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.
Perry can see Cuba from his house!
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.
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"
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.
CAPTAINS of the Universe, abandon ship.
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.
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.
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.
Before you make ridiculous remarks, do you even know how much aid Turkey gets each year? I would be shocked if you did.
Alison, quick! Go to Wikipedia and find the answer.
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..!
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.
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
The guy has a single digit approval rating.He's completely irrelevant!
The Republican Party of God, setting the US up for a big fall. Divine leaders show the way.
It's comments like his that gets us into wars! The republicans are good at that!
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.
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!?
And Perry wants to be our President... Please, dear Lord, do not let this happen. I'm tebowing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
What Perry said is likely true. It just isn,t diplomatic to say it. Oops!
Uh oh. Somebody didn't read the entire article. Oops.
Jonathan Pollard, zionist American Traitor ha-ha I'm soon to be free!
They are coming to get you.........BOO !!!!!
Texas has been by led by this idiot for 10+ years.
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.
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.
Karl Rove, can you please shut your pet lap dog up? The rest of the country would appreciate it.
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!
very well said...
And I would also add that anyone who votes for a republican candidate in November is an idiot!
enjoy your welfare.
The big corporations...so called job creators do, so why not the rest of us?
Enjoy your sanctimonious ignorance.
I don't get welfare. See, I'm not a billionaire banker or corn farmer or beef rancher.
Debt to parick perry!
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
Wirth? There's that conservative brilliance...
The thing to remember about Brett is that he works for Roger Ailes and Fox News. It's called pandering to the Boss.
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!!!
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.
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.
For more amazing information from the Gov.....
I seriously doubt Rick Perry could even locate Turkey on a map!
People of Texas – next election PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get out and vote in someone with a brain!
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.
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...
oops! your hatred and ignorance is showing!!! Sounds like you're a Perry guy all the way.
Someone should put prick perry out of his misery if you know what I mean. I am a poor speller too!
The FBI will soon be knocking on your door for that threat.
Perry speaks volumes for the intelligence of Texas voters. Almost as bad as the country re-electing GWB.
Perry, unfortunately, represents a small but very paranoid segment of American society.
Wow. He put his foot in his mouth again. I hope Turkey understands that we just have to
apologize for our Texas politicans constantly ...
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.
You are absolutely right. Good comment.
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.
You have every right to be offended. He doesn't speak for many in the US.
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.
Ortadogu ne alaka?
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.
I most heartily agree...
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.
Big friendly hello from America.
Even we have our "idiots".
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.
With all that mouse and makeup,
thats gonna be one heck of a fire.
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..
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!
"You should never argue with a crazy man, man,man..."-Billy Joel.
The republican party would just keep getting us into one war after another if the voters put a republican president in office again!
Not if Ron Paul is elected!
that's right – Ron Paul would have us killing each other instead.
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.
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!
What he said.
Perry would probably like the muzzle,
Maybe some leather chaps and a whip.
Giddy up cowboy !
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.
i lilken most of the gop canidates to terrorist, some terrorist hide behind pinstripe suits, lapel crosses and flags
Won't anybody help us with Iran? I mean Pakistan? I mean?
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS !! If you haven't seen that movie – its all you need to know about Turkey.
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!
You are ignorant.
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...
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WESTERN DRUG DEALERS!
Yeah, all we need to know about Turkey is what you saw in a movie once. Sounds like one child got left behind.
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..
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?
You are right on.
You could say the same things about the U.S.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
At least Sarah Palin was good to look at. These dumbos have nothing going fo rthem.
No worries, we got this.
Perry is not quite all there with some of his remarks but then again some are not that far off center either.
"be more informed about the world and be more careful their statements."
That seems to be the weak suit of most of the Right.
Perry/Cain 2012...... the dream ticket of comedians worldwide.
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.
Hard to believe Texas has let another village idiot leave the state. There is something wrong with the South.
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.
I live in Texas. Please keep Rick Perry away from us.
Even a Turkey should know that Perry is just not right in the head.
Do not feed the troll (Vivian Shue)
Sometimes if you feed the trolls enough, they explode.
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!
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.
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.
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.
As opposed to Christians, who eat their god's body and drink his blood.
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.
He may be an idiot – but is is absolutely correct about Turkey !!!
The likelihood of Perry being "absolutely right" about anything is zero. What orifice do you pull your info from?
Have you been to Turkey? This question and statement is obviously trap. Thus, it showed why the Fox Tv chose Perry as a victim.
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.
Turkey is just fine.
We bump heads with Turkery, we bump heads with France,
at the end of the day we are still allies.
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!!
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.
If you think that turkey is that big bird at thanksgiving,and its not your friend....you might be a redneck
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.
Perry/Cain for 2012?
I woudn't call the Turkish goverment terrorist but the country is run by islamists turning against the west. No doubt.
We have homemade terrorists in Congress that damaging this country more then any other terrorists around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Turkey use to be secular, now turning towards Islam. He's right.....
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.
You have no idea what you're talking about.
“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.
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.
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.
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?
"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.
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!
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.
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!
So much for the Texas version of textbooks.
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.
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.
Wel Perry is nat a very bright person.
It was a big know-nothing swaggering Republican that got us attacked on 9-11. It could happen again.
excuse me?? I believe we were the target of attacks well before 9-11.
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.
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.
It's bullshit: http://www.cpj.org/imprisoned/2011.php
He said Turkey is run by terrorists. If you think that's "true" you're dumber than Perry.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.....
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.
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.
Cedar Hall Mental Hospital
Tee-hee, you're funny Ali!
