Gov. Rick Perry turns to Doug Feith for national security

Updated 7:00 p.m.

In what looks to increasingly be an inevitable presidential bid, Rick Perry has turned to Doug Feith to discuss national security matters, according to a report at National Review Online.

Feith, a fellow at the Hudson Institute, was previously undersecretary of defense for policy under the George W. Bush administration and is widely considered to be one of the main architects of the Iraq invasion.

Joining Perry and Feith for the meeting was another former Bush administration official, William Luti, who served as special assistant to the president and senior director for defense policy and strategy for the National Security Council. Ben Smith at Politico has more details from the meeting.

As it stands now, there is no reason to believe that either Feith or Luti are serving Perry or his potential campaign in any official capacity, as some media outlets are reporting.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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