Eric Gay, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry says U.S. forces heading into combat must be led by American commanders, not multinational organizations.
Addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual convention, the Republican presidential hopeful said Monday he wants the U.S. to avoid "military adventurism."
But he also said the U.S. military must be ready to strike whenever necessary and "not concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies," drawing sustained applause.
Perry didn't elaborate. But the Obama administration has backed NATO-led airstrikes in Libya.
Perry was invited as governor of the state hosting the VFW convention before entering the presidential race.
Another Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is scheduled to address the convention Tuesday. The nation's oldest major veterans organization, the VFW is meeting in San Antonio through Thursday.
- Police boss: NYC cops 'quite simply,...
- The Associated Press' top 10 movies of the year
- Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity
- 2 cops in New York City ambushed, fatally...
- What people never mention when they talk...
- Think your marital status is important? The...
- A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba...
- Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has aneurysm
- Obama: US re-establishing diplomatic... 49
- Vermont governor abandons single-payer... 32
- A post-election flurry: Obama tests his... 16
- Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25... 15
- Forget Santa Claus, Virginia. Was there... 14
- NYC premiere of Rogen film 'The... 8
- Utah mourners for Pakistani children... 8
- Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough... 7