Turkey responds to Perry remarks
January 17th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

Turkey responds to Perry remarks

By Ivan Watson and Yesim Comert

Turkey's foreign ministry condemned Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday for saying that Turkey was a "country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists."

Perry made the statement during a spirited debated between Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina Monday night.

Most of Turkey was fast asleep during the live broadcast, and Turkish newspapers had already gone to print by the time Perry declared that Turkey had moved "far away from the country I lived in back in the 1970s United States Air Force. That was our ally that worked with us, but today we don't see that."

The Texas governor also argued that it was time for Washington to cut foreign aid to Ankara.

A spokesman for Turkey's foreign ministry fired back Tuesday, accusing Perry of making "baseless and improper claims."

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, Selcuk Unal said presidential candidates should "be more informed about the world and be more careful their statements."

"The unfortunate views of Perry are not shared in any case by Republican party supporters, considering the weak support he has received in public polls and primary elections," Unal concluded.

Top Turkish government officials were unavailable for comment Tuesday, with many of them in Northern Cyprus for the funeral of veteran Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, but the country's largely-tabloid press wasted no time in responding to the comments on websites early Tuesday morning.

"The debate that the Republican candidate Rick Perry attended on American Fox TV turned into a scandal that contained very ugly statements about Turkey," announced TRT state television.

"Rick Perry: what an idiot," tweeted Mustafa Akyol, a columnist with the English-language Hurriyet Daily news. The Hurriyet newspaper also posted a video on its website of Perry drawing a blank in the middle of a prior debate, forgetting in mid-sentence which was the third of three government departments he would cut if elected president.

Perry's remarks came on the same day a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman announced that a new NATO radar station, manned by Turkish and American military personnel, went online this month in the Turkish province of Malatya. The radar station is part of a controversial U.S.-led missile defense shield that both Russia and Iran have publicly opposed.

For more than 50 years, Turkey has been the only Muslim member of the NATO military alliance.

Ankara's relationship with Washington has been turbulent over the last decade, with sharp divisions emerging after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

But that relationship has improved dramatically over the last several years. Turkey has commanded the NATO mission in Afghanistan four times over the last decade, and the United States shares real-time intelligence from aerial drones for the Turkish military's ongoing war with rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, who operate along the mountainous border between Turkey and Iraq.


Filed under: Hot Spot Dispatch • NATO • Terrorism • Turkey
soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Arrakis

    Perry can see Cuba from his house!

    January 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Lefty2guns

      We all know by now that Rick Perry is intellectually challenged. He's a lot better then 15% tax man Mitt Romney. I dislike his smugness.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  2. Alison

    Turkish embassy responds to Rick Perry: "Needless to say, the Turkey described in the debate simply does not exist. Turkey is obviously not the same country that Governor Perry visited in the 1970s. As an accession country to the European Union and a founding member of the Council of Europe, Turkey has been continuously reviewing and enhancing the rights of all its citizens irrespective of their ethnic or religious background. Moreover, Turkey is now the 16th largest economy in the world, and the 6th biggest economy in Europe enjoying one of the most robust growth rates in its region and beyond. Its democratic standards, its economic strength, and its secular nature make Turkey an inspiration at a time when the Middle East and North Africa are undergoing a major transformation"

    January 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  3. Patriot Awesome

    Thank goodness Perry isn't going to be our next president. He's like a dumb version of Bush and that's a scary thing.

    January 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  4. Screwed in Texas

    Perry-Schettino 2012

    CAPTAINS of the Universe, abandon ship.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  5. JT

    As a Turkish American, this was a major WTF moment for me when the Fox News host threw out this question. The question itself was worded (and loaded) to make Turkey sounds like Iran or the Taliban. Perry fell right into the trap due to his lack of knowledge of the Middle East and gave an answer that fit the question. In fact, the question itself was not much of a question, it was more of a statement. This is why whoever wrote this question deserves part of the blame. Perry threw out words that he probably studied for answering questions about Iran and Syria. I just don't understand why Fox News included this question and made it sound like Turkey has become a place led by terrorists who like to murder women. Despite its recent disagreements with Israel, Turkey has been a friend of the US and Israel for a very long time. It's unfortunate that all of that history can be wiped out clean, at least in the eyes of uninformed people watching the debate, with the curious question set up by Fox News.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      I totally agree with the part that the host asking the question had an apparent intention of this coming but I don't find it as harmful as Perry's comments are. He was just doing what a journalist does, igniting the fire and intelligence being Perry's not strongest aspect. he fell into the trap.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • KaraOK

      Turkey still denies culpability in the Armenian Genocide (heck, it is illegal to talk about in Turkey!). Cut off their aid and watch them turn into Libya, Syria, etc.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        Before you make ridiculous remarks, do you even know how much aid Turkey gets each year? I would be shocked if you did.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Jim

        Alison, quick! Go to Wikipedia and find the answer.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Alison

        Unfortunately, the last time Turkey got an aid from the US was back in 80s under the Marshall plan which purported to help both Turkey and Greece. So out of the cope of this story, what you said holds credible as much as Perry can count up to three.

        – Let's cut the foreign aid of Turkey!
        – Ummm.. Sir we do not give them any aid. The last one was in 80s.
        – I should take more B12 pills..!

        January 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • BlackSea

        Just for clairification, it is not illegal to talk about Armenian Genocide in Turkey, almost everyweek there is a debate program about the subject on the TV, debated by historians. It is France who puts people into jail if one denies the existence of genocide. So Turkey is in a much democratic position about Genocide compared to rather non-egalitarian tendecies of France.

        January 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  6. stormy miller

    mr. perry seems to make a habit of saying stupid, idiotic, and baseless statements. i am so glad that he will never be president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    January 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  7. eatmybird

    The guy has a single digit approval rating.He's completely irrelevant!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  8. Screwed in Texas

    The Republican Party of God, setting the US up for a big fall. Divine leaders show the way.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  9. Sal

    It's comments like his that gets us into wars! The republicans are good at that! 

    January 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Neeneko

      Nah, comments like that do nothing other then act as talking points in other political campaigns.

      Generally anyone who works in international diplomacy knows to pretty much ignore stuff designed to get votes from locals, such things are not worth going to war over because both sides know they are just bullshitting to get approval/votes.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
      • Screwed in Texas

        WMD

        January 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Jake

    so an absolute idiot is running for President with nobody in America taking any interest...and he's causing an International Incident? how's that for dangerous!?

    January 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  11. Hobbs

    And Perry wants to be our President... Please, dear Lord, do not let this happen. I'm tebowing.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • bubbashrimp

      Keep Tebowing, With freinds like Turkey, who needs enemies? Try, mass murders of the Armenians, Kurds and others, Failure to let their NATO Ally (US) use their bases to launch a northern invasion of Iraq, Murder of the Christain community of Turkey, threats to Israel of using Turkish Military to "escort" of Armada, etc. There is a long list of issues with Turkey, they are now pursuing a course to moving toward the radical Islamists. That is how the ruling party plans to stay in power.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • Alison

        I felt like I was watching a bollywood made cheap action movie with a mouth of washed away statements. We should establish a hotline where Perry and his fellows can call during enema of information.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • Ben

        No. The Armenian massacre, while tragic, was a century ago. The murder of Christians is neither common nor government-sponsored. Your comments are not honest or reliable. Turkey is the most moderate of Islamic nations.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • LeRoy_Was_Here

        Darned Tootin! Any country that ain't willin' to allow us to use their country as a base for launching an unjustified invasion of a third country is our enemy, too!! We shoulda invaded Turkey first, and THEN invaded Iraq! Yer either with us or aginst us!

        January 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Chuck

        Where do you get your info from, Faux News? Do you call label Spain as a terrorist country for wiping out the latin american indigenous culture? Why don't you label the white man a terrorist for destroying the native americans? Agreed that the Turkish still question whether the genocide took place, but you are insisting that the sons pay for the sins of the forefathers. I worked in Turkey (Istanbul) for an year back in '08, and found it to be much more cosmopolitan and stylish even compared to NYC. For a State which is built on Islamic fundamentals, it is remarkably secular country with the youth tuned into the current global trends.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  12. Rsprings

    What Perry said is likely true. It just isn,t diplomatic to say it. Oops!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Hobbs

      Uh oh. Somebody didn't read the entire article. Oops.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  13. Weapons Of Mass Distortion

    Jonathan Pollard, zionist American Traitor ha-ha I'm soon to be free!

