From THINK PROGRESS SECURITY:
Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin asserted in a blog post that Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry did not write a Friday pro-Israel op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal and Israel’s Jerusalem Post. The op-ed, in which Perry cherry-picked a quote from a historian to link Texas and Israel, criticized President Obama’s pro-Israel record. “Perry almost certainly didn’t write it,” said Rubin. “We know that because his own foreign policy views are rudimentary. [...] A ghostwritten piece so far above his current abilities highlights the concern.” Rubin acknowledged that “most pols have these things written for them,” but said that “until he personally could articulate his thoughts in detail, [advisers] should forgo the pretense of sophistication.” Among Perry’s top reported foreign policy contacts are former Bush officials Donald Rumsfeld and Douglas Feith. So who wrote Perry’s Op-Ed?
And from that blog post from Jennifer Rubin at POST OPINIONS at The Washington Post:
In today’s Wall Street Journal, there is an op-ed under Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s name. It hits all the right notes on why the U.S. must support Israel at the U.N. It cites facts and figures. It is briskly written in a style reminiscent of the keenest pro-Israel conservatives. And Perry almost certainly didn’t write it.
Perry’s problem is not what he thinks or where his values lie on foreign policy. His challenge is to shed the image of a novice with a sparse understanding of the nuts and bolts of foreign policy. His campaign advisors should resist the urge to portray him as a guru, and instead take the time to educate and develop their candidate’s knowledge. And until he personally could articulate his thoughts in detail, they should forgo the pretense of sophistication.
He’s Princess Sarah in cowboy boots and a Stetson.