Rick Perry, Rand Paul hit dithering Dems
A pair of possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates attacked President Obama's blunt admission that he does not yet have a strategy to counter ISIS militants in Syria, just as the White House tried to clarify the president's intention.Perry gave rousing speech that hit Obama on numerous issues while touting the Texas economy. Rand Paul focused more of his comments attacking Hillary Clinton's failures on Benghazi. His argument against Hillary's failure of leadership is the most effective I have heard to date and other potential candidates should study in in preparation to running against her.
At a conservative gathering in Dallas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed the president for "dithering" on a decision of whether to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, accusing the president of "always playing catch-up" on the world stage.
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"ISIS is not the junior varsity," said Perry, who is believed to be considering another bid for president in 2016, directing his comments towards the president. "It is a clear and present danger to the free worldand, Mr. President, the peace of the world requires presidential decisiveness, not dithering and debating."
"American leadership is needed now, more than ever," he added. "Presidential leadership is needed now, more than ever."
At the same Dallas gathering, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, also criticized the president's comment.
"The president recently said that he has no strategy for the Middle East. Do you think Gen. Patton had a strategy before he went to battle? Do you think Douglas MacArthur had a strategy before he went to battle? How about Gen. Eisenhower? You'd think he had a strategy before he went to battle," Paul said. "Well, you know what I think? If the president has no strategy, maybe it's time for a new president."
Perry and Paul were reacting to comments Obama made Thursday when asked if he would seek congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria.