Rick Perry is on the conservative right. He’s got the T-shirt on fiscal
policy, gun control, abortion and evolution. But what about the foreign
policy of the Republican presidential contender?
Here he is addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday: America should not engage in “military adventurism.” We should only risk shedding American blood and spending American treasure when “our vital interests are threatened.” We should “build coalitions among nations.”
But before you conclude that Perry is the anti-Bush candidate, hear this, from the same speech: the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should mean a renewed commitment against America’s enemies, “wherever they are, before they strike at home.” That sounds more like Bush’s preemptive doctrine. And when he says “we cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies,” he echoes Bush’s visceral dislike of the United Nations.
What were his thoughts on Syria and Libya? He didn’t say. So I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But right now, I’m confused.