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Report from the Hill:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he will visit Israel this October, the clearest sign yet he is considering running for president in 2016.

“We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum,” Perry told The Washington Times in an interview.

But apparently the office Gov. Perry aspires to is one in the United States?

H/t Mark Harrison.

P.S. Michael Scheuer:

“By faction,” James Madison, the Constitution’s father, wrote in the justly famous Federalist No. 10, ”I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent interests of the community.”

Now, one must presume that Mr. Madison never imagined that the two houses of the United States Congress and the federal executive branch could conceivably combine with what today is called a “private interest group” – namely AIPAC – to be exactly the sort of faction that would threaten both “the rights of other citizens” and “the permanent interests of the community.”

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 12, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Perry’s major in college was Animal Science. He’s a former Eagle Scout and Military Cargo plane pilot. He’s the longest running Texas governor. Nothing indicates he would have even a basic knowledge of the history of the I-P conflict. He’s perfect for the next POTUS, a cunning bumpkin, ignoramus versus the last of the WASPs, Hillary, an Ivy League pantsuit gal, who knows better, but, basically has intermarried into AIPAC. Somebody to contrast both with is Ralph Nader, who taught us unsafe at any speed, and has brought it to a level far behind the car industry. I predict the females will usher in the Hillary Clinton Era. After the Obama Era, followed by the Hillary Era, there will not be much left of America, but it will again be open to serious thinking about both the US domestic politics and foreign affairs–but by then we will be a 3rd World country with a veneer of something else.

  2. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    July 12, 2013, 5:16 pm

    “Arabs, Christian and Jews”

    Shouldn’t that be “Muslims, Christians and Jews”?? Oh, that’s right, Perry’s a moron.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    July 12, 2013, 5:23 pm

    “First stop for presidential contenders begins with I, but it’s not Iowa”

    Well, that’s what you get when you permit traitors’ and fifth-columnists’ money to buy elections.

    • Dutch
      Dutch
      July 12, 2013, 8:52 pm

      “First stop for presidential contenders begins with I, but it’s not Iowa”

      Must be Iran.

  4. just
    just
    July 12, 2013, 6:44 pm

    ““We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum,” Perry told The Washington Times in an interview.”

    What a load of poo. He remains a true rube. Wonder where he’ll get his “Arabs” from. Why did he call Christian and Jews by their faith, and not Muslims? Is it a “dirty” word to him?

    Bring on the clown show. I truly believe that Presidential contenders should mind their own country’s business and not pay homage to Israel– they are mucking about in foreign affairs and being disingenuous.

    Don’t they pledge allegiance to our flag, and only our flag?

  5. piotr
    piotr
    July 12, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Alexandra Petri of WP:

    So-called insiders are already pointing out why it would be a bad idea for him to run. They say reasonable-sounding things, like, “Are you kidding me? Rick Perry?”

    Sure, he fizzled in 2012, a year when a piece of damp cardboard led the field for a full 6 weeks after someone pointed out it was not Mitt Romney. So how could he expect to prevail against people such as Chris Christie and Marco Rubio, who not only are actual live humans but also possess the significant advantages of not being Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain or The Individual Under Donald Trump’s Hair? He couldn’t beat Rick Santorum, and you couldn’t even Google Rick Santorum!

    I think this “damp cardboard” snark is a bit gratuitous: why damp? Anyway, from Wikipedia: ” Most infamously, in a debate on November 9, 2011, Perry began a fiery statement about his platform, pledging to eliminate three government departments, but after naming the departments of Education and Commerce, he couldn’t remember the third. ”

    Unfortunately, trekking to Israel is not as stupid as Perry in general. As a President, he will probably invade two countries (including New Mexico?), and then the entire world will be terrified what will happen next.

  6. ckg
    ckg
    July 12, 2013, 9:48 pm

    Can Anyone Stop Rick In 2016? It looks like everything is aligned for Rick Perry to be the GOP nominee: Time

  7. thankgodimatheist
    thankgodimatheist
    July 13, 2013, 2:26 am

    Prepare the donkey…

    • Dutch
      Dutch
      July 13, 2013, 11:38 pm

      @ ThankGod
      “Prepare the donkey…”

      This is an absolute winner. Ten points.

