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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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Trudy Harteg

    None of this Idiots going to fix anything .Perry will steal this Country blind like he done in not believe anything
    he says .he is a Liar an a Thief

    September 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  2. GLENN

    they have ruined the country Republician suck

    September 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  3. Thomas

    @ DianeD ,
    you might be right.
    However if it was Bush , Perry or any other Neocon , they would have blown up the whole town to kill one man !
    And Bush couldn't find OBL , he couldn't find WMDs , he did find out our economy was in bad shape .just before he checked out of the Hotel !

    Did you read about the 60 billion wasted in military contracts ?
    Both Perry and Romney made money , they hedges on America , they went short . Big people make big money on uncertainty and confusion !

    Look up Perry and Enron .

    Ask why none of Mitts five sons did no Military service .

    August 31, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  4. rob

    I had to go out so I am just getting around to this. Last hour I heard the verbal assination of The Tea Party and Perry. Obama could not have said it better, on the other hand I am sure most of the comments came directly from the DNC. Obama provides a true existential threast tto this country. In as much as you and your so-called "news dpt." continue to propagandise for him you too are an existential threat to this country. Fortunately after watching cnn the next hour I can watch Fox which provides a truly balanced presentation of what is going on.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  5. Donna Ann

    You are exactly right. BUT, it was Obama who ordered them to go after him. Bush dropped the search and said, "I'm not worried about him." If there had been no order.... no one would have been looking.

    August 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  6. OrangePekoe

    What a moron. He's just yammering away without saying anything. Extreme right wingers seem to forget the many security disasters that have been foiled during Obama's presidency. ANd he seems to be overlooking the fact that under Obama's watch we finally got Osama bin Laden, something the previous president tried and failed to do. Now, I'm not saying it was easy for our forces under anyone's watch but it did happen. These Tea Party idiots also forget to mention that we were blindsided by the terrorists under the last Repubican president. Clearly these guys lack the memory and the ability to use logic. No way these guys are fit to be president.

    August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  7. Donna Ann

    Wendy5 – you need to calm down and think. Just because his half-uncle is in trouble doesn't mean that Obama had ANYTHING to do with it. Why – if we were to investigate YOUR family, would you want to be held accountable for the actions of some of them? Jimmy Carter had a brother problem. Most everyone has a relative problem, including me and I certainly wouldn't want to be held accountable for any of them. I'm sure that the uncle will be faced with even more scrutiny than normal just because of who a "half"-relative is. So, cut Obama some slack here and get real.

    August 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  8. davidmself

    And, what do these two guys know about foreign policy? Oh, I forgot. Romney ran the winter Olympics in that dangerous place known as Utah and Perry is battling Palin for the support of the Tea Baggers.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Thomas


    We did lose respect in the world community during the Bush years , not to mention our economic respect.

    People want stability , not insanity !

    I agree with u !

    August 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Where is Perry ?
    From beef prices to the cost of a pair of socks, the Texas drought of 2011 will leave its mark on family budgets. "This drought is just strangling our agricultural economy," says professor Travis Miller, of Texas A&M University's Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Losses, so far, are estimated at $5 billion.

    Is God punishing Texas ? I don't believe in a punishing god . so why would I believe in Rick Perry !

    August 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  11. Anybody home at the GOP????

    I don't recall Bush getting Osama bin Laden.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  12. Anybody home at the GOP????

    The GOP sure has a short memory. Do they remember anything about the Bush years? Of course not...that would be the same as admitting failings and errors that nearly ruined our country.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  13. salvatore

    "That even though Bush gave 7 reasons for invading Iraq, the only "valid" reason was WMD?"

    There's a big difference between what the Clinton admin did in Iraq and a full scale invasion and 8 year occupation. Foreign occupation is what's keeping insurgents going now. The reasons Bush and Blair gave for the invasion were "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's alleged support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people." The first 2 were lies. I'm sure the Iraqi people appreciated the time, but I think we've worn out our welcome a bit.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  14. hrunting

    Why is it that the republican field seems to be orchestrating 'debates' and appearances which highlight nothing about individual abilities, and rather are used and abused to bash the presidents actions despite the fact that they have to warp reality to even accomplish it half the time. Its as if they are gearing up to not select the most capable candidate, but rather the loudest hater in the room. How is any of that supposed to help on any meaningful level except whipping the radical base into a frenzy of pointless bible thumping and economic bloodletting? Send the idiots back the the respective villages from whence they came.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  15. Franklin

    I like Cafferty's question about Americans being Brainless when it comes to politics and then there are these clowns who take advantage of that and bank on a brainless mayority to win an election so they can plan the next war and make their friends the arms producers accumulate more Billions while paying less taxes. BTW Osama wazz killed and if that izz not dealing with treaths to the US security then who knows what izz!

    August 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  16. jj

    It is good to see some smart and honest comment on this blog. People even if you hate the President we must give him his due. He has done an excelllent job on the world stage. We who travel the around the World see the big different in how we are treated. The World love this President also. The can't understand we treated him with such disrepect. That is the issue that they have with we the people of America. They see us as not very smart in how we treat our very bright President with scorn and hate. Lies and ungratefulness. He bring the country from the brink of destruction..

    August 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  17. matt houston

    Obama is bad on national security...yes, oh and also, snakes and burning bushes used to talk to human beings. Whatever idiots.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  18. Tom

    Texas is on you know where your govenor is??

    August 31, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  19. Bob

    Security? Excuse me were these two idiots not around and supporting Bush when he and the "Republicans" got us into a war against a country that did not to us. Sure let's elect one of these two then we an attack what Canada!

    August 31, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  20. Effelbee

    Amazing. Most Americans feel much more secure with Bin Laden and the #2 man in Al Queda killed, and democratic forces sweeping out the dictators of backward regimes in the middle east. I guess these GOP clowns do not understand actual success and confuse it with the waste of US resources resulting from foreign invasion adventures.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  21. Trudy Harteg

    this Guys will be worse then Bush .all the do is tell one lie after another we do not neat the Tea Party .Eric Canter is one of the worst an Mc Connel form Kentucky ,the will ruin this Country . there will be a big Riot in this Country if we do not get rid of every one in Congress .the nothing but Trouble Maker .the ask for a fight .thats the Republican the love wars . the are Dictators .low Live no good SOB

    August 31, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  22. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    The less these guys say about security the better off they will be given Obama's almost unblemished record on protecting the US from Islamic terrorists.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  23. MKEblues

    Sorry. Gnash with a "G".