    They are coming to get you.........BOO !!!!!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  14. Screwed in Texas

    Texas has been by led by this idiot for 10+ years.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  15. Patriot

    Heard it live and realized Perry had no clue about Turkey, its politics, its position in the world today. You could 've swtiched the word to Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, India and he would have responded exactly the same way.
    What a disaster – the only smart guy in the crowd Mr. Huntsman was booted out – goes to show what has become of the GOP.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      Well, Jon Huntsman said he "believed in evolution" and "trusted the scientists on global warming". Sorry, but that's just plain BLASPHEMY in today's Know-Nothing Republican Party.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Karl Rove, can you please shut your pet lap dog up? The rest of the country would appreciate it.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  17. JOE

    I'll give you three reasons why I dont like Turkey. Well, when I remember what's my third reason for hating Turkey is, I'll tell you what the first and second reasons are. Texan moron!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      very well said...

      January 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  18. Sal

    And I would also add that anyone who votes for a republican candidate in November is an idiot! 

    January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Rsprings

      enjoy your welfare.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • KARL

        The big corporations...so called job creators do, so why not the rest of us?

        January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • Hobbs

        Enjoy your sanctimonious ignorance.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • soporifix

        I don't get welfare. See, I'm not a billionaire banker or corn farmer or beef rancher.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Sal

    Debt to parick perry! 

    January 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  20. Sambo

    While I completely disagree with Perry's characterization of Turkey I would like to switch the
    focus to Bret Baier's question. The question itself was very loaded in and deserves to be
    scrutinized, it was almost formulated to get an answer like Rick Perry's. What is it wirth
    Beier?

    January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Hobbs

      Wirth? There's that conservative brilliance...

      January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • John H ATL

      The thing to remember about Brett is that he works for Roger Ailes and Fox News. It's called pandering to the Boss.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • excitizen

      Sambo, the bar is set too low already – do you really want to set it even lower. If a candidate for POTUS cannot answer a loaded question, then what are we supposed to do? Give them colouring books and analyse the colours they use? For crying out loud!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  21. buckthorn

    To say that Perry is both an idiot and a fool would be giving him too much credit. But what's even more sad is that there are probably many people that would nod their head in agreement with him. Never underestimate the American electorate's capacity for stupidity.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Pdiddy

      Amen.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  22. Russ

    Through their own words, the Republican candidates will knock themselves and each other off. Eventually, only Romney will be left standing, but he will be so damaged that he won't win in the fall. Go Obama.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  23. artrain

    For more amazing information from the Gov.....

    http://www.houstonpress.com/microsites/shit-rick-perry-does/

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  24. Mike

    I seriously doubt Rick Perry could even locate Turkey on a map!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  25. excitizen

    People of Texas – next election PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get out and vote in someone with a brain!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • DCB

      We've tried, believe me. Sometimes the big ship of state drifts on, powered by its own inertia, until finally it gets too close to shore, hits a big rock, and keels over - in this case during a national debate.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  26. Concerned

    Someone should ask Mr. Perry, how come (despite his strong views) he has allowed the radical muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to open large numbers of charter schools in Texas, where teachers brought in from Turkey teach and indoctrinate young chidlren. How does this fit into his ultra-Christian view of the world. Maybe they paid enough for him to look the other way...

    January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • excitizen

      oops! your hatred and ignorance is showing!!! Sounds like you're a Perry guy all the way.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  27. Sal

    Someone should put prick perry out of his misery if you know what I mean. I am a poor speller too! 

    January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • bubbashrimp

      The FBI will soon be knocking on your door for that threat.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  28. Papabear

    Perry speaks volumes for the intelligence of Texas voters. Almost as bad as the country re-electing GWB.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • max

      Perry, unfortunately, represents a small but very paranoid segment of American society.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  29. Atheros

    Wow. He put his foot in his mouth again. I hope Turkey understands that we just have to
    apologize for our Texas politicans constantly ...

    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  30. John H ATL

    This was an incredibly bad moment for Perry–who has had so many. I suppose the fact that he was in Turkey way back when he was in the AF makes him an expert. Turkey has been and still is a valuable ally for the US and NATO. It is one of only 5 countries willing to station a part of the US-developed missile defense system on their soil. Turkey has withstood major push back from Iran on this commitment. Turkey has been pressuring Syria more that any other neighboring Arab country on the atrocities being committed by the Assad regime . Turkey is certainly locked in an internal struggle between the supporters of a democratic, secular government and the supporters of theocracy–but we in the US are also divided along those lines, witness Mr. Perry's appeal to the Taliban wing of the GOP. This comment by Perry just further illustrates that he is totally incapable of serious thought. He would be a disaster as President.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      You are absolutely right. Good comment.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  31. Yasin Bektasoglu

    Once I heard this message I was truely upset. I am Turkish my self and I am prowd of my country as it is the most peacefull muslum country in the middle east, and for him to say we are Terrorists was just simply inappropriate. I have always respected the USA, I seen it as a wonderfull country, with a priesedent that is so intellegent and does do America the justice it deserves. To be honest if that is the opinion of us Turks in america , i have no respect for you guys.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • John H ATL

      You have every right to be offended. He doesn't speak for many in the US.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • KARL

      Yasin, if you respect America, as I believe you do, then you must understand that Perry's idiotic statement is just that...idiotic. I believe the majority of American respect the country of Turkey for the number of American visitors continues to be many.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      Ortadogu ne alaka?

      January 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      I have visited your lovely homeland and plan to go back and see more. Perry speaks for a VERY small (and paranoid and ignorant) group of people in this country. Our apologies to you and all Turkish citizens.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • mb2010a

        I most heartily agree...

        January 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • DCB

      Hey Yasin,

      There are ignorant people everywhere, including in this country. Some of them make it into the international news. But the polls show that Perry's failings are obvious and have crippled his candidacy. This is how it works (or should) in our system.

      I am one Texan who knows recent history and admires Turkey's unique, balanced approach to the Middle East region and to diplomacy in general. Your country's efforts give me hope that reason might yet prevail in your part of the world.

      Best wishes to you.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Do Not Disassemble

      Yasin,

      Big friendly hello from America.
      Even we have our "idiots".

      January 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  32. Mike B

    Perry is desperate for attention. He also said that if elected President he would re-invade Iraq. In the next debate, I expect him to set his hair on fire.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Do Not Disassemble

      With all that mouse and makeup,
      thats gonna be one heck of a fire.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  33. dreamer96

    Turkey please pay no attention to our GOP candidates...They're nuts..

    but this does bring up the point that if a Republican is elected President, the whole world will declare the U.S. nuts for electing him....and stop dealing with us...so we have an internal threat to our National Security as a Nation...The GOP candidates, the Tea Party, All members of Congress that signed the Grover Norquist pledge,...and Grover Norquist...that's just great..

    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  34. Done with the Teapug Party Poopers

    Wake up call. Turkey is a sovereign nation free to govern itself as it wishes! Perry needs to pull his head out and look up foreign policy in Webster’s! I'm sure it doesn't mean insult your allies while trying to defend your stupid racist selfish greedy statements in a political race you are losing!! There was a time Pres. Obama felt he needed to apologize to countries around the world for just such comments that slithered out of the mouth of his predecessor. Apparently we need to do so again. So sorry country of Turkey. Please feel free to govern yourself. We PROMISE we will not allow another ‘turkey’ from Texas to lead this country. Please forgive us our stumbles as we learn how to be adults and learn to work together, something some people (teapublicans) love to point out when others don’t do so, yet seem incapable of doing so themselves. God bless our planet!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • sonny chapman

      "You should never argue with a crazy man, man,man..."-Billy Joel.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  35. Sal

    The republican party would just keep getting us into one war after another if the voters put a republican president in office again! 

    January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Artgirl52

      Not if Ron Paul is elected!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • excitizen

      that's right – Ron Paul would have us killing each other instead.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  36. middleman

    This type of talk is red meat for the GOP, but emboldens the hardliners in the middle east. W Bushwacker pulled the rug out from under moderates with his saber rattling. Perry is such a dunce. Romney's policy stance is no better.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • excitizen

      The only hope for a reasonable and electable republican left the race with Huntsman – as a liberal this scares the heck out of me! Perry should be muzzled immediately for the sake of national security!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
      • DCB

        What he said.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Do Not Disassemble

        Perry would probably like the muzzle,
        Maybe some leather chaps and a whip.
        Giddy up cowboy !