I got a short smile out of your comment. You had me worried for a millisecond!
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!
LOL- HEY ALI BABA !GOOGLE ,"RICK PERRY" AND ,"MOVIE GALLERY", THEN GET BACK TO US
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.
You really shouldn't insult rocks like that ;-)
I forgave Texas for the first idiot.
Once was enough.
Hey.......TEXAS......you missing something ?????
Rocks are much smarter.
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.
Now I know why some people don't vote, who wants to encourage these doorknobs.
You just offended my doorknobs!
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.
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.
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.
Name one other politician that wouldn't do the exact same thing. (Here's your opportunity Paul supporters)
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.
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!
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???????
The good foks in Minnesota and Alaska might agree in general with you, but take issue in particular Sad.
I wondered the same, Sad.
And Turkey said, "gobble gobble gobble gotcha for Thanksgiving, fool!"
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.
Right on! Preach it, brother!
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.
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!
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..
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.
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...
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.
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 a true idiot. I'd be an idiot even outside of Texas.
That wasn't brilliant at all. His funny dialogue implies that Texans are smarter than the rest of the country.
One thing that can be said about Perry is that he was born with a silver gaffe in his mouth!
Poor Rick, he can't help it!
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!
With such a name you are going to get Divine help no matter what. Do not forget to take your meddies every morning.
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
Go back to school and do take Economics 101 this time.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
Vivian: you are so cluless. I wish you didn't vote.
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.
Rick? Are you calling yourself Vivian now?
You're a writer for The Onion?
*** 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.
Prove it with numbers and facts.
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!
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.
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).
Keep trying to get the word out.
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.....
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.
Which is a good thing, since you can`t sink any lower.
Actually they could use one of those oil drills and dig a deeper hole.
You could dig a hole under the chair...
I haven't read one pro- Perry response.
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.
I hope your name really is Vivian so that you got a least one thing right.
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.
I wonder who is the real idiot. Obama, while not a superstar, inherited most situation from the previous admin.
Vivian, when you "make up" stuff, its called lying.
You dont even do it well.
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.
Perry is more popular than the MSM blogs would have you believe.
Maybe to those who have more teeth than IQ points, but not to anyone else.
So is pappa smurf , but im not gonna vote for him either.
Go read Fox News
Haha I literally really laughed at this sir/miss
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.
So go to NATO and demand they expel Turkey......since you're so disgusted.
NATO is a military alliance. If China or Russia or any country ever messes with US, you have Turks to back you up.
"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".
Don't respond to this troll. It's a paid blogger from the Perry camp.
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!
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?
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.
Oh come on. Don't confuse the right wingers with facts.
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.
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.
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.
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!
All these comments and not a intelligent fact among any of you. Just proof that illiterates can surf the web.
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.
yes agree, HE even makes George "W" look smart ! ! what else could you expect from an Aggie?
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.
The headline should be changed to "Turkey Responds to Turkey's Remarks".
Now that was awesome!!!!
Rick Perry, typical dumb ass from Texas
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.
You sound like a true repug.
Well said bro. I feel your pain. All Texas is not Rick Perry and the afore described other inhabitants.
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!
Too bad Huntsman's out. He could have made it interesting. The rest of these bozos just keep repeating themselves.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You appear to be the dimwit here. Obama is not a Muslim and the country's financial woes are not Obama's doing.
Nope, not all dimwitted are following Obama. YOU, for instance, are not.
That whiskey on your corn flakes is good stuff.
"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.
You need serious medication. I'd suggest a lobotomy, too, but I doubt you have enough brain to spare.
You are a DOLT!
thanks for that comment.. i love to laugh at dumba****
There should be a captcha here too to avert comments from users when they are high.
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.
You, Sir or Ma'am, are one sick puppy. Get some help!
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.
Still looking for that birth certificate, huh ?
Try looking behind the sofa, the one with the mossad agent
talking with the alien.
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.
OH, How we showed that when we elected the Muslim into the Oval Office. Americans are not smart people at all.
Obama is a muslim about as much as you are serving in the military, i.e. NOT
Dude, you are so not an American.
Again, a DOLT!
I will take the muslim,
After eight years of hoppalong ding dong and his gang of thugs.
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.
Turkey is part of Asia.
I'm sorry but I don't talk to Perry's friends here.
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.
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.).
Asia and Europe as they are on both sides of the straights that divide the two...
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.
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.
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.
Turkey is in Asia and Europe. Istanbul is on the European side.
I think Rick Perry and Sarah Palin would point out to you that Turkey is a continent.
turkey is in both Europe and Asia.Istanbul is the only city in the world that falls in two continents.
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.
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.
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.
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...
I warned you about taking the brown acid.
You didnt listen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*** What else do you need to know you uneducated nutcase..............
Try looking in a mirror.
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.
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!
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.
SORRY – wrong post!
I meant to post this comment to Jonathan Pollard's post.
And what do you hold against trolls?
At least he's an American Troll. He's right. That makes you the enemy!
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!!!!
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.
Dolt! you need to do some serious fact checking before you come here.
Sorry Lisa....comment was ment for field first idiot
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?!
Not to mention blood pressure! In his case it might be urine pressure.
You're an idiot!!! I hope someone drops a nuke on you!!
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.
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.
Oh boy, Sad to see you didn`t take your meddies either. Go do it. Now.
1. Please disengage your CAPS LOCK key.
2. Put your tinfoil hat back on.
3. Go take your meds.
Just a DOLT!!
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.
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........
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...
That you Newt ?
Anything for a vote, huh ?
Abu here got the day off from middle school.
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