    August 31, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  24. MKEblues

    Conservatives go! Tea Party go! Let them cringe and knash their teeth.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  25. DeathFromAbove

    Republicans honestly won't win the National Security debate. Obama has ordered more drone strikes than Dubya killing leadership of both Al Qeada and Taliban. Throw in the fact that the greatest Hide-n-Seek champion has a missing eye socket... There is simply no room.

    If the Republicans want to win, they need to stick to the economic FACTS and ideas.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  26. Terry - Indiana

    Sarah Palin quit her job as Governor of Alaska. Rick Perry wants Texas to Secede for the Union. Mitt Romney wants us to forget that he signed a State Healthcare Plan into law, that matches the plan created by Congress and the President. So far, all I hear are sound bites and "dodgeball" reactions from all of these candidates. Not one of these people can win the election, so will the GOP please rollout a real candidate?

    August 31, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  27. Blackman in America

    WHY on earth is it so hard for repuks/KKKers/teabaggers to live in REALITY?

    August 31, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  28. DianeD

    Once Osama Bin Laden was found, he would have been "offed" NO MATTER WHO would be president at the time! No way can Obama put this under his belt because OBL would have been gone no matter who was sitting as president!

    August 31, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  29. Ken in MD

    Who is the greater risk to our military – the party who thinks we should be ramping up in muiltiple wars, spreading our soldiers so thin they are at greater risk, or the party that wants to end the wars and bring our troops home? I support our troops, therefore I vote Democrat.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  30. Sun Rise

    I am a Texan. My impression is Perry doesn't love America. He is GWB the 2nd. He believes "strong" is too shoot first and yell the loudest. Look, he is consulting with Rumsfeld and that shows who Perry is. The world has changed. America doesn't have to act like a "bully" in the world affairs. We don't have to be the "first".

    August 31, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  31. Meyer C. Dhoates

    Imam Rick Perry wants to be the leader of the Republican Taliban. He alone knows what is best for those who don't think and believe as he does.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  32. Meyer C. Dhoates

    The Republican Taliban is coming to take away your constitutional rights and force you to believe as they do.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:47 am |

    This is laughable......Romney & Perry? National security....brahaaahawww.....Please there is no discussion. This is the Presidents strong point.....They had better stay away from this topic......REALLY! Obama 2012!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  34. FedUp

    National Security? Is there supposed to be a national security policy? Hmmm. I thought that took care of itself. Or, maybe, the states were supposed to deal with that.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  35. clwyd

    Both of these right wing idiots need to look at the situation now as to when GW left office. One of these men is member of a religious cult and the other wants to further abuse power by having governors appoint Senators to the Congress while giving Congress the power to overrule the Supreme court! The republican party is so sick!

    August 31, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • Evelyn Berryhill

      Amen i agree

      August 31, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • mikle

      After this statement you need to see a doctor.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • MKEblues

      I'm glad we get to you.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Dave Townsend

      The GOP was in charge when we were attacked on 9/11, they ignored intellegence that could have prevented the attack. They failed to capture Osama, and instead invaded Iraq based on lies and they were not a threat to us. The GOP constantly trashes the Democrats for being weak on security but the facts tell a different story. The worst terrorist attack in the US happened while the GOP was in charge.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Howard

      Obama is an inept embarassment, and must be dumped as soon as possible.
      Even with the main stream media, billionaire stooges, and paid bloggers who shill for him,
      Obama is sinking in the polls, like a lead balloon.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Actually...

      They are both in religious cults.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  36. John B.

    If any of these run-at-the-mouth Republicans actually get elected President, it will be interesting to see them eat their words once everything they say or do will have real consequences.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Evelyn Berryhill

      Amen , i agree with that answer

      August 31, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Retired Army in San Antonio


      But so true!

      August 31, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  37. Rubicon

    ....and exactly how many terrorist have Perry, and Romney eliminated?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:53 am |
  38. glddraco

    They really should be explaining that Obama is weak on terrorism and foreign policy too Osama Bin Ladin. Oh yeah...

    August 31, 2011 at 4:04 am |
    • boogietime

      Did I miss something? Did Obama personally run out and take care of OBL? No? He just sat in the WH playing general?

      August 31, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Boogietime – a quick, simplified explanation of how things work – Navy Seals – their job is to shoot people. President – his job is to tell the Navy Seals which people to shoot. If you need a simpler explanation then you're good material for a Perry supporter.

        August 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • davidmself

      What a stupid comment to make! I thought President Obama eliminated Bin Laden. I guess I read incorrectly.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  39. Commander-In-Chief

    The more I THINK the more I realize – Perry is just another http://www.... 🙂
    Romney – he is popular flip-flop but good to see him delivering strong opinions...

    I don't care who wins but what scares me (and all of us I would think) is that we have one other AS^*&^*&OLE there who doesn't realize the global shift (in money, power etc etc) and makes bad decisions (like those which has now landed us all in this deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep shet) 'cause there is no America then (ONLY history)

    August 31, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  40. J.V.Hodgson

    On international Policy/diplomacy and war management Obama will wipe the floor with any current Republican or currently not named Presidential hopeful, so I say ( as an independent) if you really think you are right and the American voters share your views , go for it guys you will lose.
    Why is it that 98% of Republican politicians see war as the only defence of national security. And if you dont want the support of the UN to assist in the defence of American national security, to use a Perryism; why not "secede" from that organisation. PS American troops in libya remained under US command.
    Too Mitt what "apology(ies)"on his lips and " doubts in his heart"? Without the specifics this is actually meaningless rhetoric.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  41. Nvwikiwiki

    I am voting for Michell Bachman. She says she can get gas down to $2.00 a gallon. Miracle worker, she will wave her wand and things will get better. " IN God We Trust" will have a whole new meaning.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • clwyd

      Yes, and like all the rest of the republicans she is mentally ill so it won't make any difference who you vote for!