        January 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  37. Eric of Reseda

    STUNNING! Just stunning that Republicans aren't booing this guy off every stage he steps onto. Turkey is about as likely to become another Iran as the U.S. Sure, Islamists have a strong voice there. Islam has many faithful in Turkey, and they are naturally included in the political process. But the Turks will smash radical Islam should it dare to show it's face there. Do not confuse the Turks with the rest of the Middle Eastern sheep that have sacrificed their destinies to radical Islam.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  38. ja

    i lilken most of the gop canidates to terrorist, some terrorist hide behind pinstripe suits, lapel crosses and flags

    January 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  39. Earnest T Bass

    Won't anybody help us with Iran? I mean Pakistan? I mean?

    January 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  40. howie

    MIDNIGHT EXPRESS !! If you haven't seen that movie – its all you need to know about Turkey.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      It should be why the director apologized to Turkey for producing such a deceit movie about the country. No no if you want to know about Turkey, you should watch Winnie the Pooh!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • mediagal

      You are ignorant.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • John H ATL

      Let's see that move was made what...about 30+ years ago, yeah that sounds pretty current and apropos to me. Jeez, the Movies "Animal House" and "Grease" came out about the same time–do they tell you everything you need to know about the US? Today? Oh wait...maybe they do...

      January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • larisa

      MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WESTERN DRUG DEALERS!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • soporifix

      Yeah, all we need to know about Turkey is what you saw in a movie once. Sounds like one child got left behind.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Ugur

      Yes you should definitely get your facts from a 20, 30 year old Hollywood movie about a drug smuggler. Reading and actually doing research takes too much intellect and time. Why not just watch a Hollywood movie instead..Btw even the drug smuggler himself admitted later on that the movie had no resemblance to what his real story was and that it was scripted by Hollywood to get more viewers. But hey I am sure that getting all your information from Faux or Hollywood movies works very conveniently for you intelligence level..

      January 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  41. Steve

    I'm not sure he is the most qualified for the role, but let me tell you something – he came out with a bold and correct statement – and he is right! Turkey is a country heavily dependent on tourism, so for all those people who say it's such a nice, pretty, secular country, wake up and smell the brutality. The country has a proven record of supressing its population, and repressing freedom of expression (unless you want to go to one of their nice jails). Terrible human rights record. Do you really think all our friends in the world are worthy of defending just because we see them as strategicaly positioned in the world?

    January 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • ken

      You are right on.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • 2tired2care

      You could say the same things about the U.S.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Alison

      Rather than spitting so called facts here, speak on the grounds of reality. What you are doing here is no different than what Perry did, speaking from your guts about what you've heard about the country. Most imprisoned journalists in the world, oh my back, just google "imprisoned journalists" and see the shades of gray in China, Iran, etc. You are just using the prejudgments of people here. I highly doubt even if you know where Turkey is located. Sorry to burst your bubble but I had to...

      January 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • unhanon

      But of course the issue is not whether or not Turkey is perfect, or even "good". Gov. Perry's quote was that the country has "moved far away" from where it was in the '70's, and that it was "ruled by what many would perceive to be as Islamic terrorists".
      The fact is that for the past 15 years, Turkey has allowed individual petitions against it to the European Court of Human Rights. Meanwhile, the US refused to hold itself accountable to any other world judicial bodies. Turkey has not sentenced anyone to capital punishment since 1984, and has officially outlawed it since 2004. Gov. Perry has himself overseen 234 cases of capital punishment as Governor of Texas.
      While Turkey does not have a perfect human rights record, on at least some metrics it does better than the US does.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  42. Cody

    Turkey has plenty of issues, but we can use all the Muslim allies we can get. They've shown to be relatively moderate, and it's in our best interest to keep them close.

    Also, I think we all knew fairly early on we'd be doomed if Perry was elected. He can probably see Mexico from his back porch, which gives him all the international experience he has ever had.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • tim

      Not sure why you think they are an ally worth defending. I guess you are also ok with defending murderers, rapists and criminals. Have you read their human rights record lately?

      January 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Pdiddy

        By your argument, we shouldn't support our own country, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Brazil.... Would you like me to list every country on Earth? We have murderers, rapists, thieves. Some of them even were wearing a uniform when they committed the crime. During WWII, we locked thousands of Japanese that were U.S. citizens in internment camps. Let ye without sin cast the first stone.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  43. mojonaamdi

    I take back everything bad I said about Sarah Palin. She may not be smarter than a 5th grader, but she is at least smarter than the current Republican candidates for President of the USA.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  44. mojonaamdi

    At least Sarah Palin was good to look at. These dumbos have nothing going fo rthem.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  45. cedaly1968

    Dear Turkey,

    No worries, we got this.

    America

    January 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  46. Coach Lew

    Perry is not quite all there with some of his remarks but then again some are not that far off center either.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  47. kahuna

    "be more informed about the world and be more careful their statements."

    That seems to be the weak suit of most of the Right.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  48. shoegazer

    Perry/Cain 2012...... the dream ticket of comedians worldwide.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  49. Alison

    Perry is such a M0R0N!!! It seriously angers me how downright stupid and uninformed he is.

    "In a statement e-mailed to CNN, Selcuk Unal said presidential candidates should 'be more informed about the world and be more careful their statements.'" Duh.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  50. Jeff in Oregon

    Hard to believe Texas has let another village idiot leave the state. There is something wrong with the South.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • qwedie

      The South! Texas prides it'self as a country inside the US. I understand the South comment but I don't like it. Like Yankee go home, not very nice.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Marie

      I live in Texas. Please keep Rick Perry away from us.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  51. qwedie

    Even a Turkey should know that Perry is just not right in the head.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  52. Gary

    Do not feed the troll (Vivian Shue)

    January 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Do Not Disassemble

      Sometimes if you feed the trolls enough, they explode.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  53. BinMesa

    If you magnified Perry's brain 10,000 times it would still rattle in a nat's arse like a bb in a boxcar. Mr Perry please go back to texas where you may appear to have a brain. Lord protect me from your followers!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  54. Bill

    Perry is a pathetic hold-out in what is a pretty much done deal for the GOP. But he's right in that Turkey is showing signs of going with the radical Islamists and that can only mean an anti-western situation there too. We need to remember in all this that for these folks what their religion dictates transcends all common sense so they blindly buy the anti-western stuff, and they contuinue to thrive on the bickering and violence that their religion has always been noted for.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Brandon

      Hey Bill, when was the last time you read the Q'ran? I'm just wondering if you're repeating nonsense and regional tribal laws that have been branded by western media as "Islam," or if you're basing your views on the actual teachings of the Q'ran and the Hadith.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Alison

      It's total nonsense to believe Turkey is becoming an islamic state. One has to visit and see with their own eyes to believe what I've experienced there. It might not be the best example of wisdom but while you can drink freely on the streets in Turkey, said to be Islamic, if you do the same here you would get fined up to $200. This doesn't sound very radical to me. People should not let their prejudgments be used to vilify a country.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • soporifix

      As opposed to Christians, who eat their god's body and drink his blood.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  55. Pishaw

    The rest of the world could rightly claim that the United States is more and more controlled by Christian fascists. At any rate, the world shouldn't care what Perry says. He's just a redneck.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • TOM

      He may be an idiot – but is is absolutely correct about Turkey !!!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • CTYank

        The likelihood of Perry being "absolutely right" about anything is zero. What orifice do you pull your info from?

        January 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
      • Mary

        Have you been to Turkey? This question and statement is obviously trap. Thus, it showed why the Fox Tv chose Perry as a victim.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
      • Pdiddy

        TOM must be Rick Perry. He is the only one that is ignorant enough to swallow and enjoy the bullsh!t spewing from his mouth. Completely uninformed and ingorant. Can I say ignorant again? Yes, you are ingorant.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • Do Not Disassemble

        Turkey is just fine.
        We bump heads with Turkery, we bump heads with France,
        at the end of the day we are still allies.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Jim Fawcett

      As a Texan, most people I know think Perry is a complete buffoon, even those who keep voting for him. Not sure what this says about our political system, but it's kind of scary when a person who, and even the most fervent Perry fan, considers him a moron, yet continues to vote him in to office. Go figure!!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • manyote

        Must be that Teaxas heat. LIke the one from this last July when we drove across it. Whew! It was so hot it was cool.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • barry setoro

      If you think that turkey is that big bird at thanksgiving,and its not your friend....you might be a redneck

      January 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  56. Paul

    And yet people continue to give him money. Hard to believe there are some Americans so afraid of getting to know the actual people who live in the world beyond our borders that they listen to this guy's doomsday, be-afraid-of-everything rhetoric.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Frankie

      Perry/Cain for 2012?

