After Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s op-ed in the Washington Post, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fought back at his fellow Republican with his own piece in Politico Magazine, saying Perry’s “new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.”
It was another shot in a growing foreign policy feud between the two.
While Paul opened up by saying there are many thing he likes about Perry, he doesn’t waste any time going after the governor.
“There are obviously many important events going on in the world right now, but with 60,000 foreign children streaming across the Texas border, I am surprised Governor Perry has apparently still found time to mischaracterize and attack my foreign policy,” Paul writes.
“Governor Perry writes a fictionalized account of my foreign policy so mischaracterizing my views that I wonder if he’s even really read any of my policy papers,” Paul said in response to Perry’s op-ed.
On the topic of Iraq:
“In fact, some of Perry’s solutions for the current chaos in Iraq aren’t much different from what I’ve proposed, something he fails to mention. His solutions also aren’t much different from President Barack Obama’s, something he also fails to mention. Because interestingly enough, there aren’t that many good choices right now in dealing with this situation in Iraq.
“Perry says there are no good options. I’ve said the same thing. President Obama has said the same thing. So what are Perry’s solutions and why does he think they are so bold and different from anyone else’s?”
Paul takes a shot at Perry for previously advocating sending troops back into Iraq.
“If refusing to send Americans to die for a country that refuses to defend itself makes one an “isolationist,” then perhaps its time we finally retire that pejorative,” Paul wrote.
“Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want to send U.S. soldiers back into Iraq. Is Perry calling the entire country “isolationist” too?”