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Texas Gov. Rick 'Brainiac' Perry has weighed in on the Gaza slaughter. When he's not posing in front of a machine-gun with Sean 'Chickenhawk' Hannity, Perry is turning his formidable {cough} intellect to international affairs. As CNN's Candy Crowley discovered:

Last week, Perry called on the United States to provide “vigorous support” for Israel so CNN’s Candy Crowley began her weekly Sunday show by inviting him to share his thoughts on the ongoing fighting in Gaza.

“When you look at 1,700-plus civilian deaths in Gaza — the large majority of which are civilians we are told — what is your thought about that, what is your reaction to that?” Crowley wondered.

“War is a horrible thing,” Perry responded without emotion. “There are individuals who lose their lives in war.”

“But when we have a fairly good understanding that Hamas is actually using their citizens as shields, at that particular point in time, it loses a lot of the the power, if you will, from my perspective,” the Texas Republican continued.

It comes as no surprise that the vapid Gov. Goodhair is OK with 1700 (and rising fast) Palestinian deaths; after all, this is a guy who's happy to see poorer Texans die because Gov. Fake Glasses (R-Douche) is refusing Medicaid expansion in a state that desperately needs it.

This is a man who shows by word and deed that he's on-board with machine-gunning desperate Latin American children.

As Laura Clawson put it in a recent diary:

So why wouldn't Perry militarize the border? It'll get him points with the Republican base and apparently he's now a serious, glasses-wearing political thinker as far as the traditional media is concerned. All he needs now is to figure out how to show up wearing a flight suit and bearing a "mission accomplished" banner to a center where migrant children are being detained.
And he may not be able to count up to 3, but he sure as hell knows how to count Sheldon Adelson's billions.

Perry is being talked about as a serious contender for the 2016 race. Let's hope the GOP continue their lemming-like rush to extinction and choose Perry to run. The Democrats could put up Mr. Magoo and handily beat this dimwitted asshole.

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  •  current death toll (9+ / 0-)
    As of 0745 GMT today, 1,815 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of Israel's Operation Protective Edge on July 8. According to the Gaza health ministry the deaths includes 401 children, 238 women and 74 elderly men.

    And 9,406 people have also been injured;  including: 2805 children, 1823 women and 343 elderly men

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 01:33:43 AM PDT

  •  I see that Good Hair is still as compassionate ... (8+ / 0-)

    I see that Good Hair is still as compassionate and sensitive as he was in '12.

  •  Gov Perry what are your thoughts (13+ / 0-)

    ....................................................................... does not compute...404 error.....for gods sake must say something..........Luntz code booting.....War Bad....runtime error

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 02:17:02 AM PDT

  •  Perry's point of view on Gaza is abhorrent. But... (3+ / 0-)

    Perry's point of view on Gaza is abhorrent. But I fail to see the difference between his position and the vast majority of elected Democrats, including the president.

    •  imagine if Perry were POTUS (1+ / 0-)
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      We had a preview of what a winger would do in the ME with W.

    •  Sec. of State Kerry is trying to stop the violence (0+ / 0-)

      and he works on policies of President Obama.  President Obama did not call the killed Palestinians shields.  So there are differences in President Obama and Gov. Perry.  I find them significant.

      •  Perry is governor of Texas (0+ / 0-)

        and thus he has no role in setting US foreign policy (no matter his fantasies with idiotic stunts like sending the National Guard to the international border). Obama is president, and in that role, he is actively aiding, abetting, and supporting the slaughter in Gaza, all while hypocritically throwing up his hands, as if this were an act of nature. But the truth is that the Obama Administration actively supports this assault with intelligence and weapons and ammunition.

        "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

        by Lost Left Coaster on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 07:45:37 AM PDT

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  •  I wonder how many lives have been lost... (4+ / 0-)

    ...because shitbreath Perry and his Thug buddies have denied health care to thousands of Texans by refusing to expand Medicaid...

    Use your citizens as a shield much, Ricky?

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 04:40:59 AM PDT

  •  He is a VN era veteran which means he was (3+ / 0-)
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    Portlaw, Retroactive Genius, smiley7

    fortunate enough to land in a champagne unit to allow military service on paper without being too inconvenienced by the service.

    Since he seems to have no problem with various brown people dying as opposed to coming to the country to live, the fact that mounds of dead Palestinians do not distress him is not surprising.

    Since he associates with End Time advocates, it does not surprise me that he views Israel as "his sort of people" right or wrong.

