Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday to tackle a subject that has been the source of increasing alarm in the United States — national security.
He warned of the rising danger that Islamic State terrorists are posing worldwide — a peril President Obama seems almost oblivious to. Perry started out by refuting the claim the president makes repeatedly: That the militants bear no allegiance to Islam.
“They are a religious movement that seeks to take the world back to the 7th century,” Perry said. “Their aims are apocalyptic.”
The former governor then referred to other Obama claims bearing little relation to reality.
“The president declared in the State of the Union that the advance of ISIS has been stopped, and that is simply not true,” Perry said. “We didn’t start this war, nor did we choose it, but we will have the will to finish it.”
Perry addressed the country’s crumbling reputation among nations — both friend and foe — a result of six years of Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy.
“Our allies doubt us, and our adversaries are all too willing to test us,” he said. “No one should be surprised that dictators like [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad [would] cross the president’s red line because he knows the president won’t even defend the line that separates our nation from Mexico.”
When Obama declined Perry’s invitation to see first-hand the escalating influx of illegal aliens through the U.S,-Mexican border, Perry sent Texas National Guard troops to patrol the border’s hot spots.
“And that’s exactly why last summer I told the president, looked him right in the eye and I said, ‘If you will not secure the border between Texas and Mexico, Texas will,’” he said.
Perry also addressed the nation’s unemployment rate, which he called “a sham,” but still saw hope for the future.
“We’ve survived worse,” he said. “We had a Civil War in this country. We had two world wars. We had a Great Depression. We even survived Jimmy Carter. We will survive the Obama years, too.”
No matter how attractive a Ted Cruz may be to some, after six years of the Obama administration, Americans are becoming less enamored of another lawmaker ascending to the presidency.
America hungers for someone with executive experience — someone used to making tough decisions and seeing them through.
It’s becoming apparent that for conservatives, that choice comes down to either Perry or Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Either would be a breath of fresh air for an ailing nation.
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