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Rick Perry's Fall Trip to Israel Sign of Another Potential White House Bid

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Friday, 12 Jul 2013 01:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn't said he's a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but he continues to act like it.

In an interview with the Washington Times, Perry said he’ll visit Israel in October "to bring together Arabs, Christians, and Jews in an educational forum."

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Israel is considered a top destination for potential presidential candidates looking to validate their foreign-policy credentials.

Three of Perry's potential opponents — Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Ted Cruz of Texas — already have made treks to the Holy Land this year.

The National Journal this week quoted unidentified Texas Republicans saying Perry definitely will run in 2016.

When asked by the Times what would propel him into a presidential run, Perry responded that he has "plenty of time to make that decision."

During the interview, Perry was critical of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush for their decisions involving military operations.

"Having a president who has not served in the military and does not understand the burden of sending our treasure — our young men and women — into battle is wrong," he said.

"Afghanistan is a good example of how we can learn from history but have not. From Alexander the Great to the British Empire to the Soviets, the people of Afghanistan remained the same. Why we thought we would have a different outcome using our treasure and resources, I will never understand," he added.

Perry was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and flew for the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron. He left five years later with the rank of captain.

Perry told the Times that Americans must decide what is important to them.

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"Social issues, foreign policy, national security and other issues, but all those issues — many of them should be the purview of states, not the federal government," he said.

"You can’t have any of these if you do not take appropriate care of taxes, regulation, legal policies, so that there can be the revenues for those desires."

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