      August 31, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • Evelyn Berryhill

        you are right

        August 31, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • boogietime

      I am not going to vote for her unless she promises free ice cream to all US citizens every Friday. And they had better not run out of chocolate!

      August 31, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Barry Bowser

      We are gonna see our world fall right in front of our eyes.... Matter of fact its happening now!!!Dnt yall see the signs unemployment rate is sky rocketing people with decent education cant even find jobs smh Isn't that telling you something??? School is a waste of time find a good little job that requires a GED and save your money get a roommate that u can trust and save cause this country is gonna be ripped apart going into 2012-2013. This new world order is real and its gonna happen!!

      August 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  42. Political_Nut

    Sco is so on target. I was not an Obama fan but can trully see where his style of leadership has moved us from being an arrogant nation to one of cooperation. I just don't understand my GOP leaders (if such exists anymore); on the one hand we say stop policing the world (Bush did it); now we have a President who has achieved what Bush, Chenney, and Rumsfeld were unable to achieve with unlimited spending. Obama demonstrated that he is capable of bringing countries together but allowed them to share in the glory (and expense). I am sick and tired of idiots like Perry who play on the fears of ill-informed Americans and by suggestiong we are losing a grip when we do not always show our might up front. Sounds like dejavu all over again. And by the way, I do believe we are an unintelligent nation as a whole...YES I SAID IT!!!!.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  43. Rick Stanley

    Bush and Cheney those two inept buffoons had seven years to get Bin Laden and failed miserably. Obama got the sob in less than three years. Sounds to me like these new GOP buffoons ought to stick to Airport Men's Rooms and leave the Police Work to The President.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Bool

      Yes you're right, Bush's campaign had nothing to do with it. It was all Obama.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  44. Texas Doc

    Lets see Ghadaffi...gone, Osama Bin Laden, dead all on President Obama's watch. Makes you wonder what these guys are crying about. The Democratic president has managed to keep the scawy boogy men away.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  45. trytobpractical

    All of which gives me pause to think, Blitzer, why are you giving these 2 guys any play time on this issue. If you feel you must do so, where are some hardball questions?

    August 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Rick Stanley

      After LBJ, GHWB, and GWB the odds of a Texan being elected are about the same as any surviving members of The Third Reich being nominated. Zero. Even with all of The Republican Supreme Court's oil and Wall Street Money – there won't be another Texan that can hold a majority in any State. Not even The Texans will nominate another Texan. The last one did enough damage for a hundred years.

      August 31, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  46. trytobpractical

    That's real funny. Romney and Perry going after the Pres. on foreign policy. The Pres has more respect worldwide than any Pres. in recent history. Given the circumstances, he has done well in foreign policy, something he can control without having to put up with the party of No.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  47. Lenny Pincus

    Rick Perry's big time legislation called for doctors to perform a sonogram on women who want abortions, force the women to look at the sonogram, and force the doctor to describe the sonogram to the woman. Now, whatever you think of abortions, do you really want some empty suit who makes this a legislative priority given all the problems state governments face? This sounds about as conservative as the SDS.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  48. President

    Does anyone remember that we were hated by all our allies by the end of President Bush's second term? He proved definitively that America can NOT move forward alone. The world has changed and we need our allies. Obama has certainly changed this and refocused our foreign policy.

    Check out more of my thoughts:

    August 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Lenny Pincus

    Like either one of the buffoons has the slightest notion about security policy. Romney made his name downsizing companies while eliminating jobs, and all you need to know about Perry is this: as governor he announced "the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas." That worked well.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  50. keeth

    #1 and #2 of Al-Qaeda are dead. Yeah, that's really bad national security.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Niki

      I've said this before, but it's worth repeating: I'll take Obama's 55-45% certainty over the GOP's 'slam dunk' certainty any day!

      August 31, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  51. rob

    "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"

    So says Blitzer the defacto press secretary for the re-election campaign of President Obama. I wonder if the US would have really lead with air power to reduce the Gadhafi forces how many lives would have been saved, both the opposition and civilian. The president went first to the UN then went around the duly elected Congress of the US to "Lead from behind" on this mission in an attempt to prove to his base and to the Europeans (that he wants to "Like" us) that we are not Unilateralists. He allowed second rate military powers look like they were in charge while we provided ALL the support and intelligence. Nice show, but what do they do now with Syria? Can't wait to here Blitzer's spin.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • frespech

      Whatever Blitzer might think is irrelevant. He is a journalist and reports facts. Anything he has to say will be far more intelligent than your offerings.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Brian

      Are you for real, Monday morning quarterback? The notion that US led air strikes would have cut down on civilian loss of life is backed up by what? Give me a break. England and France, or NATO allies, have been leading the charge from day one. Hardly "second rate" countries, you bafoon. And to say he "went around" Congress to get this done is just incorrect. American boots never hit the ground.

      August 31, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Hamtanos

      Wow Rob...jealous much?

      If you don't like what he did, please explain what you wanted to see? Ground troops? That costs a TON more money than the few but effective airstrikes and establishing a no-fly zone. Also, if one foreign troop ever crossed into Libya, that would have generated a HUGE resentment. What is now accomplished is that Libya has gained it's freedom, the rebels are aware of the assistance provided by the other nations, and we saved a TON of cash. Of course, I'm sure all your hours of playing Risk while watching FOX, eating your mayonnaise sandwiches has given you the insight of the legends, so please enlighten us with your wisdom!!

      August 31, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  52. Bobby Ray

    Obama got Bin Laden, and Ghadaffi (for tenths of pennies on the dollar for what it cost Bush to get Saddam Hussein) end of national security debate.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  53. kurtinco

    "Debate societies"...Hmmm. Well, from what I understand, Perry is a hardcore states' rights advocate (or at least he used to be until he started courting the religious right and tea party "people"). He, and other republicans, like to preach about the ideals of states' rights so eloquently written about in the Federalist Papers in particular. Apparently, he has missed the real message those passionate essays were trying to convey: individual states with a strong, unifying federal government. So, if each states is part of the whole, and the Federalist Papers are a blueprint for perfect government, doesn't that by its very nature create a grand debate society?

