MANCHESTER, N.H. â€” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug-related violence and stop it from spilling into the southern United States.
â€œIt may require our military in Mexico,â€ Perry said in answer to a question about the growing threat of drug violence along the southern border. Perry offered no details, and a spokesman, Robert Black, said afterward that sending troops to Mexico would be merely one way of putting an end to the exploding cartel-related violence in the region.
Black said Perryâ€™s intention is to work with the Mexican government, but he declined to specify whether Perry is amenable to sending troops into Mexico with or without the countryâ€™s consent.
â€œIf he were president he would do what it takes,â€ Black said. â€œThe governor said, â€˜Iâ€™m going to work with the Mexican government to do whatâ€™s necessary.â€™â€‰â€
Based on reading the whole article, it appears to me less that Perry is really thinking about sending troops into Mexico, but rather that he hadn’t really thought anything through at all, and that’s the first thing that popped up in his head at the time of the question. And now his spokesperson is trying to justify what he said.
That doesn’t make me any more confident about Perry. It’s just a matter of figuring out what kind of stupid he is.