nope 3.Did The Stimulus keep unemployment under 8% – nope 4. The troops wil be home by summer of 2011 -nope 5. I'll close gitmo – nope 6. No lobbyist on his staff – there is 7. He said over 30 times that he wouldn't support a mandate in 2008 = us having one now! 8.The making home affordable will help 5-6ML homeowners keep their home – while at a cost of 1.2TR, as of May had only hepled 563k or 2.1ML $ per loan mod!
    8. He'll make America stronger – the dollar keeps losing value – causing higher gas and food prices
    9. He backs no child – booooo!!! 10. He was against the patriot act – now he just extended it!

    Overall Obama has made this worse and the two best things he's done are – 1. Prove Americans will vote for whom they think is the best person for the Job regardless of race or name and osama!

    The white house is against Medical weed – c'mon


    August 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  30. Beverly NC

    That's a laugh! Where have these two idiots been for the past 3 years? President Obama has shown incredible strength, leadership and success in foreign policy, national security, and restoring dilplomatic relations Bush destroyed lying to our Allies.
    All Republicans want is WAR because their contractor buddies make tons of money from our Defense Dept contracts. McCain and Lindsey Graham are still made we did not invade Libya – even though they were proven to be totally wrong. President Obama led a joint effort with Britain, France, Italy and even the Arab League in bringing down 3 Arab dictators in less than 6 MONTHS, with NOT ONE U.S. SOLDIER in harm's way, and a shared cost that kept our spending to a minimum AND these Arab nations are GRATEFUL and PRAISING America and President Obama for helping them win their freedom.
    Republicans are such losers. Not a real leader among them. All they know how to do is LIE, CRITICIZE, offer NO solutions, NO jobs, and whine about every success President Obama has. It's really old, petty, and childish of them. They need to be taken out of office so the Democrats can implement the job creation and economic recovery solutions Republicans have intentionally obstructed for 2 years. They are clueless to the issues facing America and we need out of the way so America can move forward.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  31. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I will take the death of Bin Ladin, the removal of Mubarak without boots on the ground, the removal of Gadahfi without boots on the ground. Romney has not a a Texan....I won't even start of Perry....I can even ride a horse and a bull better than he can...I AM A GIRL

    August 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  32. SmallMindedTeaPartier

    Perry, NO boots on the ground was the sound policy in Libya. It is not a direct threat to our interests. We got suckered in by Europeans eager to grab their oil. We did the right thing.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  33. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    Good old USA ~ it is the only place where these to men? can get an audience.
    If my main concern was the destruction of the USA I would vote for bachmann, if it was the destruction of thw world I would vote for Parry.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  34. SmallMindedTeaPartier

    Perry and Romney need to ask how we lost 30BILLION in two wars.. Almost all of it except 2,.5 years happened under BUSH. Nearly 4 tillion in costs while cutting taxes for the top tiers. How did that work out for you Romney and Perry?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  35. ps

    More high level Al Qaeda operatives have been elliminated on Obama's watch than Bush's and more border patrols have been delpoyed on Obama's watch – that is kick-ass security.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  36. Curtis

    I've been a CNN fan for 20 years now but I must say I'm completely disappointed by your report (and any other correspondent) who reports on the President's "half-uncle" DUI charge. As long as George Bush was in office you and others in your profession never reported on the many issues the Bush family has.This is another attempt to push the President under the bus. He has no control over his relative no more than you or I do over ours. You're guys are making your self look like a bunch of prejudice fools. Half-uncle? Really?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  37. wendy5

    his own relatives are here illegally; what security; so his relatives can come illegally and we have to settle for a police state because the bad people may come in illegally ;what a joke; and if he knew this man was here and incouraged him to stay and wasted our tax dollors ect ect dealing with this man he should be impeached in fact at election time there was another episode of another illegal relative so this isnt the 1st case ; he just showed his arrogance to the constitution to the judical system to the american people; WHAT A JOKE THIS MAN I AM EMBARRASSED TO SAY I VOTED FOR HAS TURNED OUT TO BE SO TOTALLY DISGUSTED WITH HIM

    August 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  38. Ron

    Perry and Romney are jokes, Obama in 2012

    August 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  39. Mark

    Seriously Wolf, Obama takes out Bin Laden, rids the earth of their supposed no. 2 man in Al Queda, Qadaffi is soon to be history and you lead with a story from two political hacks questioning his resolve on National Security. Wolf you should be leading the parade for Obama, you are such a tool, yes I meant tool.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  40. Captain Superman

    I think that so far Obama has all the reason in the world to state that on foreign policy he has done his job. Osama is dead. End of discussion

    August 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  41. dwt

    Let's just get used to it. The Republicans will not like anything about Obama, never have, and we'll just see how many Americans are convinced in Nov. 2012. (Seriously, is someone wishing we'd put in a ground offensive in Libya, and told allies that they should sit back and watch? Had Obama done that, we'd be hearing about his reckless squandering of USA resources in a time of budgetary trouble. It's all such BS.)

