Following President Obama’s fulfillment of a campaign promise to bring the troops home from Iraq, Rick Perry stated that he would put them back. He expressed this view at the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire on Saturday. Watch:
Perry: I would send troops back into Iraq. Because I will tell you, I think we start talking with the Iraqi individuals there. The idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasure both in blood and money that we have spent in Iraq, because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal leftist base and move out those men and women. He could have renegotiated that time frame. I think it is a huge error for us. We're going to see Iran, in my opinion, move back in at literally the speed of light. They’re going to move back in, and all the work we’ve done, every young man that has lost his life in that country will have been for nothing because we’ve got a president that does not understand what’s going on in that region.
Actually, it's Perry who has no idea what is happening in the region. While the war in Iraq increased Iranian influence over its Shiite neighbor, Iran has failed to decisively extend its reach economically, politically or culturally in Iraq. It has been eclipsed by Turkey, followed by China, Lebanon and Kuwait. Regarding Obama "kowtow[ing] to his liberal, leftist base,” is Perry including the Fort Hood soldiers who are glad to be home?