| Rick Perry shows himself yet again to be George W Bush minus even W's infinitesimally small intellect. He once again demonstrates his phenomenal lack of knowledge in regard to foreign affairs and tendency to lapse into incoherent babbling and drooling when asked a question not easily answered by the standard ten second sound bytes and talking points supplied by his corporate leash holders.
And THIS is a person whom many... although fewer today that yesterday and hopefully more than tomorrow... think qualified to be the President of the United States? Perry would have to go back to school for four years to qualify as a rock.
Sourced from a Mark Thompson article in Time: Of Stupid Answers and Arms Sales
We don't dip our toes into domestic politics too much here on Battleland -- that's why TIME has Swampland. But sometimes we just can't resist. In Thursday night's debate, a questioner asked Texas Governor Rick Perry what he would do if he got a 3 a.m. phone call saying Pakistan's nukes had fallen into the hands of the Taliban. His answer, in toto:
Well, obviously before you ever get to that point, you have to build a relationship in that region. That's one of the things that this administration has not done. Just yesterday, we found out through Admiral Mullen that Haqqani has been involved with, and that's a terrorist group, directly associated with the Pakistani country. To have a relationship with India, to make sure that India knows that they are an ally of the United States. For instance, when we had the opportunity to sell India the upgraded F-16s, we chose not to do that. We did the same thing with Taiwan. The point is, our allies need to understand clearly that we are their friends, we will be standing by there with them. Today, we don't have those allies in that region that can assist us if that situation that you talked about were to become a reality.
This guy flew planes for the Air Force? He wants to be President? His baffling, incomprehensible non-answer is akin to what Winston Churchill said of Russia: it's a riddle in a mystery inside an enigma. Apparently, the only way to keep Pakistan's nukes out of Taliban hands is to sell them upgraded Texas-built F-16 jet fighters. Alas -- Pakistan already has Texas-built F-16 fighters, and they've been upgraded -- see here, here, here, and here.
What is it with Texas repubicans? They give us perhaps the most disconnected, ignorant and intellectually incurious president in the history of the country, the one that was well on his way to going down in history as the Worst. President. Ever.
Then four years later, they serve up perhaps the only politician in the country even more disconnected, ignorant and intellectually incurious than Bush was... at least if we discount Michele Bachmann, which we obviously can now.
Why does every candidate the GOP presents (seriously) for our consideration... the ones they all jump up and down and cheer for, anyway... have to be thoroughly evil, terminally stupid or a combination of both?