    Sounds like Mr. Perry doesn't love The United States of America to me.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Jan Baker

      Most republicans don't love America, not just Perry. The tea party republicans are really a Chinese financed organization whose sole purpose is to grind America to a haul while it plays catch up technologically and militarily. If you want to see America fail, vote tea party republican across the board in 2012.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
      • Rich

        You insult half the country with your BS.

        August 31, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Donna Ann

      Having lived in Texas for over 25 years, I can tell you that most Texans dislike Perry immensely. He is a career politician and enjoys the competition. He always runs on "he's never lost a race" – well, it's about time he gets knocked off this pedestal. We MUST encourage and get our voters out. Republicans have been going around the country changing rules on the voting process just so they can make it harder or eliminate votes that would be for Obama. American please wake up before one of these tea-partiers get into office. We truly don't want to see the day where they are in power. They are preying on the uneducated in our society and the educated ones who are supporting them are part of the greed and power connection which is destroying the America we know. We watch on the news of these extravagant houses the rich are living in in other countries while their people remain poor. Who are we to talk about them? Look around, it is happening right here in America too, maybe not to that extent – but, we are on our way.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  54. edsr

    National security is always an issue with this present world political climate but it would seem his biggest hit would be the economy............national security was an issue during the second world war.........that is nothing new.......none of our last 5 or 6 Presidents have really had a good homeland security program.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  55. dan

    Comments by two candidates who know little and have done even less with foreign policy. It's interesting that Perry also spoke against military adventurism, but seems to promote just that same thing, only according to his values, views, and perspectives. As to Romney, he doesn't have a clue and should just stay out of foreign affairs. He sould concentrate on his new beach house.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  56. Henry

    The facts show that Obama is a better leader, when it comes to security and war, as compared to most of the previous presidents over the last 20 years. Do not listen to the lies!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  57. huxley

    Very hallow accusations coming from a Texas governor who did little or nothing to defend his own state from the constant flow of illegal immigrants across the borders of his own territory.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  58. barbara

    He is the one that got Osama, and this is what you try to come up with. BAHHHAAAAAA

    August 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  59. Ed

    listen Blitzen...if Obama didn;t get squat for a bump from killing Osama, he won't get any whatsoever got Ghadaffi Duck... Nice analysis. Very poor understanding of such affairs.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  60. Good4U

    Why is the same article on CNN all about how great the Dems are?
    Why is the same article on Fox News about how great the Reps are?
    And the comments are the same just people on CNN Hate the people
    On Fox News.
    And the comments are the same just people on Fox News Hate the people on CNN?

    Same coin different sides?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • libertarian

      Yep. Seems most of the country has forgotten the word "compromise" and how to use it and instead is just going to two extremes... I agree with views on both sides and see it as completely feasible to work things out if people weren't so high strung. People need to calm themselves and realize that their completely left or completely right views aren't necessarily the views of or for the best for the American people. We can work through this... It's just a matter of someone taking the first step and even one person joining with them.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Donna Ann

      Sorry, I don't think that is true. I have watched CNN a lot and they have been in the Democrat bashing department a lot. I started to not watch them anymore because I didn't feel they were reporting news anymore, just playing the same tactics against the Democrats that FOX was doing (at least some reporters) – I am very happy to see some balance here. I want my news to be factual – not filled with reporter opinions and stories which many do. Also, I'm tired of seeing our news go "Hollywood" – all the new young, pretty girls who are now reporters with big Republican slants. Now, I'm seeing some female reporters with dresses I would say should be saved for "their night on the town" – not in the newsroom – very unprofessional. Just my opinion. Anyway, I want to watch factual news reports – not reporter opinions. You don't need to make up my mind – just state the unbiased facts, please.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  61. Emmet D.

    It was predicted during the last presidential campaign that Obama was way out of his league, for he had no foreign policy experience to speak of. Contrary to these predictions, President Obama has shown that an intelligent, reasonable person, one willing to listen to advisers and to think a situation through before taking action, can do a pretty good job.

    The Obama haters will always hate, no matter what he does. It is a waste of time arguing with such folks. However, I hope the independents; those able to see through the rhetoric, will come to the same conclusion I have. The Republicans do not have a candidate this time around worth voting for. Their party (formally mine) has reverted to the Barry Goldwater party of the 50's. (Google it, if you need to). It is a party run by fear, devoid of ideas, driven by ideology, and seriously lacking in the ability to compromise.

    I wish there were someone to vote for that brought more to the table, but for now, I see no alternative than another term for President Obama. Perry, Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich, and possibly this the best the GOP can offer?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Donna Ann

      Thank you for your intelligent insight. If only others would catch on.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  62. styymy

    Perry is a loon and a flip-flopper. Arrogant and brash just like Cheney. Attack, attack, attack, bomb, bomb, bomb ruining the American economy.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  63. nomore

    Since Obama took office I found out that I am a;

    bible thumping,
    gun toting,
    hostage taker,

    And now ladies and gentleman we are a "1ynch mob". According to Congressman ANDRE CARSON
    we want to H@NG b1ack people
    "hang them from trees"
    end quote.

    The truth is;
    I am not a racist,
    I am not a bigot,
    I am white but that is no crime,
    Not an idiot,
    not angry,
    no way near a radical,
    not old,
    not religious so no bible thumping,
    don't own a gun,
    born and bred in NYC so not a hillbilly,
    not a hater, although Obama IS getting to me.
    willing to compromise, been married for 22 years so....,
    never held anyone hostage, not even my children,
    not a terrorists,
    never kidnapped anyone

    And I certainly most definitely have no desire what so ever to h@ng anyone from anything.




    Now what will you call me next??????? Bring it on libs.... bring it on. You ain't got nothing left!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • frespech

      I think we will just stick with the first group of adjectives Seems to fit quite accurately

      August 31, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • MNTaxpayer

      You got me there. I think the list you posted is pretty comprehensive. Maybe you could add paranoid with an exagerated sense of self-importance?

      August 31, 2011 at 10:46 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        well put.

        September 1, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

      attention seeking comes to mind......

      August 31, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Impudent

      Self realization is important, it appears that you have come to some solid understanding of oneself.

      Obama is not trying to take your freedom of individuality just trying to do his job. I am not defending any specific thing he has done but the resistance he has faced on all aspects of presidential policy or governance is a constant, much like you being white is also a constant. As a constantly white person myself, I feel your pain. We are almost a minority, and we have to wait until we are one to where we can attempt to rise for our rights without someone looking for a pointed hat.