      January 17, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  57. Liam Thomas

    I woudn't call the Turkish goverment terrorist but the country is run by islamists turning against the west. No doubt.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Angel

      We have homemade terrorists in Congress that damaging this country more then any other terrorists around the world.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  58. CHhrisINF

    I agree that Perry is a moron. However, do not think for one moment that Turkey isn't sliding in the wrong direction when it comes to extreme Islam, do some research of your own folks. On another topic, why is it that EVERY time a white citizen disagrees with one of President Obama's policies we are called racists? I would consider myself to be liberal on most issues but I do not agree with every one of President Obama's policies, again, why does this necessarily make me a racist? It is getting rediculous.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Feh

      I don't know anyone that labels people who disagree with Obama as racist. I do know of however, of a lot of talk show hosts and such that have claimed that's what happens.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Beau

      Having just visited Turkey for my first time in October I don't see what these people are talking about. It is a wonderful country and very western. I have travelled all around the world. Turkey is a very friendly place. I'm a white, Canadian, Jew and I was treated better in Turkey than I am treated by our neighbors to the south, the United States. I think Perry has continued to show ignorance of not only the world but also his own campaign with consistent mistakes. I wouldn't claim to be a democrat or a republican but I can say with certainty that Perry and Santorum clearly would not act in the best interests of the United States, North America, or the world at large.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Not2Blue

      If you're not a racist you're a liar. Nobody calls anybody a racist if they disagree with Obama. This tired old claim needs to be thrown in the scrap pile along with "Obama is a socialist", "Obama is a Muslum" and "Obama was born in Africa". Name names or shutup!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Jermaine Smith

      You are not a racist! You just have a point of view. If someone can not respect that, they should look should not debate politics. P.S. I am a young black man!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  59. Abdul

    Turkey use to be secular, now turning towards Islam. He's right.....

    January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Iraq used to be secular; Sadam had good control over the clerics. GW improved on this. Now Iraq will be like Iran or Saudi. Great job WG.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Jake

      You have no idea what you're talking about.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  60. deepthunk

    “First, the cruise ship's lights went out. Confusion quickly turned to panic as the ship began to list, and passengers scrambled for their lives.”
    Oops, I’m sorry, I thought that quote was about the Perry campaign.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  61. MCR

    It is true that Turkey has moved towards supporting some extremist positions but is still an ally and while it is far from perfect, it is the most western-leaning of all Islamic countries. It's a relationship filled with subtleties and complexities that are, apparently, too much for Perry's little brain to grasp, so he simplified and distorted the issue.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Dawn

      I agree!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Nina Nur

      You are so right. There is a vast divide between a government that encourages religion and Islamic Terroirsts, for goodness sake. I was enraged when I read what he wrote, because I, too, have lived in Turkey and it is a fine country with wonderful people. I calmed down when I realized I was being agitated by such a loser as Rick Perry.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • cog in the wheel

      Many will remember that, prior to invading Iraq, the GW Bush administration offered to pay Turkey $billions if they'd allow the US lto launch their Iraqi invasion from Turkey. They refused and advised against the invasion. The Bush admin ignored Turkey's advice and bombed Iraq back to the Stone Age. A decade later, nearly everyone agrees the Iraq invasion was a huge mistake. Perhaps it's time to listen more closely to one of the few secular governments in the Arab world?

      January 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  62. John Gabriel

    "Rick Perry: what an idiot," tweeted Mustafa Akyol.

    And this is only a euphemism Mr. Akyol. The United States is run by religious dimwits and more-ons.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  63. BLKmanWHOvotes

    Perry is clearly a dumb typical white-bread saltine. I'm suprised that he even has a clue as to where Turkey is located. The man is just plain stupid! He needs to shut the hole in his face!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • John Gabriel

      The only reason any republican candidate would win the presidency is racism. As a white male just over 50, I don't think Obama has done a great job, but he is getting my vote because the white men he is running against are nut jobs.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • CommonCents

      You aren't no better than them with the name calling but I can agree that Perry need not run any longer. He can't keep making things up that is how we got into the Iraq war isn't it!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  64. unretired05

    So much for the Texas version of textbooks.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
  65. Reasonably

    And Perry wants to be President? Stop being a shock-jock and act Presidential for starters. This rates right up with Cain's Uzbeki-beki-stan-stan comments.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
  66. suleimanthemagnificent

    This backwoods hick would alienate one of our strongest Muslim allies? Turkey is on a path to be a regional leader and is becoming a very strong economic power. And what's more, they are a member of NATO! They are our friend. Rick Perry will never become president.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
  67. ckarke

    Wel Perry is nat a very bright person.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  68. Cindy

    It was a big know-nothing swaggering Republican that got us attacked on 9-11. It could happen again.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • not cindy

      excuse me?? I believe we were the target of attacks well before 9-11.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
  69. Roderick

    This is another example of Rick Perry not being ready for prime time. This guy is half idiot and with him or Newt or Romney as President, can you imagine the mess they would make around the world. Imagine this, Romney flip floping, giving his word to a country and then taking it back, Newt, offending an entire country with his name calling and ego maniac attitude (I bet he would call the soviets a "welfare country". The there is dumb a– Rick Perry, claiming everbody is at war with us, only to not remember whom they are. Man, what a bunch of idiots, no wonder we fell into a great recession with these fools party running the country from 2000 t0 2008.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Florha

      Amen.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Batman

      He may be am idiot but what he said about turkey is true....it has switched to Islamism and it has more journalists in jail than other countries.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • Alison

        It's bullshit: http://www.cpj.org/imprisoned/2011.php

        January 17, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • soporifix

        He said Turkey is run by terrorists. If you think that's "true" you're dumber than Perry.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  70. Girl

    I've been to Turkey, and I doubt the Perry has ever been there. By his comments one can see that he's a Xenophobic and not educated in any international affairs.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Has you actually read the article, you would have learned that he was there in the 1970s, stationed at a USAF base. Still, he is clearly insane.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • GTA

        I doubt that Rick Perry spent too much time off the airbase during his time in Turkey. And even if he did, that was almost forty years ago.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:45 am |
      • WhoIsItReally

        The US staff in Turkey rarely leave their nicely fenced area of mini US that they have built for themselves. Living there and eating cheeseburgers all day you cannot really claim that you have lived in another culture. Ask Perry about bulgur and ayran and shish kebab. If he can answer, then he truly lived there. :)

        January 17, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Retired Army in San Antonio

      Actually, Perry has been there as a member of the Air Force.

      THAT, however and very obviously, doesn't mean that he has a clue as to what he's talking about.

      Bottom line, the previous Texas Governor was a genius compared to Perry.....and we all know what an idiot THAT guy was.....

      January 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • Alison

        Coming from Perry, I highly doubt he really meant to be in Turkey, it could be he only flied over Turkey by his single motor plane and added it to his list of countries visited.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  71. Ali Baba

    You ALL are morons! Rick Perry is one of the smartest persons I know. He would be a great president. In fact, he would be equivalent to George Washington, Abe Lincoln, FDR and JFK. Only Rick Perry can deliver this country from evil. I say grab your bibles and march on for Rick Perry.

    Ali Baba
    Patient# 5369
    Cedar Hall Mental Hospital

    January 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Chemack56

      Tee-hee, you're funny Ali!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • John Gabriel

      I got a short smile out of your comment. You had me worried for a millisecond!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • OnTheRoad

      As a Texan, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for allowing Mr. Perry to run free about the nation! I realize that we should not allowed him to leave the grounds of the Cedar Hall Mental Hospital!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • eatmybird

      LOL- HEY ALI BABA !GOOGLE ,"RICK PERRY" AND ,"MOVIE GALLERY", THEN GET BACK TO US

      January 17, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • artrain

        http://www.houstonpress.com/microsites/shit-rick-perry-does/

        January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  72. francezska

    Perry's comments are irrelevant. PERRY is dumb as a PIECE of rock. His intelligence level is that of squirrel at best. And his analysis comes from a bunch of lobby groups that feed him lies and he just soaks it up and spits it out like a typical dummy that the lobby groups want in power.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • MCR

      You really shouldn't insult rocks like that ;-)

      January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        I forgave Texas for the first idiot.
        Once was enough.
        Hey.......TEXAS......you missing something ?????

        January 17, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • Lucy

        Or squirrels...

