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Rick Perry vs. Turkey: A rebuttal from Turkey

Rick Perry slammed Turkey, a US ally, as ruled by "Islamic terrorists." Turkey's ambassador to the US replies.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney listen at the South Carolina Republican presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Monday night. (

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Rick Perry lumped Turkey in with Iran and Syria during remarks at the most recent GOP debate, lambasting the country’s (democratically elected) government as “what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists.”

Perry did get quite the loaded lead-in from moderator and Fox News host Brett Bair:

Governor Perry, since the Islamist-oriented party took over in Turkey, the murder rate of women has increased 1,400 percent there. Press freedom has declined to the level of Russia. The prime minister of Turkey has embraced Hamas and Turkey has threatened military force against both Israel and Cypress. Given Turkey’s turn, do you believe Turkey still belongs in NATO?

Perry offered thus:


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