    August 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  42. Lib

    Good for you Mr. President, don't let them pull you down into the muck. For once in a long time, this country is led by a person of dignity and class. This country is a lot safer under your intelligent and careful watch. The economy will come around but then, it is not up to the president to create jobs. It is up to every party!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  43. Republicans

    These guys will say anything to be elected. But Obama got OBL. He has saved US troops by using drones. The republicans destroyed the economy with their careless lack of regulations. So the demos got my vote for now.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  44. jon

    Yeah, let's elect another Republican president so they can (once again) rip us a new one.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  45. max

    I thought these guys were supposed to be "good looking" but I can't help looking at their leathery skin...ugh!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  46. Al

    You mean killing Gadhafi would be a feather in Obama's hat? Where's your outrage over Obama's starting of the Libya campaign without so much as a single debate in the US Senate on the use of US forces in that war? I can't credit him with this, (if it were to happen)....

    Killing Gadhafi would be illegal according to Senator Obama and so is his us of US forces in this war. Funny how things change..

    August 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  47. Marge

    Boy these two, Perry and Romney have done so so much to protect us haven't they. Perry wants to secede from the very United States of America that he know says he wants to defend. Which side of his mouth is this coming from seems like he has two. And Romney boy Mr. Wimp in the box he sure will be agressive in protecting us also. Two done nothing and no nothings prancing around like they are somebody.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  48. Adam_in_Mass

    Sounds like Mitt and Perry would have used the "Go at it alone" approach to Libya, based upon their Monday Morning Quarter Backing. It seems like the multilateral force approach that Obama took, pretty much did the job. And didn't over commit us.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  49. ScottyD

    Perry and Romney, or Rerry and Pomney are out of touch, and CNN is not repsonsible for calling this a "hit" on national security. President Obama lead the removal of Bin Laden, and secured the fall of a Dicator in Libya with strong American support but without having to put boots on the ground. When was the last time we saw a Republican be so deciisive, successful and correct? Kinda been a while, don't you think? We are still dealing with extremely hurtful Republican security policies from years gone by....we don't want to go back to those.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  50. BobZemko

    To Romney and Perry: Under whose administration did the 9/11 attacks happen?

    Romney and Perry behind closed doors: "WAHHH!!!! Obama got bin Laden. WAHHHHH !!!!"

    August 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  51. Marge Wein

    Why make a big deal out of Obama's uncle's arrest. How many drunk drivers are picked up every day.? If you focus on every politician's family you would have a full life of nonsense.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  52. Bub

    Just exactly what is a country's "moral authority"?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  53. Daveil

    Wolf, does it make you wonder that nobody bothers to comment on your inane posts?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  54. John

    Our President should have gave the 1 billion dollars to Fema to help those on the east coast and let the Libyan's fight there own war. Our President should have brought all our troops home and put them on our southern border as well as put them to work on our roads and bridges.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  55. CPW

    Didnt Perry wnat to secede from the United States? I wont listen to a word he has to say.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  56. GT

    Just like two vigilante cowboys full of self-righteous swagger who want to go in with guns a blazin' rather than first attempt a meaningful dialogue with other world players.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  57. Dave

    Republicans proved beyond question that a cohesive strategy which is WRONG doesn't help the nation, particularly when implemented by false patriot xenophobes. These candidates are attacking with rhetoric because their records can't stand up to Obama's on national defense matters. So they won't even bother trying.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  58. neverland911

    Obama can't even protect us from his illegal relatives living in this country.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  59. Femi Folorunsho

    Perry is over-rated. he has nothing on Barrack. Hello Mr. Perry, running the United States of America is not like running the state of Texas. Welcome to the NFL partner.
    Dr. Femi Folorunsho
    New Book coming out in September, 2011 called: War Against the Devil.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  60. Jeff