        January 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Piranha Soup

      Rocks are much smarter.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  73. John

    To the world in general: I apologize that we let brain-dead persons run for office in this country. Be assured we do it just for the sport, and try seriously to select the best in the end. We have failed at times. We have done well at times. We are only human.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Girl

      Now I know why some people don't vote, who wants to encourage these doorknobs.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • Frankie

        You just offended my doorknobs!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  74. lolo

    All these republicans want to do is keep wars going and their stupid base do not see the writing on the wall. The nerve of them talking about cutting spending. They are nothing but hypocrits who wants everyone to do as they say but not as they do. And the pinheads on here talking about President Obama being a Muslim need to get a grip on reality. Don't blame him for the mess that for years has been swept under the rug by previous presidents. Just tell the truth that you want him out of the white house because he is a black man. Don't think that the true Americans are not reading between your racist talks on national TV. We can see your true colors. Also quit believing the hype that the GOP/TP party is throwing out there. It is all nothing but racist lies. For White people to claim that they are the powerful race they sure do act like idiots.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • mendrys

      You were on point until you brought race into the mix. Sure enough Obama has detractors who are racist but the large majority of his detractors are more concerned that he's a democrat and isn't afflicted with islamaphobia.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Pdiddy

      I am a Texan and I am truly embarrassed and pissed that he represents our fine state. Please don't hold it against the those of us that have brains and can see beyond the narcissism and sound bights. He will say anything to get elected and not live up to any of it. The only thing he is good at is consolidating power. Unfortunately, he did nothing positive with it. Nothing that actually moved the state forward. Fortunately for us, the governor is a weak position in Texas so he wasn't able to completely ruin the state.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
      • Feh

        Name one other politician that wouldn't do the exact same thing. (Here's your opportunity Paul supporters)

        January 17, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • drg

        I too am from Texas and I too am mortified that this man claims to represent the people of Texas. He won his last election because voter turn out was 28%. The thing that infuriates me is that he continues this pointless and embarrassing campaign and Texas taxpayers pick up his $400K/month security tab while his $10K/month rental that we also pay for sits empty. It is men like Perry that makes the rest of the world believe that America is arrogant and a bully. Comments like these are the kinds of statements that give Jihadists the green light to kill Americans. Please stop the madness.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • CommonCents

      Pullin the race card! No one cares that Obama is black except for you. Get to the real issue, they are blaming him for everything that is going on that was done by the people before him. So, in essence the wrong guy is getting blamed for most of the problems we are facing which George Bush or Bill Clinton screwed up ie. economy or war issues!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  75. sad65

    Perry must be the biggest idiot on the face of the earth, clearly the dude has nothing to offer.
    How can people of Texas have him as a governor of their state???????

    January 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Here&Now

      The good foks in Minnesota and Alaska might agree in general with you, but take issue in particular Sad.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Florha

      I wondered the same, Sad.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  76. coriolana

    And Turkey said, "gobble gobble gobble gotcha for Thanksgiving, fool!"

    January 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  77. Pdiddy

    Rick – You are an embarrassment to the fine state of Texas. Please go away. Your comments regarding Turkey show how ignorant, uniformed, and narcissistic you are. I would say do your research before you open your mouth but that concept is completely foreign to you. I make it a point to stay very informed about geopolitics and recently visited Turkey. Turks are very welcoming to Americans. Their country is very secular with christians, Jews, and Muslims calling it home. It is more secular then the U.S. When other countries were turning away Jews (including the U.S.) Turkey welcomed them. You have done enough damage. Shut-up, sit in the corner, and do nothing (just like you have done in the great state of Texas, nothing). You have destroyed public education in Texas from 1st grade all the way to higher education. The jobs you speak of our minimum wage jobs with a majority not eligible for health insurance. What good does that do me.

    Please, everyone, don't let Rick Perry reflect on the people of Texas. We are very intelligent, we just happen to vote with our a$$e$. Can't we just give California Rick Perry? That state is already screwed so it's not like he could make it much worse.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • reACTIONary

      Right on! Preach it, brother!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Are you kdding me about Turkey. Yes he maybe an idiot but he is absolutely correct about Turkey. Get your head out of the sand and start learning about this brutal country that treats it non-islamic population like dirt, destroys Christian church's to replace with mosques, and has the worst human rights record in the world. Unless of course you are ok with churches and other Christian structures being destroyed? Good on him to bring it out in the open and an opportunity for people to see Turkeys true colors. Just because it is a NATO ally, doesn't mean its good, its only our friend because of territorial strategy – but please don't excuse all the things I mentioned above, just because of that.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Alison

        Oh Bill, would you mind sparing a little amount of your free time (i know you will not find this hard) and show me a real example of how they destroy churches and build mosques instead. While I was reading your comments, I had the urge to go and get my popcorn. Oh wait, by the way wasn't it Turkey to "neutralize" Hagia Sophia and convert it to a non religious museum after it was converted to a mosque in the history? Gosh, what's wrong with your guys... So much Fox News in the blood!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Emrecan Taneri

        Hmm...lets see,you claim that Turkish people or government destroys Churches and replaces them with mosques.First of all,I would like some evidence please and secondly please oh please search for previous terrorist attacks on Turkey by Al Qaeda which included the destruction of 2 sinagogs the US embassy and a British owned bank.I for one,know the difference between propaganda and truth.Just look up Fatih Sultan Mehmet if you will.You will see that when he conquered Istanbul,he made a statement saying that none of the churches will be touched and people from all faith can live freely under his protection,and this happened back in 1453.Turkish people have never discriminated based on religion,race or belief. It because of people like you that the accumulative intellect of USA is so low.Just read a book. And for the love of god,someone please put perry back in his padded cell.The world has had enough with morons like these..

        January 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • Pdiddy

        Bill – Back-up your statement. How many churches were destroyed for the sole reason to build a mosque? Not one. The Turkish constitution goes further than does the U.S. constitution to protect freedom of religion. It has been a part of their culture for over 500 years. On one block you will see a mosque, church, and synagogue. In the suburbs you will see new churches going up partially funded by the state. Bill, I guess you must find bliss in your ignorance; otherwise, you would take the time to learn about the subject.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Alison

      Very well said, it might not be the best example of wisdom but while you can drink freely on the streets in Turkey, said to be Islamic, if you do the same here you would get fined up to $200. This doesn't sound right to me...

      January 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Florha

      No, California has no room for the Rick Perry's. The Rick Perry s would be like the Arnold who jacked up our state already. We have Governor Brown , who like President Obama, has a mess on their hands. But I am confidant with gov Brown leadership California can become the golden state again. Instead of the depressed and oppressed place that Arnold has made us to be.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  78. David

    I want to be President.
    What are your qualifications?
    I'm an idiot from Texas.
    Well we've had that before and didn't it work out great?
    I'm different.
    How?
    I'm a true idiot. I'd be an idiot even outside of Texas.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • UB

      Brilliant!!! lol

      January 17, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • Jim

        That wasn't brilliant at all. His funny dialogue implies that Texans are smarter than the rest of the country.

        January 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  79. Luv Ya Ann

    One thing that can be said about Perry is that he was born with a silver gaffe in his mouth!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Youre Right

      Poor Rick, he can't help it!

      January 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  80. Mohammed Cohen

    American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society. Thomas Babington. Rick Perry is the continuation of bufoonery of Texas line of ignorant leaders with their historic cowboyish redneck nonesense. Texas has so far produced the most idiotic and most ignorant slef-serving bafoons of all times. Bush Jr. is the shining example of Texas intellect and Perry is the continuation of such bafoonery. These kids of leaders only bring shame to American political system of fake democracry. World laughs at us! Those days of American greatness is long gone when we can brush off such criticism by saying the ignorant American phrase "who cares". America is a beggar nation today with hands out extended for loans from Asia while ignorant idiots like Perry and Santorem are the representatives of Americans. God help us all!

    January 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Punisher2000

      With such a name you are going to get Divine help no matter what. Do not forget to take your meddies every morning.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • vivian shue

      But Obama has made us the biggest beggar nation. He has borrowed more money from China in his first two years than Bush did in eight. He has added $6trillion to the deficit in just over 3 years. He killed our credit rating. He is by far a worse president than bush when it comes to the economy. Not even close. Worst unemployment of the last several decades, worst home value and home sales of the last several decades, highest corporate tax of the last several decades. He's awful

      January 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Punisher2000

        Go back to school and do take Economics 101 this time.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • Pdiddy

        What Punisher said. You must have voted for Bush and Perry. Scary. It is b/c of the eight years prior to Obama that we had to borrow so much money. Unfunded wars, unfunded changes to Medicare/Medicaid, unfunded bills, while at the same time cutting taxes.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • Tino

        You are wrong! You should join Rick Perry's Club! Obama took over America already broke from Bush, it was falling apart when Bush left!!!!!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • v_mag

        I answer you not because you will acknowledge the truth but because ignorance must always be refuted.