      Until then, concentrate on being a better citizen. Help your community and see what plights are affecting them? What can you do as a citizen to help other citizens.

      Its your responsibility to your nation to fight for your freedom. How about a little give and take? When was the last time you did something for your country, state, or city? Quit complaining. Go do something.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • steven Harnack

      Well you're totally off the deep end insane, I think that pretty much covers it.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Actually...

      *cough* If you're "not angry", why are you yelling?

      He is in no way inciting violence. You need to chill out. If you are none of these things, why are you associating yourself with a group who is KNOWN for these things? We all know the Tea Party is racist. They are funded by the Koch Brothers who is associated with the Heritage Foundation and the John Birch Society.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Patriot Awesome

      You're also very sensitive.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Dude, nobody cares about your outrage.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  64. Isaac

    We can't afford to be a a part of the world and show respect for other nations. We have to pretend we're better than everyone else and that whatever we says is gospel.... I mean that's how baby jesus wants it.

    Zeus help this country if one of these two science denying religiously brainwashed morons gets elected.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  65. joshua

    Obama = Jimmy Carter. Same failed policies, same failed results. Time for a regime change.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Er

      Nice talking points.
      Too bad they're not true!
      Hello? Osama Bin Laden was captured. Also Al-Q #2 was caught. Have you been paying attention at all?
      The Libya operation took NO US lives. Failure? Not hardly.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Donna Ann

      Sorry, Obama is NO Jimmy Carter. He has gotten some pretty good things done, DESPITE the horrible things the Republican party has done to him and continues to. They have said it themselves, "our only objective is to see that he is a one-term president". Why can't people see through this. Just think for one moment what it would have been like and what Obama COULD accomplish if only the Republicans would be willing to work with him instead of sabotaging his every move!

      August 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  66. Jim

    These people are suggesting that America is the moral authority of the world? Soon not only the Arab world will hate America, so will everyone else and some may use the preemptive strike just as America hass often done. This cowboy talk from the right does more to threaten the security of the country and America's alliances than does any terrorist group.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Donna Ann

      You are so correct. One of the things they wanted the most was to bring down our infrastructure, turn us against each other while they can sit back and laugh at us. They've now won that war.

      August 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  67. Earnest okonofua

    Robert Gates, the former defense secretary, said it best "any secretary of Defense that would put these young men back to go war should first have his head examined". Please examine Perry and Romney head before they get us inot another war.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  68. Grand Oil Party

    Another crazy Christian who wants to go to war just because his book tells him the world is gonna end anyway. When will we as a people believe in the future and not some dim witted prophecy?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  69. Enuff

    Why is "apology" such a 4-letter word to the right? Why do they equate it with a sign of weakness? It takes great strength and character to realize a mistake that has hurt others and to apologize for it. That is why the blowhardedness of the right is such a paper tiger. There is no "real" strength behind it.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  70. Steve

    Basically the President has succeeded where Bush failed. He got Osama, he is getting the troops out of Iraq , he escalated the efforts to wipe out Al-Queda to the point were they are now a disorganized group that is just about out of business. He managed to orchestrate the removal of the Libyan dictator without putting one American troop on the ground and with no American loses. Our allies no longer look at us with suspicion and the world has stopped laughing at our leader. We no longer are breaking international law by torturing people. All-in-all we are safer in the world today than we were in 2008 and I am pretty sure that if the President's National Security Advisor gives him a briefing that "someone is determined to attack the US" he will not ignore it and if we are attacked and he is reading to a group of 1st graders, he won't sit there for 7 minutes trying to decide what to do. One thing we surely don't need is another ill-informed ex-governor of Texas running things again.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • womenfly

      Been drinking the Kool Aid again?

      August 31, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Steve – some on the RIght gets facts mixed up with KoolAid – reminds me of something my Dad used to say, "He doesn't know his asss from a hole in the ground."

        August 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  71. Don Jones

    Blitzer is a gas bag, as are most of the CNN talking heads.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • frespech

      I can hardly wait for you to enlighten us with more of your intellectually stimulating comments

      August 31, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Evelyn Berryhill

      i agree, tell the truth

      August 31, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  72. Grim Reaper

    No CHET – America was trailer park enough to elect a clipboard weilding community activist that never held the same job for 4 years over a bona fide Vietnam War hero that passed time at the Hanoi Hilton while the President was wearing short pants- You want someone that stands his ground elect Ron Paul.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • Jim

      Grim Reaper.

      Trailer trash enough to elect a community organizer? How about intelligent enough to know that your so-called War Hero broke and recorded videos of how the US should surrender in Vietnam? Or how about the fact that that same guy selected as his running mate a woman who knew, and knows, nothing about how the real world works, who supported all the pork her Senators and Congressmen provided for her, but then denounced it on the camapaign trail, who thought that being asked what newspapers she read was a trick question? Obama has kept us safer than either Bush, than Clinton, or than Reagan. Before you make statements, check your facts.

      August 31, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Realitybites

      Community organizer for 3 years (for a Catholic organization) prior to law school. Continuing to refer to him as a community organizer is sort of like a referring to a Neurosurgeon as lab tech because that's what he/she did before medical school.
      Civil rights attorney and costitutional law professor for 12 years before entering the political fray. I do believe 12 is greater than 4.
      I won't even begin to argue to POW:youth point. It's just not worth it.

      August 31, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  73. ib42

    “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.”

    It's about time an American President started acting like a human being, not an uncouth cowboy. America's ventures into military activities has hardly been always with the purest intentions, or with exemplary results. Viet Nam and Iraq spring to mind.
    These upstart playboy model wannabes need to remember that the worst attacks ever suffered by America after Pearl Harbour happened while the repuke in charge was blissfully unaware of the difference between his ass and his elbow. And still is!
    Was anyone paying attention to the security of the nation then, you stupid dolts? Or is it open season on the Black man who can out dignify and class you anytime he speaks?

