Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened a new line of criticism against President Obama today, saying that the president hadn’t shown the proper courtesy in welcoming troops returning home from the war in Iraq.

“It really disturbs me that after nine years of war in Iraq, this president wouldn’t welcome our many heroes home with a simple parade in their honor,” Perry said during a meet-and-greet with the West Side Conservative Club here. Perry speculated that there was no parade because of the war’s unpopularity among Democrats. “”I don’t know,” he said. “But, Mr. President, our soldiers come first, and it comes before party politics.”

Obama gave a speech at Fort Bragg, N.C., earlier this month to mark the end of the war and honor the troops. He also laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, devoted a Christmas Eve video address to thanking the troops, and participated with Vice President Joe Biden in a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base to receive the American colors returning from Baghdad.

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