        Bush crashed the economy before Obama was elected. It takes time to recover from the thrashing Bush inflicted, and the unemployment rate is now on the decline. The Repugnant congress caused our credit rating to dip by refusing to compromise and govern. The whole burden of governing is on Obama, as the Repugnants continue to sit on their hands instead of doing their jobs.

        Obama is not perfect, but he is ending costly wars that helped to ravage our economy under Bush, not starting them as Bush did.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • OneDay

        Vivian: you are so cluless. I wish you didn't vote.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am |
      • AL in West Palm Beach, FL

        Let met help you out.

        The worst president ever? coming from someone who voted for the guy who fought two wars without raising a dime to pay for them...

        You're a moron.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • Here&Now

        Rick? Are you calling yourself Vivian now?

        January 17, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • Spike

        You're a writer for The Onion?

        January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        *** PROOF that Republicans are stupid.......................

        He has added $6trillion to the deficit in just over 3 years.
        Bush started two wars on a credit card, OFF THE BOOKS !!
        When Obama put those debts back on the books,
        All you Repubs started screaming, yet you NEVER said a word when Bush did it.

        He killed our credit rating.
        Wrong, The Tea Party killed our credit raiting.

        Brainwashed fools.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • slade

        Blame Congress

        January 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • KARL

        Prove it with numbers and facts.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • Wow...101

        Vivian! Maybe you didn't notice that he has been trying to pull U.S. out of the biggest hole any new President has ever inherited from the previous administration! That with all of the previous President's party yelling and screaming and standing in the way of every effort! That previous administration, and his party, have taken away more civil liberties than most other administrations!

        I say...wake up...get your news from someplace else besides that propaganda machine called Fox!

        January 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • coriolana

      *sporfle*

      January 17, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
  81. Mike

    Except for Huntsman, now gone, you could put everything these candidates know about foreign policy- combined- on the head of a pin. They are dangerous.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  82. politikarmma

    As a native Texan I admit to being "fast asleep" and unaware of Perry operating under my radar. He has certainly ruined his chances of being re-elected in Texas. Texas is not the backwards cowboy state that many think and most people I know are disgusted that Rick Perry is our Governor. His comments about Turkey enforce the fact that GOP uses baseless fear to manipulate people (voters).

    January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Here&Now

      Keep trying to get the word out.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • jmwood

      Also a native Texan, but living in Cali now to escape the GOP popularity contest...... SAD Im sure that SF Austin, HOUSTON as rolling in their graves, cringing at what Texas has become.....Eron anybody.....

      January 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  83. Detada

    Note to the World; There are many of us Texans who agree that Rick Perry is a complete moron. Many of us hoped that he would not jump into the presidential race, because we already knew he was a moron. We are embarrased by his candidacy and every day he stays in the race, we sink lower in our chairs. Today, we have sank so low that we are practically on the floor.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Punisher2000

      Which is a good thing, since you can`t sink any lower.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • SoulCatcher

        Actually they could use one of those oil drills and dig a deeper hole.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • WDS

        You could dig a hole under the chair...

        January 17, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  84. Marty in MA

    I haven't read one pro- Perry response.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • vivian shue

      Obama is no genius either. Almost $6 trillion added to the deficit in just over 3 years. He continued the wars in two countries and he thinks there are 58 states in the USA. Bailed out the banks and motor industries only to learn that they are now being given bigger bonuses than when he came into office. These clowns are all one and the same. Those of us who voted for him because we believed he would change things were very naive. I will not make that mistake twice. Now he is trying to put at end to 'Right To Work States'. If the SEIU tries that in TX then Obama will lose a lot more supporters.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
      • Here&Now

        I hope your name really is Vivian so that you got a least one thing right.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • SteveX

        with all due respect Viv... the Bank bailout was initiated by the Bush Administration, right at the end of their tenure. The current administration inherited that mess.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am |
      • Punisher2000

        I wonder who is the real idiot. Obama, while not a superstar, inherited most situation from the previous admin.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:18 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        Vivian, when you "make up" stuff, its called lying.
        You dont even do it well.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:47 am |
      • peggy

        vivian shue,

        Do you have any contact with the global community, except this blog. I do. The read everything we post. They watch our debates. They use our soundbites against us. You are very wrong about President Obama. The world, including me think of his as quite intelligent. For instance, when Obama greeted the then Japanese Prime Minister and bowed to show respect, he was critized as being weak and kowtowing to another power. The Japanese, however saw his as brilliant and respectful, thus strengthening their respect for the Presidency of the U.S. . The world is informed and educated and want a U.S. president that reflect the same.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • pete

      Perry is more popular than the MSM blogs would have you believe.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
      • Colonel Mustard

        Maybe to those who have more teeth than IQ points, but not to anyone else.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        So is pappa smurf , but im not gonna vote for him either.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Punisher2000

      Go read Fox News

      January 17, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • Alison

        Haha I literally really laughed at this sir/miss

        January 17, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  85. vivian shue

    Perry is an idiot but Turkey is no friend. I find it disgusting that they are allowed to be a member of NATO with all the human rights violations they commit year after year.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • Retired Army in San Antonio

      So go to NATO and demand they expel Turkey......since you're so disgusted.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
    • theox

      NATO is a military alliance. If China or Russia or any country ever messes with US, you have Turks to back you up.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
      • Retired Army in San Antonio

        theox stated:

        "NATO is a military alliance."

        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

        Yes.....I know that.....and there headquarters is located in Brussels.

        Ever been there? I have.

        Yes....you REALLY CAN......."go to NATO".

        January 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • soporifix

      Don't respond to this troll. It's a paid blogger from the Perry camp.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  86. MIKE

    This is great! Finally Texans are waking up and finding this fool in office! Voters don't usually make a big effort in State elections, but I suspect this may change since Texans have been able to see what a nut case Perry is! OBAMA 2012!

    January 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  87. pete

    Perry is right about Turkey. What does our money get us over there? But funny, for somebody supposedly only drawing 2%, MSM treats Perry like he's the front runner. Who really knows, maybe he is?

    January 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Alison

      Why do I have to lecture everyone here with same remarks? But anyway here's the eye opener: I'm sorry but the last time Turkey got an aid from the US was in 80s and it was under Marshall Plan which both helped Turkey and Greece. So it was another fail on the side of Mr. Perry to think we were sparing money for Turkey. His advisers should have warned him that he was going to talk about the country not the bird.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Spike

        Oh come on. Don't confuse the right wingers with facts.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • EA

      US money does not go to Turkey i.e. no US foreign aids for Turkey (Did you think Rick always get the facts)
      CNN fails to mentioned it (see Wiki or other news agencies)
      NATO membership does not given to Turkey. Turkey earned it by sending troops to Korea for saving US soldiers. Thousands of Turkish soldiers died and wounded in the service of NATO.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  88. John

    Rick Perry has to be the world biggest IDIOT. This man Brain Is fry and he don't deserve to be President. I don't think he even deserve to be GOV of Texas. The Man Is a IDIOT.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  89. Texas GOP

    I live in Houston and we all know Perry is an idiot who fell out the hay wagon at an early age. He barely graduated with a Home Ecomomics Degree from Texas A&M, a hayseed college in the middle on no where. He gets re-elected because all the ignorant republican tea party types are the dumbest one in the state and they vote for Perry because he is smarter than the rest of his tea party supporters. He gets all kinds of tax break and regulation to the big business community and they fund all his campaigns. Unfortunately for Perry he left Texas and everyone realized how stupid he is.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • MIKE

      I read an article to today where Perry got the state to give him a raise! Democrats in Texas will rise up next governor election! Maybe we can get the Tea Party out of our state! Well of course we would have to spend a lot more money on education and the Tea Party has already cut those dollars!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Cameron

      All these comments and not a intelligent fact among any of you. Just proof that illiterates can surf the web.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • TAMUAlum

      You are correct, except for the hayseed college remark and claiming Texas A&M is in the middle of nowhere. A tremendous number of high school grads from your backyard in Houston make the short trip to College Station to go to Texas A&M. Not that I did – I am from Dallas and went to A&M and then on to graduate school. Otherwise – you are right on.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • mikib84

      yes agree, HE even makes George "W" look smart ! ! what else could you expect from an Aggie?

      January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • manyote

      A graduate from Texas A&M! A walking-talking Aggie Joke in the flesh. It would be funny if he wasn't seriously thinking he could be POTUS, and the stupidiy that seems to be rampant in Teaxas wasn't for real also.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  90. SixDegrees

    The headline should be changed to "Turkey Responds to Turkey's Remarks".

