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Texas Governor Rick Perry visits Iraq
Associated Press ^ | 1/24/06

Posted on 01/24/2006 10:08:16 AM PST by Cat loving Texan

Governor Perry visits Iraq

11:50 AM CST on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 Associated Press

Texas Governor Rick Perry has traveled to Iraq with three other governors in a surprise visit to troops from their states.

Perry joined Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal.

A Huckabee spokeswoman says the four all left for Iraq on Sunday after receiving classified briefings at the Pentagon.

Perry and Huckabee are Republicans. Doyle and Reudenthal are Democrats.

Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart says the Pentagon arrange the trip to raise the governors' awareness of the global war on terror.

Texas officials were planning a briefing later in the day Tuesday.

A Perry spokeswoman says the trip couldn't be discussed earlier because of security reasons.

The governors' itinerary included a stop at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and stops in parts of Iraq with briefings by the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: rickperry; texas
What the hell is the Texas Governor doing visiting Iraq?
1 posted on 01/24/2006 10:08:18 AM PST by Cat loving Texan
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To: Cat loving Texan
What the hell is the Texas Governor doing visiting Iraq?

How many Ft Hood troops are there? Seems he is supporting Texas citizens.
2 posted on 01/24/2006 10:11:25 AM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Uh -- visiting troops from Texas?


3 posted on 01/24/2006 10:11:49 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: mnehrling

Maybe he's visiting Texas troops, but it seems like this would take a lot of unnesessary time and security.


4 posted on 01/24/2006 10:13:22 AM PST by Cat loving Texan
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To: Cat loving Texan
The same can be said about many other trips.. I didn't hear people complaining about the time and security USO trips take.. Seems Governor Perry is much more important than Neil Mccoy or Pat Boone.
note: I fully support the USO..
5 posted on 01/24/2006 10:15:27 AM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Yeah, if that's such a huge issue for you, we should probably shut down the USO, right? After all, we have to provide expensive and "unnecessary" security for the celebrities who go out to support the troops. Surely we could save money by simply not entertaining the troops or boosting their morale.

You disgust me.


6 posted on 01/24/2006 10:18:08 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
Cat Loving may not fall into this category, but there is a segment that hates everything that Governor Perry does, similar to the lefties hate for President Bush. I used to think it started with the Trans-Texas issue, but that is so trivial, there must be something else.. too much hair gel maybe?
7 posted on 01/24/2006 10:21:00 AM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Your agenda is showing. You didn't even mention the other governors. And if you are really from Texas, why aren't you flying a Texas flag on your home page.


8 posted on 01/24/2006 10:40:33 AM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Was his hair coifed?


9 posted on 01/24/2006 10:48:06 AM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: ladtx
Uh -- visiting troops from Texas?

Sure makes sense, don't it?

Perry has been real attentive about seeing the troops off and being on hand to welcome them back.

Though the 56th Combat Brigade (Texas 36th Infantry Division) has just returned home, I believe there are still Texas National Guard troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan . . . plus those serving with the reserves and regular forces deployed from Texas.

Hope Perry does the full tour, though.

Toward the end of January we deployed elements of the 36th to both Kosovo and the Sinai.  Bet the guys and gals in the Sinai especially would appreciate a little attention. 

Hey, maybe the Gov will bring along some good down home Tex-Mex cooking!

10 posted on 01/24/2006 11:04:58 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: Racehorse
This morning I got an email from my husband: "Guess who I just ate dinner with?

The answer is: Governor Dave Freudenthal of the great state of Wyoming.

I even have a coin and a small state flag with his autograph to prove it."

We're originally from Wyoming, now we're brand new baby Texans. This was a real treat for him on both sides.

