AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report)—An aide to Rick Perry is confident that the Texas Governor proved he "has what it takes to be President" with his decision on Monday to send troops somewhere for no reason.
By deploying a thousand National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, Perry has shown that as President he would be "ready and willing" to use troops without a defined objective, mission, or exit strategy, the aide confirmed.
"Sending troops someplace with no clear idea of why they are going or what they are supposed to be doing once they get there is a key part of the Presidential skill set," said the aide, Harland Dorrinson. "Rick Perry has just shown that he's got that nailed down."
Dorrinson acknowledged that the gold standard for using troops for no reason might have been set by Perry's predecessor in Texas, George W. Bush, but added, "If anyone can beat that record, it's Rick."
According to the aide, Perry's "extremely Presidential response" to the immigration crisis is already winning him the praise of G.O.P. voters. "Nothing unites Republicans more than standing up to children," he said.
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.