    January 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Punisher2000

      Bloody brilliant!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • MIKE

      Excellent Observation!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • sh

      Now that was awesome!!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Spike

      Ten points!

      January 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
  91. vasaof

    Rick Perry, typical dumb ass from Texas

    January 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • RIGHTEOUS MIGHT

      Many, many of us in Texas have opposed both Shrub Bush and Ricochet Rick. We are, sadly outnumbered by the redneck, NASCAR-loving, gun-worshiping, coyote-hating, trailer park-dwelling dumb@$$ troglodytes.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • sameeker

        You sound like a true repug.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Here&Now

        Well said bro. I feel your pain. All Texas is not Rick Perry and the afore described other inhabitants.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • MIKE

        I don't think Democrats are a minority! Its just that state elections have been silenced on our TV networks in Texas and no one knows what is going on! That is how the Tea Party slipped in and continues its hold. Our only hope now is that the Federal Courts redistricting is done in a fair way, allowing Democrats representation. It would be good to get Texas back to fair politics!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • Here&Now

        Too bad Huntsman's out. He could have made it interesting. The rest of these bozos just keep repeating themselves.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  92. brian

    I hope the rest of the world realizes that this cowboy doesn't speak for the majority of Americans, but does represent a vocal, visible & ignorant, if relatively small, segment of our population. Perry is a classic specimen of the worst of the religious right: self-righteous, bigoted, intolerant & basically stupid (for want of a better word).

    January 17, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • TheMovieFan

      I agree with your posting with the exception of size. That group is unfortunately a bit too large and our country has suffered because of their voting power.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  93. Laverne

    So sick of these republicans pandering, and lying. It is cocky, ignorant statements like Perry that has alienated us in the first place. This guy would be a danger and a horrible president, thank goodness we don't have to worry about it since he will NEVER be POTUS!

    January 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  94. Sinan

    More bizarre than Perry’s answer was that such an inane question was asked by the Fox news moderator. There is an unfortunate strain in some American political thought where any criticism of any Israeli policy by a Muslim-majority country is by definition akin to Islamic/Islamist terrorism.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Reply
    • Texas GOP

      I live in Houston and we all know Perry is an idiot who fell out the hay wagon at an early age. He barely graduated with a Home Ecomomics Degree from Texas A&M, a hayseed college in the middle on no where. He gets re-elected because all the ignorant republican tea party types are the dumbest one in the state and they vote for Perry because he is smarter than the rest of his tea party supporters. He gets all kinds of tax break and regulation to the big business community and they fund all his campaigns. Unfortunately for Perry he left Texas and everyone realized how stupid he is.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Yabanci

      Perry's remarks are idiotic. But Turkey's open support for Hamas and close relations with Ahmedinejad will do it no good in terms of its public perception in the West.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
      • shootmyownfood

        Why are other country's relationships to each other any of our business? We should interact with other countries along our own guidelines, but anything else shouldn't concern us.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Alison

        Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't it Turkey to threaten Ahmedinejad to sue his butt about energy policies if he doesn't cut the crap, yet alone the seizure of iranian trucks in turkish soil with the allegations of weapon trafficking? It doesn't sound to me a blossoming friendship there.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  95. Donaldbain

    Comments like this from Perry are no surprise. He is a total ignoramus and the voters of Texas should take be taking note. Good-hair half-wits are neither presidential nor gubernatorial material. The fact he has been governor for so long is a bizarre disgrace to the state and to the US as a whole. Surely there are more suitable, educated candidates amongst Texans than Perry. How this man could percieve himself in the White House is laughable.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • FIELD1stSGT

      No it is you that is an ignoramus for Turkey is run by Islamic Muslims and Obama does send them money like he does Pakistan, Iran, and other Islamic nations. It is us American Patriots that are foolish to continue to let Obama be in the the Oval Office. It is he who is a devout Muslim and fully intends to bring us down. Either by bankruptcy or destroying our Military. He is nothing but a destroyer as far as our welfare is concerned. He does have the dimwitted following him, however.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • Ataboy

        You appear to be the dimwit here. Obama is not a Muslim and the country's financial woes are not Obama's doing.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • LB

        Nope, not all dimwitted are following Obama. YOU, for instance, are not.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • EatYouAlive

        That whiskey on your corn flakes is good stuff.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • DJS58751

        "Islamic Muslims"? Haha I'm pretty sure that all muslims are Islamic. Perhaps you are a Christian Christian. Think before blabbing. Anyways, I'm going to Chee Burger Chee Burger for lunch.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • SidAirfoil

        You need serious medication. I'd suggest a lobotomy, too, but I doubt you have enough brain to spare.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Tom

        You are a DOLT!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • laughingatu

        thanks for that comment.. i love to laugh at dumba****

        January 17, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Alison

        There should be a captcha here too to avert comments from users when they are high.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • MIKE

        OBAMA 2012!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • snydergal

        There is only one thing I am afraid of in this country...Americans who are so gut-level filled with hatred and don't have any problem spewing out their bile on others. I am thankful and totally optimistic that the voting public will see through the insanity of all teavangelical/repub/mormon/libertarian smut-kickers running on the right of right and give President Obama another four years to try to dig us out of the bush-era disasters. (As a side note, we don't hear one single word from bush...if he has a shred of conscience and a healthy dose of fear of being ridiculed, should he start speaking publically, he is keeping a low profile and his mouth shut...he may actually realize that his eight years of elitist administration is the sewer residue President Obama is trying to clean up.) Ultra-conservative teavangelical religious rabble, along with the likes of the Koch brothers, are what is wrong with this nation...the party of "NO" continues to not only deny Obama the tools to move this country ahead fast enough, but big money is "buying" legislators to do it's business...we will not only give the President four more years, but we will do our level best to also return Congress to Democratic majority in November. flap-jawed ricky "oops" perry attracts the dregs of society, those hate-filled clowns that have no respect for President Obama, but just as ricky will never see the White House on the inside, these semi-dangerous rabble-rousers need to shut up and put the guns away! OBAMA 11-6-2012.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • John

        You, Sir or Ma'am, are one sick puppy. Get some help!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Spike

        It doesn't matter if someone is a Muslim or not. I'm sure you have never been to an Islamic country (as a visitor, not one of Bush's invasion force.) If you had, you would know that Muslims are like Christians – they are mostly people seeking a better life for themselves, but there are some who are just like our ignorant, violence-oriented Christians. I've been treated far better traveling in the Muslim world as a Jew (openly) than I have in Texas. And I've never heard racist remarks in Muslim countries like I have in Texas.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        Still looking for that birth certificate, huh ?
        Try looking behind the sofa, the one with the mossad agent
        talking with the alien.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • soporifix

        "Islamic Muslims"?

        January 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  96. GeorgeW

    These people in the traveling circus show need to be made aware that their words travel outside the United States. They hate people who may know a bit about the world like Huntsman and applaud nuts like Pastor Perry. We are sinking fast in the world when it comes to smarts.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • FIELD1stSGT

      OH, How we showed that when we elected the Muslim into the Oval Office. Americans are not smart people at all.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
      • Ataboy

        Obama is a muslim about as much as you are serving in the military, i.e. NOT

        January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • EatYouAlive

        Dude, you are so not an American.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • Tom

        Again, a DOLT!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        I will take the muslim,
        After eight years of hoppalong ding dong and his gang of thugs.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  97. Alison

    it's a shame to our long lived european ally. I'm not sure where my comment went away but I have to repeat myself as my previous comment seems to have been deleted.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • LB

      Turkey is part of Asia.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
      • Alison

        I'm sorry but I don't talk to Perry's friends here.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:44 am |
      • Ataboy

        Geographically speaking it is mainly in Asia, but because of its "gateway" position also aligns itself with Europe and the West and is applying to join the EEC.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • dragpeace

        Turkey is physically located on both continents, but is politically more a part of Europe than Asia (e.g. attempted membership in EU, membership in the mostly-European NATO, membership in UEFA, etc.).

        January 17, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Bill

        Asia and Europe as they are on both sides of the straights that divide the two...