11 posted on 01/24/2006 11:13:58 AM PST by Marie (Support the Troops. Slap a hippy.)
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To: PAR35



That's Right (You're Not from Texas)
by Lyle Lovett, Willis Alan Ramsey & Alison Rogers
(listen)

Lyrics
Songs
Home
You say you’re not from Texas
Man as if I couldn't tell
You think you pull your boots on right
And wear your hat so well

So pardon me my laughter
’Cause I sure do understand
Even Moses got excited
When he saw the promised land

Chorus:
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas want you anyway

Chorus

See I was born and raised in Texas
And it means so much to me
Though my girl comes from down in Georgia
We were up in Tennessee

And as we were driving down the highway
She asked me baby what’s so great
How come you’re always going on
About your Lone Star State

I said that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas want you anyway

Chorus

Oh the road it looked so lovely
As she stood there on the side
And she grew smaller in my mirror
As I watched her wave goodbye

Those boys from Carolina
They sure enough could sing
But when they came on down to Texas
We all showed them how to swing

Now David’s on the radio
And old Champ’s still on the guitar
And Uncle Walt he’s home with Heidi
Hiding in her loving arms

Chorus

Chorus

They’re OK in Oklahoma
Up in Arkansas they’re fair
But those old folks in Missouri
They don’t even know you’re there

But at a dance hall down in Texas
That’s the finest place to be
The women they all look beautiful
And their men will buy your beer for free

And they’ll say that’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas want you anyway

Chorus

So won’t you let me help you Mister
Just pull your hat down the way I do
And buy your pants just a little longer
And next time somebody laughs at you

You just tell ’em you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
That’s right you’re not from Texas
But Texas want you anyway

Chorus

12 posted on 01/24/2006 11:21:24 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: PAR35

Thought the Lyle Lovett lyrics were appropriate to go with your response to Cat loving Texan.


13 posted on 01/24/2006 11:23:07 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Cat loving Texan

"Texas Governor Rick Perry has traveled to Iraq with three other governors in a surprise visit to troops from their states.
Perry joined Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal."

Sounds like a good idea. Good way to support the troops, Govenors...



14 posted on 01/24/2006 11:26:42 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: mnehrling

Don't forget about troops from Ft. Bliss


15 posted on 01/24/2006 11:32:56 AM PST by TexanByBirth
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To: Cat loving Texan
He was just on TV. He was wearing a Texas T-Patch on his jacket, which caught my eye, before I knew who he was.
16 posted on 01/24/2006 11:46:38 AM PST by syriacus ("Job discrim-in-i-Cation" --- Tedward Kennedy coinage, 1/23/2006)
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To: Cat loving Texan
Texas Guard Soldiers Prepare to Deploy

Soldiers of the 36th Infantry Division's 56th Brigade Combat Team train on Fort Hood, Texas, for their upcoming deployment to Iraq.

By Master Sgt. Lek Mateo /56th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas, Oct. 22, 2004 — For any athletes, constant practice and teamwork can make the difference between winning and losing a big game. But for the soldiers of the 36th Infantry Division's 56th Brigade Combat Team, the intense combat training that they are performing here in preparation for their deployment to Iraq is no game, because losing can mean the difference between life and death.

The call-up of about 3,000 Texas citizen-soldiers for duty in southwest Asia to support Operation Iraqi Freedom is the largest mobilization in the state's history since World War II.

After half a century, the 36th Infantry Division, formally the 49th Armored Division, was reactivated to help transform the Texas Army National Guard into a more mobile and lethal fighting force that will see ,b>a new generation of soldiers wearing the "T-Patch" committed to helping fight the global war on terrorism and carry on the proud legacy established by their predecessors.

[excerpt]
17 posted on 01/24/2006 11:55:38 AM PST by syriacus ("Job discrim-in-i-Cation" --- Tedward Kennedy coinage, 1/23/2006)
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To: ladtx

And Perry is former military, btw... pilot.


18 posted on 01/24/2006 12:01:22 PM PST by austinTparty
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To: mnehrling
Trans-Texas issue, but that is so trivial

Trivial? Having your farm or ranch taken from you and given to a mega-corporation to make a monster highway through your rural community is trivial?
19 posted on 01/24/2006 12:11:47 PM PST by BJClinton (Mr. August)
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To: Cat loving Texan

I must admit, that until this year, Perry didn't do much for me, but I've come around on him, and I will gladly vote for his re-election.