    August 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  74. Thomas

    Now wait a minute! Bin Laden's dead. Al Queda's #2 is dead. Al Queda's on the run. Ghadafi and a half-dozen other middle East dictators have been thrown out of power in the last year. What on Earth do Perry the Platypus and the Mittster have to offer? They are shooting blanks.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  75. KarincP

    Funny HOW the Prez and his Congress NEVER go through the normal Security Procedures that we common people do in the airports – the most of the TSA people are very LOW level – LOW education – LOW attention to details – – – LOW on real effectiveness – – I realise that TERRORISM MAKES JOBS, and Bush-man used 9-11 to grow JOBS – – but the recent hires in the last 3 years are much LOWER quality – – – – Do YOU feel safe ? ? I Do NOT think so – –

    August 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  76. SoSad

    Really, Rick Bush...................................Really George "Mormom" Romeny

    August 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  77. Frank

    So, Obama get bin Laden while Dubya didn't. And thus Obama is weak on national security. Duh...

    August 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  78. Robert H

    The Department of War,
    Oh, excuse me, the Department of *-"Defense"-*

    We must never be honest about the actual purposes that one third of our tax dollars go to support.

    Maintaining and enlarging and increasing the American Empire against ever more flimsy and manufactured enemies
    is a full time job for military contractors eager to take an ever larger bite of the American Tax Payer.

    Of course, multi Trillion dollar jet fighter programs and enormous nuclear subs and fleets of aircraft carriers are exactly the way to defeat terrorists living in caves and armed with knives and screwdrivers and rocks and sticks.

    Meanwhile, of course for our soldiers in the field, even though we spend more than one million dollars per soldier per year, we still have to have bake sales at home to buy them toothpaste and toilet paper, While they have to scrounge body army from dumpsters and trash bins.

    Kind of makes you wonder where all the war money really goes, doesn't it?

    Just as President Eisenhower warned, the military-industrial complex has gone from being the protector of our freedoms to the destroyer of our freedoms. From defending our way of life to eliminating it.

    So, let us welcome the new Masters of War.
    The new generation of slick Republican sales reps,
    Eager to sell America's future to the highest bidder.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  79. Riche

    That's just sad Poet...

    ucking sad...

    Hey you ambulance chasing ucks, my Poet just delivered a 50,000 body count, after putting this entire nation under a from a concealed military rule more powerful than declared Marshal law, all to keep you ucks off his back...

    NOW LETS DEBATE JOBS cause when one of these horses is afraid to speak her mind you know this entire nation has problems cause it was kind of like a porn shop in town; even if you never go in it is critical that it is always around cause only God knows what's next...

    Sad Joke over here HU...

    August 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  80. Mom to 3

    Republicans are idiots! President Obama finally got Bin Laden and handled Libya the right way - without dragging our country into yet another war. Of course, the Republicans would never admit our President did anything right. If he saved a baby from a burning building they would complain that he could have saved the baby faster, etc., etc. All the while, President Obama is doing a vastly superior job on national security than the GOP ever did.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Evelyn Berryhill

      you say it, it is the truth

      August 31, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  81. Seth

    The guy who killed Osama Bin Laden is vulnerable on security? I think Republicans may find this is a weak argument.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  82. Bill D.

    2 total and complete scumbags.
    GOP/Tea Party should be boycotted in the next election.

    Obama should resign after 1 term.
    Draft Hillary and let her correct the wrong from 2008.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  83. natrldiver

    What an easy target. Of course Obama's track record on both national security and the economy show that he is not capable of doing the job. Sure he can speak a good game, but talk does not defent the nation, it does not pay the bills. Our borders are being overun by illegals every day and the economy is not showing signs of coming back. Too much money has been thrown at the problem through stimulus. With that being said, I am ready for some fiscal responsibility and security of our borders.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  84. Steve

    “We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies,”

    In other words, God is on Americas side, we can do whatever we want, and the rest of the world is nothing but heathens that need to bow before our moral superiority.

    Perry is a flip-flopping theocratic tool.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Walken

      Well said.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Perry has no room to talk about morals. He's a liar and cheat. As for Obama, right.....attacking him on security? Did you happen to hear about the killing of bin Laden, but Obama doesn't know what he's doing. Additionally, through President Obama's dignity and ability to speak to all people's of the world without the good 'ole boy attitude from the past, this President has brought back respect to the office all over the world. Can't you just see Perry speaking to foreign leaders?

      August 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      Perry the next President of the United States. Thank God, for we have not had one in three years going on four. The Man who disgraces the Oval office is nothing but a big pile of Muslim manure.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • Donna Ann

        You, are one of the problems of America. Ignorant.

        August 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • jack johnson

      Perry sounds more like HITLER than an Americian !!!!!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • bb

      You ever notice people of ALL political leanings in Texas hate Rick Perry as a candidate? Even if you could overlook his lack of education (a 'D' average in Animal Services). Even if you could somehow justify that the jobs created in Texas were mostly government jobs and fast-food type jobs created to handle a massively large influx of immigrants to the state. Even if you could sweep the economic mess in Texas under the rug – you'd still be dealing with an ignorant and inept tea party candidate working to implement the same exact failed economic policies that failed us so miserably under George Bush.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  85. Scot

    As a world traveler I have found a distinct differance in the attitudes of the peoples of are alot differant with the current president than the last one. We are the ones that take the high ground with our national security but working with these other countries helps keep our nation safe ! Since only 25% of the population of this great counry has a passport I can see how the republicans can sway the voters on this issue !

    August 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • rob

      To the "World traveler" Scot, that is the lame we need the world to like us BS that the Liberals gave us during the bush years. Can you give us any evidence the we are better loved since our current president earned the Nobel prize for nothing from a bunch of left lunies in the norweigen Govt, continued most of Bush's domestic anti terror policies, vowed to close Gitmo then renegged, demanded to read terriorists their miranda rights when captured but decided to kill them in the field via Drones which kill inocent women and children instead, lecture us about trying non citizen terrorists in US courts then have his own party vote to not fund such trials. I'm glad you friends around the world feel better about president Obama but I don't know what world your traveling in

      August 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • Rich

        Let us not also forget that it was intelligence programs put in place by Pres. Bush and kept in place by Pres. Obama that led to the raid on and death of bin Laden. And though I am not a fan of most of Pres. Obama's policies you got to love the way he pulled the republican tactic of not informing the pakastanis of intention to snag or kill bin Laden in their own backyard.