        January 17, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Craig

        Turkey is actually part of Asia and Europe. Do a search for "map of Turkey" and you will see why. The city of Istanbul, as well as part of Turkey outside of Istanbul, is partly on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait and the rest of it is on the Asian side.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:49 am |
      • Ephesos

        Actually, Turkey straddles both Europe and Asia. The European part of Turkey is known as Thrace and it is actually a rather large area of land. Perhaps you should look at a map next time so you can avoid spreading such misinformation in the future.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • Alison

        As also stated by other commenters, Turkey is a transcontinental country, having both lands in Europe and Asia. Because politically and socially it is more aligned to Europe and in fact considered Europe "officially" by both European Union and many other sources. One main prerequisite of being a member candidate of European Union is in fact being a european country. This is why Turkey news are listed under Europe on CNN. The land they have in Europe continent is also larger than many member states of the union.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:56 am |
      • AC

        Turkey is in Asia and Europe. Istanbul is on the European side.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Spike

        I think Rick Perry and Sarah Palin would point out to you that Turkey is a continent.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:44 am |
      • Alan

        turkey is in both Europe and Asia.Istanbul is the only city in the world that falls in two continents.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      So you think Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and the Islamic states are our allies. Cut of their money and see how long that flies. Cut George Soros from funding Obama and see how long he last. There are so many foolish people in these U.S. that firmly believe that destroyer in the WH is out to help them. Sit, and watch as the country you have loved so long disappear underneath your feet. For we are going down. just give Obama four more years and you will see America's Democracy will not exist anymore.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • Ephesos

        I don't think it is right to lump Turkey in with the other countries you listed. Turkey is a secular state and a long time proven ally of the United States and NATO.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • Alison

        I'm sorry but the last time Turkey got an aid from the US was in 80s and it was under Marshall Plan which both helped Turkey and Greece. So it was another fail on the side of Mr. Perry to think we were sparing money for Turkey. His advisers should have warned him that he was going to talk about the country not the bird.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • SteveX

        It's really unfortunate that people like you are so "force fed on fear" by the right-wing. And that makes your comments so outlandish and funny at the same time. Where are the facts to back up your comment. Short on truth is something that Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Romney et al are woefully short on...

        January 17, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        I warned you about taking the brown acid.
        You didnt listen.
        Shame.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  98. Phil in KC

    That's it, Perry – alienate a NATO ally with strategic military bases. What is it about Texas politicians and their total lack of foreign policy savvy? One more reason this guy should NOT be president.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • FIELD1stSGT

      Cut the money off from Turkey and see just how long they do a favor for the U.S. They have already demanded we take our bases out. What else do you need to know you uneducated nutcase.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • Tom

        DOLT!!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • shootmyownfood

        You are so confused and out of date – Turkey and the US just opened a new joint base of operation. Please CHECK YOUR FACTS at more than one source.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • Retired Army in San Antonio

        THEY DEMANDED THAT WE TAKE OUR BASES OUT THEIR COUNTRY?!?!?

        Well...well...we should.....yes....we should tell them that we'll take our bases out of Turkey when THEY take their bases out of the U.S.

        Oh.....uh.....wait.....nevermind.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

        *** What else do you need to know you uneducated nutcase..............

        Try looking in a mirror.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  99. Ruedi Lais

    Since April 1st, 2009, Turkey has no longer been the only NATO member state with a majority of muslim population. On that day, Albania joined NATO.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  100. Jonathan Pollard, zionist American Traitor ha-ha I'm soon to be free!

    Perry is a zoinist bitch. Plain and simple.

    Now the zionist new world order masters are focusing in on Turkey.

    Turkey will whoop America in any war.

    I say come on WW3 Baby!

    Let's get it over with – and when it's done and 3/4 of the world's population will be nuked – it will be over for the dirty evil devil worshiping zionists in israel – because israel will be wiped off the planet and all, and I mean ALL, surviving zionist dogs will be hunted down and given what they deserve!

    No more israel – no more evil from the zionists – sadly no more America, but it will be the price to pay for the this new war.

    What Turkey do? It demanded the release of the 1.7 million Palestinians who are trapped by the dirty evil zionists in Gaza. The evil zionists are the new Nazis of the 21st century. It is so clear what they want – through asshole traitors like Perry, Obama, and the frigging Congress – Thank you AIPAC – lying spying faggots! – We Americans are only cattle to the zionists – who with their worthless paper money, they think through greed they can get what they want – with the assistance of the stupid dick head evangalical christian supporters here in America, they do what they want.

    Let's get it over with. like I said in the end there will be no more zionism and MO MORE EVIL israel!!!!

    Yippppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee . . . . and no more friggin CNN, too!

    Yippppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    January 17, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Seraphim01

      You truly are an idiot. Should a war that you want break out, I would hope you are on the front lines for a nice dose of radiation to die a slow, painful death.

      People of your caliber are pathetic.

      January 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
      • RickD

        SORRY – wrong post!

        I meant to post this comment to Jonathan Pollard's post.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • RickD

      TROLL!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
      • Punisher2000

        And what do you hold against trolls?

        January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • An American Guest

        At least he's an American Troll. He's right. That makes you the enemy!

        January 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • RickD

      TROLL!!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • lisa2010

      yeah, its people like you that would trigger a nuclear disaster, you're no different than Perry...the whole world will be nuked, because of your stupid comment, the survivors will probably find you for dinner and spit you out without choking...WAY TO GO DUMMY, NOW GO TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS!!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
      • FIELD1stSGT

        YOU'RE ABUSING PERRY WHEN HE IS CORRECT. iT IS OBAMA WHO IS ANTI AMERICA. TURKEY DOES HATE OUR GUTS AND ONLY PUTS UP WITH US AS WE THROW BAD MONEY TOWARD THEM THANKS TO OBAMA WHO FULLY INTENDS TO BANKRUPT US. AS FOR THE I D I O T ABOVE DON'T GIVE HIM THE TIME OF DAY FOR HE IS LOST TO THE D E V I L.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Killdeer

        Dolt! you need to do some serious fact checking before you come here.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Killdeer

        Sorry Lisa....comment was ment for field first idiot

        January 17, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • K-Boy

      What a raving lunatic you are. I bet you are foaming at the mouth, working your way up to such a ridiculous, non-sensical frenzy. Have another drink and have your meds adjusted. Or, is it "computer time" at the mental institution?!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • Punisher2000

        Not to mention blood pressure! In his case it might be urine pressure.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • olmec1

      You're an idiot!!! I hope someone drops a nuke on you!!

      January 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • Punisher2000

        Only one?

        January 17, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Punisher2000

      It is obvious that you are a major ninnie. My pet Emu was deeply insulted upon reading your post. Consequently, you will not be invited to weekend barbies. Your name shall figure at the top of the drongo list.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • FIELD1stSGT

      RIGHT HERE IS YOUR WARNING. THIS CRAZY, IS ONE OF THE MANY WHO WILL RIDE WITH THE ANTI CHRIST IN WWIII ATTACKI8NG iSRAEL. iSRAEL WILL FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS BUT WILL NOT BE DESTROYED. AMERICA WILL FALL TREMBLING TO HER KNEES FOR PUNISHMENT BY GOD FOR OUR TURNING AWAY FROM HIM AND ALLOWING A MUSLIM IN OUR OVAL OFFICE. BUT WE WILL ARISE AGAIN AS WILL RUSSIA, INDIA, GREAT BRITAIN , CHINA AND TURN BACK THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE. MUSLIMS AND UNBELIEVERS LIKE YOU WILL DIE AT THIS TIME. JESUS WILL RULE ON EARTH FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE TRIBULATIONS. ALL SINNERS WILL GO TO H E L L AT THAT TIME. BYE, BYE FOOLISH NUT.

      January 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • Punisher2000

        Oh boy, Sad to see you didn`t take your meddies either. Go do it. Now.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • Whombatt

        1. Please disengage your CAPS LOCK key.
        2. Put your tinfoil hat back on.
        3. Go take your meds.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Tom

        Just a DOLT!!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • FIELD1stSGT

        I WAS REFERRING TO Jonathan Pollard, zionist American Traitor ha-ha I'm soon to be free!. However I am glad to see the Obama backers on here running their big l i p s. Please don't stick your head out the window of your car when you go 60 MPR for you'll smother to death.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Retired Army in San Antonio

        LMAO.....ROFLMFAO.....this guy is a jewel.....absolute and positively!!

        This jerk-off is troling and people are eating his garbage up.

        My guess is that this clown is a bored right-wing Congressional staffer who doesn't believe a tenth of the foolishness he/she is spewing.

        Just one man's opinion........

        January 17, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Punisher2000

      The sad truth is that you are not an American. You are but a lonely man trying to get noticed. Oops, you did get noticed, my dog just peed all over your leg. Glad he did...

      January 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Weapons Of Mass Distortion

      That you Newt ?
      Anything for a vote, huh ?

      January 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • soporifix

      Abu here got the day off from middle school.

      January 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
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