    You can hit Obama on alot of things, but security is not one of them. Drawdown in Iraq, Osama bin Laden, decisions regarding Libya, taking out the pirates. Afghanistan is probably the only real target.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  61. Corey

    Romney and Perry are just a couple of blowhard, lying, say anything to get elected jacka**es

    August 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  62. CaliforniaBC

    1st Romney's claim has been found to be false on Politifact

    And 2nd...these two have no room to criticize Obama on national security. NONE! He's kicked butt since he took office and if there is one area there's no call to criticize it's national security.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  63. casper

    these two are the best and brightest leaders the Nazi's have?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Michael

    Romney and Perry. More liars. Not a bit of truth to anything they are quoted as saying in this piece. Romney and Perry: Disgusting and Pathetic.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  65. QuietStormX

    Now really who are these old white men? They must not have watched CNN or read the news of What President Obama has done and why. I'm tired of these white news men and women giving them credit anyway. Instead of talking about it what has any of them done but talk about going it alone at any expence ( raq). And the others are just talk and don't know what they are talking about. Barack Obama, President tough on National Security.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  66. Hmmm...

    Oh, yeah, he sure seemed doubtful & apologetic when giving the shoot-to-kill orders to get bin Laden. Osama is dead and Moammar is hanging on by his toenails. The GOP needs to call up somebody from the Clinton campaign and see if there are any of those "It's the economy, stupid" signs left around. Foreign policy ain't gonna work with the swing voters who decide elections from the middle.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  67. Ash

    Do these idiots even know what they are saying when on the campagin trail? We should watch out for multilateralism? So they want us to go back to being the world police, paying for everything, sacrificing our lives only for the world problems?? Are they nuts?? I am no big Obama fan, but I have to say he got it right in this dept...involving the UN and saying we are not going to do this alone in Libya, killing Bin Laden after the trail went cold for years....hey idiot Romney, sometimes it's better to apporach people with sanity and rationality rather than American moght actually get other nations to respect and cooperate with you. We do NOT need a return to simple minded, buffoonery and cowboy diplomacy from these idiots. I am an ashamed Republican right now....we have no good candidate other than Ron Paul and even he is a little radical as well. What has happened to my party? We are not all lunatics and numbskulls...some of us Republicans are centrist conservatives with tolerant social views. Why are we being hijacked by these morons? If we want to beat Obama, we HAVE to get serious and put forth a candidate that has some semblance of reality in their views. So far Huntsman is the only one, but he will never win. Have we all just gone to the loony bin? Maybe I should just declare myself independent and move on...

    August 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  68. Paul

    Yada Yada ... the reality is that Obama is not only a very strong President who knows how to get the enemy (Bin Laden is dead, .. where was the GOP during the 8 years of Bush admin??), he also is smart enough to figure a way to fight a war that cost little to the US, that it is supported by the entire world, get zero US causalities and achieve victory faster than any war ever lead by a GOP President in the last 60 years.
    Here is where the problem the GOP has: Obama's successes (Bin Laden and Libya etc ) is taking away the only argument the GOP thought it had against Obama. The economy is not a valid argument, even the biggest tea bagger moron knows the GOP was at the helm when the economy went bust and if it wasn't for Obama's economical measures, we'd have a 25% GOP sanctioned unemployment rate.

    Suck it GOP, you are being showed off the history books, once and for all.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  69. DELOS

    This nut couldn't reason his way out of a condom if you cut the tip off, but like they say you can't turn s@@t to shinola.
    unless you selling it to fool's and at this point in the game there seem tobe one born every minute.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  70. BossDaley

    Boy they'll just flush any old rhetoric down the toilet and you loyal neo-cons will be waiting at the other end with your mouths open.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  71. Oh Hell Naw Foo

    I hope they go there on this topic. I can't wait to have a good laugh after hearing these two schumcks get demolished. Osama dead! Ghadafi ousted! Iraq standing on it's own two feet! Do I really need to say more? Let the clowning begin! Obama 2012!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  72. Otto (New York)

    Has Perry and Romney complained that Bush, his friends at Haliburtan and all his merry men; took (8) eight years and did not get Osama?