        August 31, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • Patriot Awesome

        I'm a little confused by your comment Rob. Are you a liberal that's angry at Obama for continuing some of Bush's terrorism policies or a conservative that's happy he's continued some of Bush's policies?

        FYI – congress prevented him from closing Gitmo.

        August 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • William

      Scot I live in Florida where we see a lot of foreign visitors. I have traveled most of the U.S. and I have been to Canada, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, St Thomas and St, Maartin. From my conversations with Europeans I can only agree. I have found many Asians here in the U.S. a humble and wonderful people. Why I write this reply is that I believe many Governments do not represent their people even ours in the Good old U.S.A. and it has been brought to my attention that offensive language to other countries has been used knowingly by the speech writter but unaware to the people here at home. The majority of the world is probably good people. We don't really know our Politicians or their schemes. At least someone like you sees a bigger picture and shared that picture for those who will see it as it really is. Thanks...

      August 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Political_Nut are so on target. I was not an Obama fan but can trully see where his style of leadership has moved us from being an arrogant nation to one of cooperation. I just don't understand my GOP leaders (if such exists anymore); on the one hand we say stop policing the world (Bush did it); now we have a President who has achieved what Buch, Chenney, and Rumsfeld were unable to achieve with unlimited spending. Obama's demonstrated leadership by allowing other countries to do their share of the fighting which lower cost to America. I am sick and tired of these politicians like Perry who plays on the fears of Americans by suggestiong we are losing a grip when we do not always show our might. Sounds like dejavu all over again. And by teh wway, I do believe we are an unintelligent nation as a whole....

      August 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Marry

      Well said!! The GOP/TP “candidates” have no idea how to work effectively internationally AND nationally! President Obama did a lot of fine work to restore the American reputation in the world. Most people abroad did have a very bad feeling of the Bush administration – not of the American people! There was worldwide sorrow after 9/11 – but then worldwide protests when Bush waged war in Iraq. The GOP/TP make the world cringe when they see how many people support the same idiotic, populist, and demagogic stance that the Bush administration promoted. So sad that a certain part of the American public is so uneducated and just does not learn. Really sad!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  86. DNice

    Gov. Perry. You stated "We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies...". My questions to you are :
    1. How will you gather enough intelligence to decide if we should go to war?
    2. How will you pay for another military operation and/or war if we think it is in our best interest?

    I asks those questions because military action is expensive in both monetary costs and lose of life. I don't think I want a person in the presidents office who is so cavalier that he/she does not think through those decesions and vet other alternatives. The choice could put us further in debt. Also, we as a country, should not be so self center as to think that other countries don't have the same goal which is to protect themselves from terrorists. They could share the cost as well.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  87. roland

    Come on man. Its one thing to attack the mans ideas but to try to repaint history. SURE America did some great things. We also did some dumb things in our past and to wipe it from history is just plain ignorant. Leaders apologize and improve they don't make excuses for their mistakes. Despite popular belief COLONIALISM WAS BAD. Confederates wer unamerican unpatriotic and genocidal. Jim Crowe was bad and it had reprecussions. You can be a great nation but only when you learn from your mistakes not try to grandize them.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • anthony78

      Right on.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • markAnthony

      thank you sir...well said

      August 31, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  88. kayla

    2 knuckle heads

    August 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Rick Stanley

      Sonny from A Bronx Tale would have called them both jerk***s.
      And – he woulda been right too.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  89. DannyCali

    Perry, same as J.W.B. enough is enough for American.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  90. cleduc

    To get rid of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, it cost roughly 4,000+ US lives and will cost the US roughly $1.5-3 trillion (depending on whose estimate you subscribe to). Of course, Bush and his GOP buddies (like McCain, Perry & Romney) originally told the American people the Iraq war would only cost $50-60 billion .

    To get rid of Gadhafi, it's cost 0 US lives and has cost the US about $1 billion so far with little cost comparatively for the future. And the relationship the US has with the Libyan people is much better than their relationship with the Iraq people so far (see all the displays of their people thanking Obama & Nato). And the US's relationship with the world is much better with Libya than Iraq because their actions were sanctioned by the UN (unlike Iraq). Unlike Iraq, Libyans have to rebuild Libya – not the US.

    Libya is a clear cut example of "leading not using your behind (to think)" as opposed to "leading from behind".

    The GOP folks sure whine about the deficit when they're not busy racking it up with wars they create – which is a big cost Amercans have been carrying over other countries – as Bin Laden intended. If the deficit is going to get addressed, we need a president who isn't going to go cowboy every time someone gets out of line. Obama already understands that as he outlined in his 2006 book. Obviously, Perry & Romney do not.

    If Americans want a balanced budget, medicare & social security, they'd better follow Obama's lead on foreign policy rather than the GOP's desire for boots on the ground that cost Americans trillions for a military ego.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  91. cal usa

    All you need to know about Rick Perry's intelligence is his comment about Texas having the ability to secede from the union. Does he realize that question was settled in 1865, when the Civil War ended? Of course, he probably got one of those D's in History, so it should not be a surprise.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  92. tor5

    Well, Perry and Romney have their clever soundbites. Obama actually has a record of accomplishment. All in all, it will be hard to argue that Obama hasn’t navigated foreign policy pretty effectively. If the Republicans (with no foreign policy experience at all) really think this is a winning issue for them, all I can say is bring it on.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  93. ReturnOnInvestment

    Hope the Republican candidates are also ready to answer this issue... At this point in time our Libya "action" has cost us under a billion dollars. Meanwhile the other two wars I believe are around a trillion each. So while they want us to "go it alone" hope they have a way to pay for it. Note, I do realize there are times to go it alone if need be, but it's okay also to share the burden especially when others will enjoy the end results of removing madman dictators...

    August 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  94. Dan

    While I feel the President's economic policies/ domestic priorities are clear vulnerabilities, I don't think national security is one of them. Overall, I think he's done a great job in foreign affairs and in national security issues. If Republican candidates try going after him here, they will only succeed in digging themselves a hole. Maybe we should ask the candidates if they agree with Mr Cheney's assessment that the war in Iraq didn't hurt America's international reputation.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Dan

      With that said, the only Republican candidate worth listening to is Jon Huntsman.

