Skip to comments.UN bashing is popular among Republican candidates (Perry a loud critic)
Posted on 11/19/2011 1:00:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
....Rick Perry says he would consider pulling the United States out of the U.N. altogether.
....One of the loudest U.N. critics among the candidates is Perry, the Texas governor who has recently slipped in the polls. "I think it's time for us to have a very serious discussion about defunding the United Nations," he declared in October.
Romney, the former Massachusettsgovernor, in 2007 characterized U.N. failures as "simply astonishing" but has been more measured during the current campaign.
U.N. supporters say that when the candidates bash the world organization, they are simply playing to the most conservative Republicans: the primary voters and caucus-goers needed early in the electoral contest.
"My sense is that if any of them were to be elected president, they would quickly realize that the U.N. serves American interests," said PeterYeo, vice president for publicpolicy of the U.N. Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the world body's work.
"They would find a way to constructively work within the U.N. system," Yeo added.
Detractors say that the candidates are just being truthful.
"I wouldn't call it U.N. bashing; I'd call it U.N. realism," said Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. "I think the issue for the United States is what to do to make the U.N. more effective, and the answer to that has to lie in how it is funded."
....The U.S. assessment is the highest 22 percent of the total U.N. operating budget. By comparison, China pays 3 percent.
In the 2010 budget year, the U.S. provided $7.7 billion to the U.N. for its regular budget, peacekeeping and other programs, up from $6.1 billion the previous year.
House Republicans recently introduced legislation to force the U.N. to adopt a voluntary funding system. The administration opposes it and it is unlikely to become law.
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Nov. 11, 2011 VIDEO: Rick Perry interview today in Columbia 25 minute video starting around 4:00 12:00 Perry speaks at length about Iran, allies and national defense.
Rick Perry: Having a strong economy so that we have the economic ability to have an impactful foreign policy.
We must be able to keep up with our research and -development capabilities in the military.
And our very important foreign policy position must be that our friends know well be there for them, whether its Israel in the Middle East or Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, or India in the sphere of influence where China is located.
Perry Doctrine: "We Stand with our Allies"
Scott Pelley: ....Governor Perry, you advocate the elimination of the Department of Energy. If you eliminate the Department of Energy--
Rick Perry: Glad you remembered it.
Scott Pelley: I've had some time to think about it, sir.
Rick Perry: Me too.
Scott Pelley: If you eliminate the Department of Energy, what do you do with the nuclear weapons?
Rick Perry: Well, there are plenty of places in our government that can have oversight on our-- our nuclear energy. But let me back over to-- the question that you've asked before this about what is the most important thing from a strategic standpoint, commander in chief. For ten years, I have been the commander in chief of over 20,000-plus individuals in the State of Texas as we've dealt with a host of either natural disasters or having deployments-- into the combat zone. So, if there's someone on this stage who has had that hands-on commander in chief experience, it is me, as the governor of the State of Texas.
I've ha-- dealt with generals. I have individuals at the Department of Defense who have been at the highest levels both on the civilian side and on the military side that will help me make decisions about those issues that we face as a country. So, I feel very comfortable from day one of surrounding myself with individuals who have extraordinary backgrounds in national defense and will be able to put this country on a track that Americans will feel we know that we're gonna be secure.
Scott Pelley: And that's time, sir.
Rick Perry: Including the southern border of this country with Mexico.
Scott Pelley: And that's time, thank you.
Rick Perry: Let me just address Congressman Paul. And I-- Congressman, I-- I respect that you wore the uniform of our country. But-- in 1972, I volunteered to serve the United States Air Force. And the idea that we have our young men and women in combat today, Senator, where there are people who would kill them in a heartbeat, under any circumstance, use any technique that they can, for us not to have the ability to try to extract information from them, to save our young people's lives, is a travesty. This is war. That's what happens in war. And I am for using the techniques, not torture, but using those techniques that we know will extract the information to save young American lives. And I will be for it until I die.
Scott Pelley: Welcome back to South Carolina and the Republican commander in chief debate. Governor Perry, we just got a-- question via Twitter from Barbara McMann (PH). And Barbara asked this question of you. "Does Governor Perry's Foreign Aid Starts at Zero include Israel?"
Rick Perry: Well, as Governor Perry-- would tweet back to her that-- absolutely. Every country would start at zero. Obviously, Israel is a special ally. And my bet is that we would be funding them-- at some substantial level. But it makes sense for everyone to come in at zero and make your case. As a matter of fact, we oughta try that-- doin' that with some of those agencies that I was tryin' to think the name of the other night.