    This guys are full of hot air and have not done one thing positive for anyone but themselves. According to Perry, we can cut all programs except his Godly military budget; as long as his friends reap the spoils like Bush and Cheney did. Good job Brownie!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  73. batman

    Perry and Romney can talk all they want....President Obama has done more for security of this nation in the past 2 years than they want to admit to it bc thats how POLITICS work they can be critical when this man is providing security for their sorry asses also...and Rick Perry WOW (this guy doesnt have a clue and is the biggest hipocrite of them all)...Lets just see what REALLY happens when either one of them has to DEBATE this President on Homeland Security or anything else next year and see where the DIFFERENCE will be....

    August 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Fifi

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      May 21, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  74. Luis Vazquez

    Foreign Policy is not the issue, the issue is the ECONOMY STUPID!!! where are the JOBS!!!!! JOBS!!!! JOBS!!!! Obama is a FAILURE!! Cant wait for a new president come Nov 2012!! Yes we can take our country back.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  75. Michael

    That cowboy clown Perry needs to be sent packing back to Texas asap.–and, by all means, he should do us all a favor and make good on his threat to secede from the union. If he doesn't do that, we should pay Mexico to take back the state that we stole from them in the first place.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  76. dreucalypt

    Does Romney just say this kind of thing so somebody will write a story about it? Obama has had terrific success strengthening America and safeguarding it. Who does Romney think he's fooling?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  77. mrrationalhbg

    National Security? Really? Obama brought us Osama. I think they should stick to jobs.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  78. Ken from FL

    Qaddafi's capture or death will have zero effect upon Obama's popularity, Wolf. Sorry. You missed the boat on that one.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  79. ky

    You've GOT to be kidding... What a low blow on the part of Romney – and I give up commenting on Perry; he's indefensible. But Romney should know better – he's supposed to be smarter.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  80. Dan M

    Yes, because under President Bush, we launched 2 unwinnable wars, and were attacked on 9/11. Under Obama, we have killed the top several members of Al-Qaeda, we haven't been attacked on our own soil, we are withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, and we won – without even putting troops on the ground in Libya. It certainly sounds like Obama is inept at social security.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  81. J-NW

    And.. neither of these idiots, and undoubtedly a majority of those who'll vote for one or the other, apparently remembers the Bush/Cheney debacle. Unilaterialism is why we spent trillions in Iraq (instead of getting real help from real allies). What century do they think we're in. Perry says we should be aggressive with Libya and the other Arab nations.. so he thinks we can handle it all on our own. What a despicable fool.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  82. Nathan

    Obama was in charge when Osama was killed so security really wan't be an issue for Obama this campaign. You can pretend all you want that Bush set it up for him but if you credit Bush with Osama's kill then it makes it valid to credit Bush with the current state of the economy. You can't say 'It's been enough years that Obama owns the state of the economy' while saying out of the other side of your mouth "We are not enough removed from the Bush administration that Obama deserves credit for getting Osama".

    August 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  83. Tommy

    I don't get it, President Obama is taking credit for giving the order for the SEALS to capture or kill Bin Laden? Please someone explain what President would not give that order? Was it President Obama in the helicopter flying into Pakistan, was he the one on the ground in the compound, or was he the one who fired the fatal shot? Give credit to where credit is due, those brave men who did what they were supposed to do! As far as Kadafi, the rebels are the ones doing the job, with the help from NATO, most notably France and the British, not the US!

    August 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  84. NATSAT

    These frontrunners for the GOP nomination are blowhards who offer nothing in the way of experience (before the haters say Obama did not either, he served in the Senate and voted on foreign policy issues) and who clearly have nothing positive to offer in terms of solutions to the Global society we live in. Truth be told, we are much safer now then under President Bush and Trickey Dickey Cheney because our actions match our words and we are not the big bully on the block who people want to gang up on. We have gained back the respect of many nations, and we have done this by respecting the sovereignty and national security interests of other nations, without violations our own.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  85. augustwashington

    Like Blackwater?

    August 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  86. Jess C

    No mention of the #2 Al Queda dude that was picked off last week? What in the heck are these two talking about? They think the "cowboy up" way worked better for us? What a joke! Give me a president that thinks first and does the right thing.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  87. J-NW

    Back in the 70's I used to tell my conservative, religious, GOP loyalist father, that if Jesus Christ visited our planet in the present day, his party would surely crucify him as a socialist hippie. No matter what any president does, if they aren't owned by those seeking deregulation and tax loopholes, they will be crucified (by FOX news, Rush Limbaugh etc). Current hired guns of big business and old money, these presidential hopefuls. Now if only the cerebrally challenged voters could distinguish truth from fiction... but I guess that anybody who believes Noah build an ark in order to save 2 of every animal (don't forget the microbes) because God was dissatisfied with his first effort and decided to drown the planet (thanks oh merciful lord)... these voters are ripe for the rhetoric spewed from the GOP contenders. God help us all (who ever you are).