    He is gearing up for another POTUS run in 2016.  He is second tier at best with only about 2% or less of GOP types supporting him I think (but then Jeb is also in the basement with Mitt the frontrunner)  My guess is after 2016, he slides into Newt & Sarah country on the third and fourth tier where he continues perennial runs to make his daily bread, sort of a winger Harold Stassen

    •  Fabulous! We get a re-run of The GOP Clown Car (1+ / 0-)
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      ...and who steps out of it at the end of the long and hilarious ride? Why, it's your favourite and mine, Mittens Thurston Howell Romney the 47th (%). I expect the eerily life-like Mittens will be just as amusing next time around.

      I don't know if my ribs can stand it, but by all means...bring it on.

      Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill

      by Retroactive Genius on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 05:15:34 AM PDT

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  •  Read this the other day; good background.... (0+ / 0-)

    ‘Human Shield’ Propaganda Used to Justify State-Sponsored Massacres for Decades

    an excerpt:

    There’s only one problem. Besides rockets found in an abandoned school, there’s been no evidence to back up the claim that is regurgitated without question across the media establishment. The pro-Israel talking point has been so repetitive that some critics, like Max Blumenthal have sarcastically suggested that “Hamas must be hiding rockets inside Palestinian children.”

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 06:10:44 AM PDT

  •  Former Ambassador to Israel on NPR (1+ / 0-)
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    last night, notice the use of 'human shield.'


    OREN: Well, let me firstay that the death of any civilian, whether Palestinian or Israeli, is deeply tragic, and whether the victim is a Palestinian or an Israeli, they're equally victims of Hamas. Hamas started this war. Hamas is using civilian population as a shield. It wants to maximize the number of Israeli civilians it kills. It wants to get Israel to kill the maximum number of Palestinian civilians so that the acts will evoke precisely those reactions from the U.N. Secretary-General and from the State Department.

    OREN: Israel has a responsibility to do the maximum within its capacity. Hamas - who use U.N. facilities - they will store rockets in U.N. facilities. We had three soldiers killed the other day in a U.N. medical clinic that was booby-trapped. They've fired out of schools. They've fired out of mosques for precisely this reason. Now this doesn't absolve Israel of the moral responsibility of doing the utmost to try to reduce civilian casualties. But ultimately, if Israel's being fired at from these institutions, Israel had no choice but to defend itself.

     Michael Oren is the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 06:18:27 AM PDT

  •  Rick Perry has very little credibility, but Elie (1+ / 0-)
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    Wiesel certainly does. His full-page ad in today's Wall Street Journal calls for Hamas to stop sacrificing its children. You may discredit Perry, but Wiesel has an authority about human suffering that you must listen to.  

    •  Being a Holocaust survivor does not confer... (0+ / 0-)

      ...omniscience or even, necessarily, wisdom.

      In 2010, Wiesel took out a full-page ad in The NYT and three other papers, three other newspapers criticizing the Obama administration for pressuring Netanyahu to halt East Jerusalem Israeli settlement construction.

      He was wrong then, he's wrong now.

      Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill

      by Retroactive Genius on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 08:45:18 AM PDT

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      •  But of course, from your lofty perch of wisdom (0+ / 0-)

        you can make these pronouncements of right and wrong.

        •  The fact that he chose Murdoch's vile... (0+ / 0-)

          ...neo-con rag to publish in tells the tale, doesn't it? I expect The NYT refused to publish it.

          Wiesel doesn't get a pass to say foolish things because he survived horrors, anymore than I get a pass to say foolish things because I survived combat. Moral authority does not  spring from suffering, anymore than rational analysis does.

           Besides, your wheeling out of that tired old argumentum ab auctoritate fallacy is a bit lame, don't you think?

          But thanks for playing.

          Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill

          by Retroactive Genius on Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 09:33:27 AM PDT

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  •  Rick Perry as a Military Genius (0+ / 0-)

    Rick Perry is portrayed as a military genius with plans to call up the Guard to defend the Alamo, or something to that effect.  The problem is, the Guard is still in Luckenbach or wherever they gather in times of imminent invasion by aliens armed with book bags and name tags.  Perry is said to be a man of action with superb leadership skills and fair-to-middling memory. Nevertheless, something has gone awry with his plan to, "secure the border".  

    It's beginning to look like Perry is having second thoughts, assuming he actually thought about it in the first place.  He now wants the Feds to pay for his plan to stop the onslaught of teen and pre-teen aliens at the border. But the Feds take a different view of the so-called, "crises". The question is, does Governor Perry actually intend to call up the Guard or is this just another stunt to make a Presidential longshot look strong and decisive?

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