20 posted on 01/24/2006 12:13:42 PM PST by dfwgator
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I wonder why Huck didnt go to Iraq when 3/4 of his guard was there. I dont think more than 400 arkansas national guard members are there now


21 posted on 01/24/2006 12:21:08 PM PST by Kewlhand`tek (Those that can't , Teach. Those that can't teach , Report)
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To: BJClinton
The rural communities are supporting it. Highway programs are one of the few ways governments can actually boost enterprise outside of tax benefits. In the case of at least the east part of the corridor, most of this will be on the current 59/259 improvement plan, and will have very little impact on anyone who doesn't live right on the current highways, and those people would be effected by the improvement program anyway.
From my understanding, this is similar to what we're seeing in the west part of the corridor as well.
Of course, the Farm Bureau has raised concerns that there may be an issue with the 1,200 foot 'right of way' possibly interfering with farms, however, this only results in 146 acres per road mile, very little difference over the right of way variance (of about 135 acres per road mile) on the current roadways the corridor will be built on.

Right now, no farms have been 'split' as the fear. Those battles should be fought individually if they even come up.

Perry has even proposed taking a lot of the burden off taxpayers by shifting the corridor to a toll situation. I can see where many don't like this, but they will pay through either taxes or another means. At least with tolls, much of the burden will go to truckers (mostly from Mexico and out of state.)
22 posted on 01/24/2006 12:29:12 PM PST by mnehring (Perry 06- It's better than a hippie in a cowboy hat or a commie with blue hair.)
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To: mnehrling
The rural communities are supporting it.

No one I know in Lee County is supporting this. The exit ramps will not bring extra business into the county. Basically, this monster will slice the county in half, destroying numerous farms and ranches in the process, without much, if any, economic benefit.
23 posted on 01/24/2006 1:27:30 PM PST by BJClinton (Mr. August)
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To: dfwgator

"I must admit, that until this year, Perry didn't do much for me, but I've come around on him, and I will gladly vote for his re-election."

Dittos


24 posted on 01/24/2006 1:54:39 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: Cat loving Texan

Why do you have a problem with him visiting Iraq? I don't get it.


25 posted on 01/24/2006 1:56:12 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: penelopesire

Just seems like a lot of security and military resources are being used for governors' photo ops. If it helps morale then great, but I think that's the purpose of the USO. I'm all for him welcoming the troops home when they return. That seems more appropriate for a governor.


26 posted on 01/24/2006 2:15:42 PM PST by Cat loving Texan
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To: Cat loving Texan

well..poppycock. Many politicians have been to Iraq. Texas has alot of troops in Iraq and clearly some of them get a kick out of having dinner and being listened to by their elected reps. Find something else to set your hair on fire over..(grin) Chill on this one.


27 posted on 01/24/2006 2:49:12 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: penelopesire

Believe me I'm not pulling my hair out on this. Just seemed a little strange for a state leader with no impact on the Iraq policy would be there.


28 posted on 01/24/2006 2:53:24 PM PST by Cat loving Texan
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To: Cat loving Texan

It isn't all about policy..sometimes it is about troop morale. LOL..why was Kerry in Pakistan last week? He has no impact on foreign policy....LMAO!!


29 posted on 01/24/2006 3:00:27 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: Cat loving Texan

"What the hell is the Texas Governor doing visiting Iraq?"

Is that you, Mrs. Keeton Rylander Strayhon?


30 posted on 01/24/2006 3:04:47 PM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Cat loving Texan
Believe me I'm not pulling my hair out on this. Just seemed a little strange for a state leader with no impact on the Iraq policy would be there.

Your trying to construct a faulty argument. His trip wasn't to shape foreign policy. Governors aren't elected to "shape foreign policy", that's part of the President's responsibility as leader of the United States. Governor Perry realizes that, you obviously don't. His trip was to boost morale of troops who happend to be from his state.

The fact that he meets and greets troops as they come home to Texas speaks volumes of the guy. I cannot say that for one single Democrat in this country, and Murtha and Moran come to mind.

They go out of their way to cut the President down, go to foreign lands to see things for themselves first hand, but they don't bother to welcome their own constituents home, and they have the audacity to say they support the troops.

31 posted on 01/25/2006 3:13:08 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Cat loving Texan

Love him or hate him, Perry and the State of TX ran rings around everyone else during Katrina and Rita, so he's entitled to make this trip...moreso than the other governors, IMO.


32 posted on 01/25/2006 8:58:16 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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