    August 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  88. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These "on the sideline quarterbacks", Perry and Romney, attempting to erase the facts but the facts speak for themselves. They sound totally stupid and they have nothing to backup what they are talking about. Perry still believes in Bush's "go it along strategy" , he hasn't learned anything and is surely not fit to lead.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  89. Doctor Strangelove

    Obama killed Osama. Politically speaking, at least.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  90. Thom Richer

    How arrogantly absurd of both of them. Obama IS dealing with national security. When have they? What the hell do they know about it that Obama doesn't? Just because a person runs for president doesn't give them the right to say things that are exaggerations or just plain dishonest. Doing so only shows their profound lack of character and trustworthiness. Anyone who will do and say anything to gain the office of the presidency, Congress or any public office, is certainly not worthy of one's vote. These two are base to say the least.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  91. Bill Brooker

    Really?? You're going after the President on national security under whose term has seen the end of Bin Laden, the latest #2 Al Qaeda, the (likely) fall of Gadaffi, and several thwarted terrorist plots. Not that there was any doubt, but yet another reason I'm very comfortable voting for Obama in 2012. These republican candidates clearly have no personal integrity.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  92. Matt

    Republicans really have no legitimate critique of Obama's foreign policy. His approach to foreign policy and national security has accomplished more in the "war on terror" in 3 years than his predecessor did in 8. They should really stick to the economy, because that is the Administration's only weakness.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  93. Silencer7017

    Are these two stupid? Really they woudl perfer to go into war? if anything go into war by ourselves? The lybia conflct had no americans lost. If you remeber correctly the last two wars were started by a Texas Republican in which Obama is trying to end.
    these two Yahoos are just warmongers... Obama is trying to be humble and cooperative with other people of this planet. You two are trying to start crap with other countries with you warmongering words,

    August 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  94. Aaron

    No terror attacks on U.S. soil and bin Laden killed during Obama's presidency. Neither can be said of 8 years of Bush, but these 2 Repub clowns would never mention that in their hourly attacks on Obama.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  95. Thomas

    One of these fools will be president , the other fool vice president .

    Love the enemy of my enemy !

    Sad these two have nothing good , nor new to say !
    Perry talks the same as GW Bust , saying we are not the worlds police force, using different words. And Romney wants to be a hawk , however none of his five sones did any military service .

    August 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  96. dan in albuquerque

    Obama is the best Commander in Chief since Eisenhower. No American loss of life, minimum cost and a dictator deposed. Bin Laden asnd many terrorist leaders killed! It's just too much for the blowhards to stomach. What wimpy. nothing arguments by sore losers.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  97. Doyle Wiley, MI

    This is too ignorant to be considered NEWS.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  98. Donna Bedingfield

    MORAL AUTHORITY of our government? I'm sorry Rick Perry – you and your party have lost all moral authority in my book. And you, Mitt Romney? I take PRIDE in our current president who finally has the GUTS to apologize for mistakes that our country DID do. It takes quite a remarkable person to admit to wrongs, actually apologize for them, mend broken bridges, and to move forward from there. I had a lot of "doubt in my heart" for our government and our country and the path we were headed down UNTIL President Obama took office. I take my hat off to him and to those who support him. YOU, Perry, Romney, Palin, Bush (and 'old what's his name VP), etc. are what has brought our great country down to its lowest. We needed and still need Obama to correct the wrongs that have been done and to do it in a respectful manner not only to the rest of the world, but to our own people living in this country who have been raped so long by Wall Street, Banks, Credit Card Companies, student loan companies, etc. You don't work FOR the people, take your "politician careers" and head down the road.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  99. ArtInChicago

    These guys are clown wipes. If you critique the President on anything, it's not national security. We belonged to alliances well before Obama became president. Time we stopped the "we're #1" montra and "going it alone" largesse.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  100. George

    Comparing Perry to another Republican of note, such as Eisenhower, makes one realize how far down a Republican Party's runner can go. Quality just isn't the same as it used to be.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • purnellmeagrejr

      Agreed, the don't make Republicans like Ike anymore.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
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