      August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
      • NYC REPUB

        Agreed.......yet I still don't agree w/ him on some issues....however to me loyalty is everything so he doesn't get my vote......You can't work for the President for two years, uphold and stand by his policies, then say, I'm gonna run against you.....No i need someone w/ more fortitude than that. Just saying......

        August 31, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • J.V.Hodgson

      HI Dan,
      Agree withthis but why not take it for example a step further in Iraq? If they want us to train thier Airforce or Navy or Special forces or policeI can say yes on conditions that a) It is all done in the US with interpreters they provide. b) They pay the whole cost not only of thier nationals but our trainers and the costs of the facilities needed here in US
      That way our troops out of danger trainees out of danger and the results the same except it costs the US nothing.
      Nato and the US should do the same except the costs bit but train those needed outside Afghanistan, and you need some agricultural and Infrastructure training for these as well $300m spent on a Electricity genrating plant nor working as no locals can operate it.

      August 31, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  95. George

    First war in American history to have no American causalities. That is something that is our future

    August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  96. John B

    Oh yes. He kills enenemy numero uno and he's taking a hit to security. Love it. "Say Anything" politics always make me laugh the hardest.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm |

      @Jon B, I totally agree...These candidates run their mouths, and spit out anything, w/o being seriously vetted.....They think that Obama's weak.....they smell blood in the water.....I think they are totally foolish to begin measuring the drapes in the WH already......Obama 2012!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  97. Bob

    It's kind of a joke for Republicans to try to go after Obama on national security. We would not have the current fiscal crisis if the Bush Administration had not panicked after 9/11 and gone after the boogeymen of imaginary weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • edyvan

      Bush....panicked?,,,,,he made it personal when he said...."why, they tried to kill my father".

      August 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Good4U

      Who was this boogeymen of imaginary weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? OH the same person the Obama is taking credit for Killing?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • Donna Ann

        Uh, Good4U, you've got your facts wrong. The "boogeyman" you are referring to in Iraq was Sadam Hussein.
        Obama's watch killed Bin Ladin who WAS behind 911, and Obama has given all the credit to those servicemen who actually did the job.

        August 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  98. Matt

    Remember when comments like this were treasonous under the Bush administration. What a bunch of hypocrites?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Donna Ann

      Exactly, Matt. Thank goodness someone else noticed that too. I remember when people weren't even allowed at Bush events if they were wearing a t-shirt saying anything against him. I've just been amazed at what some of our own congressmen/women have been saying against our President. What horrible role models for our kids and more ignorant adults. You didn't hear that kind of stuff when Bush was President because he and his security wouldn't allow it to happen. There was no freedom of speech with the Bush Administration – just look at what they did to the Dixie Chicks just for saying they were ashamed he was from Texas. We've come a long way, haven't we?

      August 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  99. Truth Squad

    Yeah, Obama took the "High Road", good thing he NEVER attacks his opponents.

    So, why would Obama mention Gadhafi? I thought all you Blitzer/Liberal Media types didn't like wars that weren't for National Security? Didn't Wolf join the chorus with Obama that we were "Attacked" by The Taliban that was in Afghanistan and that Iraq was a lie? That even though Bush gave 7 reasons for invading Iraq, the only "valid" reason was WMD?

    That Saddam Hussien violated UN Resolutions, No Fly Zones, Killed his people was NOT a valid reason for invading Iraq, BUT Libya is a special case where it's ok, because NATO is with us!! Yeah, just like Bosnia. Wars started by Democrats are good for any reason, while those War-Mongering Republicans can only start wars based on WMD or direct retaliation.


    August 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

      It's legitimate to ask where the outrage is on the war front w/ liberals.....However to compare Suddam Hussein to Ghadafi is comparing apples and oranges in regards to timing......YES Hussein was a violater of UN resolutions, committed crimes against his people, the differnce is these crimes were committed in the 90's.........Ghadafi began killing his people THIS YEAR!!! It would have been far more legitimate to go after Hussein when he used chemical warfare on his people after the Gulf War.....instead we do it 10 years later? When Hussein didn't even commit 9/11 atrocities? With an invasion? No my friend, the Ghadafi takedown was cheaper, safer for our troops, and executed by the people of Libya, w/ help from America, and NATO........ We must mince each action of war, for indeed they are different.......And yes DEM Presidents have waged war FDR WWII, and Woodrow Wilson WWI.....they executed them well, nevertheless, they still did some things wrong in dealing w/ these wars.......I love America, love my Presidents....may not agree with all of them, but I'm support America....For instance my wife and I were enraged when President Bush had to dodge projectiles(shoes) in a foreign country......Anyway I digress. This President is doing a great job, in regards to foreign policy. Obama 2012!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Jim

      Truth Squad,

      Better check your name buddy. First, where are the WMD's? Still waiting. The notion that Hussein had WMD's was laughable even when there was "evidence" to suggest he did. And I emphasize the sarcasm on the word evidence. Second, I supported President Bush when he announced our intentions to go after Bin Laden in Afghanistan, But how did that work out ? It didn't, because, once again, Bush lied about where Bin Laden was. Oh, and when a member of a delegation sent to Nigeria to find out if they had sold enriched Uranium to Iraq said "Wait, that's not true!" they outed his wife as a CIA agent, which is TREASON. Yeah, you can shove your truth-squad where the sun don't shine

      August 31, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • Donna Ann

      Your knowledge is so shallow. Truth Squad is not an appropriate name for you.

      August 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  100. Jim Thomas

    He thinks he is our hero,WRONG.He and his whole crew of idiots will find out as elections come and go.ALL INCUMBANTS MUST GO.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm |

      My friend, if you think removing President Obama from the WH is going to be a walk in the park, then you're being delusional!!!! It's going to be a dog fight!!!!! I look forward to the debates, and competition.....The President has 10's of millions of supporter (hopefully about 55 million lol) that are waiting silently, and patiently to cast their vote, not just for the President, but in direct rage against the disgusting attacks on this man the past 2 1/2 years...utterly disgusting.....So my fellow American, we can agree to disagree, and let the best candidate win, but bring it on!!!!!! Obama 2012!!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 9:08 am |
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