  8. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 13, 2013, 4:44 am

    Perry seemed dumb as a stump to me when I watched him face candidate questions regarding national issues. Yet, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years. Maybe he could cash in on that number one issue?

    Texas is consistently ranked as the nation’s best place to do business and create jobs.

    JOBS and I Heart Israel could prove decisive since no other issues come close as solid winners across the political spectrum of divisive issues.

    • piotr
      piotr
      July 14, 2013, 1:02 pm

      Texas gets some of its revenue from oil, and as the prices remained high after the economic downturn the state did not need to slash services, raise taxes etc. You could be a genius in California and the state would have troubles anyway.

      The other thing is that Texas has a peculiar government system, uniquely suited for cretin governors.

  9. just
    just
    July 13, 2013, 8:18 am

    Interesting opinion article with some pertinent excerpts:

    “The re-introduction of a bill designed to defund NGOs critical of Israeli government policy is disappointing for those hoping that the anti-democratic legislation that characterized the last Knesset had ended with this year’s elections………….”

    “After all, some legislators who were backbenchers two years ago hold ministerial positions now. The influence of Yisrael Beiteinu, with its disregard for the basics of liberal democracy, and Habayit Hayehudi, with its annexationist one-state agenda, practically guaranteed a renewed assault on the NGOs that oppose those intentions, be they radical or mainstream. Likud has all but shed its last remaining small “d” democrats and is more and more a party of the settler right. And the alliance between these hardline legislators and the now-discredited operatives of Im Tirtzu, long exposed as a front for former leaders of the radical settler movement, is durable as well.”

    “The re-introduction of a bill designed to defund NGOs critical of Israeli government policy is disappointing for those hoping that the anti-democratic legislation that characterized the last Knesset had ended with this year’s elections. But this bill is neither shocking nor isolated from the larger political picture. Anyone carefully following the trends in Israel could have predicted that efforts to repress dissent and disguise a radically ultra-nationalist agenda would continue despite the more moderate character of the new Knesset……………..”

    “This is a transnational problem. The millions of dollars flowing from right-wing American millionaires, neo-con front groups and some evangelical Christian organizations to settlements and bogus “watch” organizations designed to repress criticism of government policy are not, of course, targeted by this or any other legislation. The careful re-messaging by the ultra-nationalists from “pursuing God’s will for the Greater Land of Israel” to “defending the honor of IDF soldiers” bespeaks a thoughtful and coordinated strategy. But the vigilante price-tag attacks on Palestinians, mosques, monasteries and even an army base demonstrate what the most radical element of this movement is capable of.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/looking-behind-the-curtain-of-ultra-nationalist-zealotry-1.535518

  10. Tom Suarez
    Tom Suarez
    July 13, 2013, 8:31 am

    One of the most articulate warnings of Israel’s corrupting effect on the United States remains Moshe Menuhin’s classic “Decadence of Judaism in Our Time” (1965). He published a second edition in 1969 that includes a section on the 1967 war. Used copies of both editions are readily available and highly recommended.
    Moshe Menuhin (1893-1983), the father of the great violinst Yehudi, lived through the rise of Zionism and attended the nationalistic Gymnasia Herzlia in Jaffa.

  11. Marshall
    Marshall
    July 13, 2013, 8:57 am

    As a President, he will probably invade two countries (including New Mexico?), and then the entire world will be terrified what will happen next.

    Well, on the bright side, what will happen next is he’ll forget the other country on his list!

  12. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    July 14, 2013, 10:21 am

    Eventually no American seeking political office will dare go to a country like Israel…unless it changes.

    Gideon Levy for BDS in Haaretz.
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-israeli-patriot-s-final-refuge-boycott.premium-1.535596

    ‘Anyone who really fears for the future of the country needs to be in favor at this point of boycotting it economically.

    A contradiction in terms? We have considered the alternatives. A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.’

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