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Rick Perry: Modern day conquistador
Indiana Daily Student ^ | October 7, 2011 | Jon Todd is the president of Students for Barack Obama on campus

Posted on 10/07/2011 7:01:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Last week Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry announced to an audience in New Hampshire that he would be willing to use American troops to battle Mexican drug cartels. In Mexico. Yes, really.

I’m sure the comment has already faded from public memory. Or if it hasn’t, it will soon, given the length of our collective attention span. But this kind of foreign policy suggestion should concern any sane individual. Let’s think about some of the details of such a plan.

Some of its prominent features would include: a tropical climate, guerilla warfare, a civilian population that is, at best, indifferent to the U.S. military. And at worst, actively hostile to it, and best of all, loosely defined objectives for victory that could never really be achieved because they are so nebulous.

Maybe I’m wrong, but that sounds vaguely similar to another situation we found ourselves in. It starts with a V ... oh yeah, Vietnam. One of the jewels of American history.

It seems like a lovely idea to send American men and women to fight in unfamiliar territory against a well-funded and well-armed guerilla army again. After all, it worked so splendidly before.

I’ve also heard drug lords are the kind to give up easy, so it shouldn’t take long. As much as I enjoy needless interventionism in foreign policy, I do have another question for Governor Perry: How exactly would we pay for such a delightful excursion? I can tell you, for certain, the answer isn’t tax cuts.

As we consider cutting funding for education, health care for the poor and the elderly, and social security to fix the deficit we already have, I can definitely see how going into Mexico to kill marijuana growers seems like an awesome idea. What’s more glamorous? Shootouts in the Mexican jungle or grandma having money to pay for her medication?

Maybe we could get Mexico to pay for it. They’ve got a thriving economy and no major political issues, right?

The cowboy attitude is fun in movies. We all enjoy a good straight-talker with a six-shooter on his hip, always ready to pull the trigger if the situation calls for it. I have to say, though, I really don’t think that attitude makes for solid leadership in the real world with real consequences.

If this is a sign of what we can expect from President Rick Perry, I want absolutely no part of it. I’ll be honest with you; I wasn’t going to vote Republican in this presidential election anyway.

But if the best the Republicans can do is a hot-headed, shoot-first- and-ask questions-later kind of candidate, they are in deep, deep trouble.

Maybe I’m wrong about the Republican chances with Perry as a candidate, but if we choose to elect him, we are all in deep trouble.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: education; history; perry2012; student
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1 posted on 10/07/2011 7:01:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Butthead, where,s Bevis? I say take the war to the enemy


2 posted on 10/07/2011 7:07:24 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty as a Christian)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Maybe if Holder wasn’t arming the other side, we’d have a better chance on the border.....


3 posted on 10/07/2011 7:08:34 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Correct the misspelling it should read “modern day doofus”. …is …Perry screaming as he rides those poll numbers to the bottom.
4 posted on 10/07/2011 7:09:21 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We would not need to go all the way to central Mexico. Clear a three mile deep buffer strip at the border and let the rest
of Mexico rot.

All done.


5 posted on 10/07/2011 7:09:40 AM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander -- ..........................NUTS !)
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To: shadeaud
I guess "genius" here doesn't know about the drug cartels -- they aren't pot growers in the jungle.

I wonder what "Jon" thinks of Obama-Holder's "Fast and Furious" gun give-away program for drug cartels in Mexico.

6 posted on 10/07/2011 7:12:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: org.whodat
Perry's poll numbers will go back up when Cain's supporters get tired of funding a book-tour.
7 posted on 10/07/2011 7:14:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

First, thanks CW for explaining who this moron was in the author section or I’d have skipped over this.

It’s remarkable how ignorant and intellectually lazy a so called “student” can be of history and current events. He seems to think that everyone shares his vague understanding of the Vietnam war, his total misunderstanding of the Ryan Plan, and the troop surge in Trashcanistan.

But when you get your views from catchy slogans and your news from Jon Stewart, I suppose that’s how you end up.


8 posted on 10/07/2011 7:15:34 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Jon Todd is the president of Students for Barack Obama on campus

I wonder if this writer has kept up on the Fast and Furious story. He should spend his time on that, since he want Obama's reign to continue.

He writes, "If this is what we can expect, I want no part of it." In reality, he wants nothing but Barack Obama. Ironically, he sides with some posters here.

9 posted on 10/07/2011 7:16:13 AM PDT by World'sGoneInsane (You can keep repeating it, but it does not make it true. It only makes it propaganda.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Much better solution:

Use our military to finally WIN the war on drugs.

No money heading south, no drug cartels.

It’s as simple as that.

Not a boot needs to touch Mexican soil.


10 posted on 10/07/2011 7:20:19 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Beagle8U

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Perry is not who or what we need.


11 posted on 10/07/2011 7:24:59 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Conquistadors were the good guys.


12 posted on 10/07/2011 7:27:27 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Didn’t the conquistadors speak Spanish? Maybe this butthead has it backward. The Mexicans are the conquistadors.


13 posted on 10/07/2011 7:28:34 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Howie66

It will come down to Perry or Romney. I know how I will vote on that. How about you?


14 posted on 10/07/2011 7:29:44 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: vbmoneyspender

“The Conquistadors were the good guys.”

They were? Cortez, Pizarro? They were evil men from an evil culture, confronting evil cultures. Not every confrontation is between good and evil, more often, it’s two evils struggling for supremacy, as in Hitler vs Stalin.

The Pilgrims were the good guys. The founding fathers were the good guys. The conquistadors were willing to smash anyone and anything that stood beteen them and the gold they were seeking. And they spoke Spanish. Remember that the next time you have to press 1 for English.


15 posted on 10/07/2011 7:35:00 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You Perry Fangirls must stay up all night looking for crap to post - from a college paper nonetheless.
16 posted on 10/07/2011 7:35:45 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"My mom dropped me repeatedly on the head when I was a baby and it swelled up THIS big"


17 posted on 10/07/2011 7:35:47 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: World'sGoneInsane
The author is talking foreign policy doctrines and you are talking law enforcement tactics.

On the doctrinal level it points to Perry's meeting with that group of NeoCons early in august to yesterday's Romney release of his foreign policy advice team which is being called Romney's Shadow National Security Council.

The reality is that whoever wins the GOP nomination, if he wins the whitehouse, the NeoCons are going to be very influential and the US will be doing a lot of nation building and democracy spreading with our highly developed counterinsurgency techniques.

18 posted on 10/07/2011 7:39:22 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: NeverForgetBataan
Clear a three mile deep buffer strip at the border and let the rest of Mexico rot.

Nahhh.....take the Baja -- all of it -- and the eastern shore of the Gulf of California down to El Desemboque, too. For starting that demographic invasion, and screwing with us.

And kick all the illegal Mexicans out of California, Arizona, and empty the Baja. Then seal the border and wait 130 years before restarting diplomatic relations. (Didn't work out too well last time.)

19 posted on 10/07/2011 7:41:54 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Mean while in the real world, perry keeps heading for the bottom, cain keeps heading for the stars, http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/07/poll-cain-surges-opens-up-20-point-lead-on-romney/


20 posted on 10/07/2011 7:42:06 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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