Starting at zero, zero-based budgeting, and Newt will share with you, is we've gotta go there. And everyone has to come in and make your case. It's what the American people are doin'. There's somebody at home sittin' watchin' T.V. tonight, lookin' for a job. And they're havin' to budget. Why in the world would our federal government get a pass on sending our tax dollars to any country--
Scott Pelley: And, Governor, I have to s--
Rick Perry: --without havin' an answer? Why?
Why Perry has not kept his appeal, has puzzled me. I am one of the few who do care about having a solid plan to deal with the illegale problem from the Washington end, which is why I am a Cainiac and not a Perrywinkle. But I’m not typical of the American who has fallen out of love with Perry and who yet cares very little about the illegales one way or another.
This is a flat out, bald-faced lie.
Show me where he did that.
Please present for this thread Cain’s “solid illegal plan.”
Anything which doesn’t consist of blowing hot and cold has got to be solider. (Heartless)
That’s no answer — because for you to answer, would mean you would have to give facts. And the facts don’t play well with your narrative.
If I had a dime for every time you launched into that tired old schtick...
Face it, sugar, La Raza Rick would denounce anchovie sandwiches if he thought it would give him traction.
Nov. 18, 2011:
NEW YORKRepublican presidential hopeful Rick Perry says President Barack Obama and his administration are responsible for policies that have endangered agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Texas governor made his remarks while picking up an award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Perry said lack of funding and “bureaucratic bungling” in Washington have made the border less safe.
He singled out one program in particular, Operation Fast and Furious. The arms-trafficking probe run by the Justice Department allowed AK-47s and other weapons to leak into the black market.
To say that the border is safer than ever is to turn a blind eye to the very real dangers of federal and state law enforcement, Perry said. Even worse he sweeps aside the fact there is bureaucratic bungling that has made the border substantially more dangerous. Through the ill-conceived operation know as fast and furious, for instance, our own federal government provided more than 2,000 firearms to some of the most dangerous criminals in North America, many of which are still unaccounted for. Federal law enforcement officials deserve an attorney general who displays the same courage and sense of responsibility with which they serve. And America deserves a president and a Congress willing to give law enforcement officials the support they need to truly support our border.
...Perry, who was at the Waldorf Astoria event to receive the groups State Service Award, often laments the dangers presented by drug cartels and describes parts of the border as a war zone.
On Friday, he reiterated that sentiment, saying, Mexican drug cartels are a clear and present danger to America.
Perry got an enthusiastic reception for his proposals for smaller government and for his assertion that members of Congress who use privileged information in stock dealings should be treated like criminals.
Any congressman or senator whos used their insider knowledge to trade, to make money in the stock market oughta go to jail, period, he said to applause.
NRO: Perry Criticizes Administration Over Fast and Furious
....Perry pledged that if elected, he would increase by thousands the number of border patrol agents on the border, and use aviation assets to provide real-time information to those on the ground. We must secure that border, he emphasized.
Perry also touted his new Uproot and Overhaul Washington plan, particularly its elimination of lifetime terms for Supreme Court justices and its plank to cut congressional members pay in half and push for a part-time Congress. In our home state, our legislature meets for 140 days, every other year, he argued, noting that if a nation, Texas would be the worlds 13th largest economy....
Bolton is right on! As is Presidential candidate, Herman Cain. He said that the U. N. needs an "attitude adjustment." They are both correct.
The U. N. does have communist roots, and vile members; plus it favors "One World" government and would like to collect income taxes from Americans to empower itself. Democrats favor that U. N. position.
It sure ain’t “aww, that poor camel that just about is all the way in the tent, why shove it out.”
Is that Cain’s position?
Show me where he did that.
Here it is from April, 2009.......
Texans have a different feeling about independence, Perry told the group.
When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation, the governor can be heard saying. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So were kind of thinking about that again.
It suggests secession, no question about it. Whether he's joking or wrong can be argued, but not the fact he ever mentioned it.
From the anti-Perry MSM article:
...”An obscure interview with Perry, posted on the internet more than two years ago, has resurfaced as part of a harsh video put together by a group of Texas Democrats who dont want the Republican governor to be elected president. The Democrats found the interview on YouTube, originally posted in March 2009, and included it in a four-minute attack on Perry emailed to supporters last weekend.”....
It’s surprising his opponents would try to make use of the comment? Doesn’t change the fact he said it. I’m not entirely sure it’s not a legitimate option under certain circumstances.
Whatever Cain thinks, it doesn’t seem to be that. Like a myriad of issues, if pressed he’ll say he’ll field it to a team of experts. That doesn’t mean he’ll waffle once he’s heard from the experts.