Troop Withdrawal: Is America the Weak Horse?
What message are we sending by leaving?
- Duration 5:04
- Date Jun 30, 2011
What message are we sending by leaving?
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I'm sure you today out in New York is it where it really special -- not only issue now we go sort of one issue after -- today we've got three.
This senior people who think about these issues.
The people in the country are really VIPs guys you know you're doing everything business intelligence.
To farm policy and military authorities asked them to save for the entire hour we'll take your questions if you wanna email until -- -- -- -- live chat.
But why don't -- -- issues that we've been discussing sell out.
Joining me again today is friend of the show Jim Woolsey James Woolsey -- debut as the former director of central -- -- former head of the CIA.
He is chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies is a venture partner Lux capital management.
Next we have a new guy have it show me your general.
Tom workers and -- safer -- retired.
-- was it -- this CEO I've -- naval institute yes think tank for the navy right.
We hope so -- and -- one of my former colleagues from that Reagan administration Jack -- There's right now is the vice president for our car ferries and the business world that somebody who has a West Point grad.
-- speechwriter cap Weinberger and a as a federated administration which I thank you might start out fish and we'll however and here we are in Kabul we've had a bombing which is asked this to happen.
It's a bombing that happened at a hotel which -- Certain landmark building of the Karzai government is where the Karzai government grants came to -- Afghan -- for a after the Taliban have been defeated so they be in there that's -- sort of signature building.
And it was on the eve of a conference where the Afghan government.
We're going to meet with the various military guys and the US and I sent military to talk about the transition and handover.
From the US senate and coalition for access to the Afghans.
Suicide terrorist attack on the -- -- that any talk about something -- -- you rate in the any thoughts.
The purpose is to focus in Leon.
I think the president's announcement of withdrawal schedule.
Not even taking advantage of the second potential round of fighting I hear from this summer.
Made us look why didn't bin Laden's classic of formulation of the week course rather than a strong horse.
You think this attack was as a result of the president's remarks -- was -- planned parent.
I think it's probably planned before but it's part of what we will see a lot which is finding a way to stick finger in RI as we leave.
It's starting to have a big effect in the Middle East.
Martin John -- conference on a world without terrorist a few days ago.
And presidents of Pakistan and Iraq and Afghanistan came.
And they sat and listened to him talk about how the United States have been the ones who had done 9/11 on anybody 08 and yeah.
Howard got an out and I sat down -- honors -- and there was no holocaust of course that's also an invention.
And the world will be a much better place once we can get Israel in the United States that out of them as part of the world and they all smiling when he -- it's against north Americans believe Americans lead our country believing our country stands.
We looked like the week course and there's no real way to hold back schedule that the president has and has.
Sent out and and talked about and and anything else.
First we haven't done very well it's -- slightly.
If you take a -- and there are some good -- orders bad Morrison a lot of wars -- -- let me give you an example of good.
The best when you can think of was when bush 41 was president we went to Kuwait because we're gonna liberate Kuwait we liberated Kuwait we came home.
Done that -- a mission to create out of tiger fans are saying we said what we're gonna do.
Everybody knew what we were gonna do it was right up there and headlines and then we did it.
And then we came home the military accomplish their mission that was the end of it.
Now critics and pundits can get along afterwards and work on and say maybe we should have -- but the fact is we said what we're gonna do we went and did it.
We came home to contrast -- to act now contrast that maybe with Vietnam.
And -- a bad one if you want to use as example.
We went there we spent like years and lives and then we left as Jim points out essentially with our tail between our legs and the and the rest is history.
-- wars are where we are right now.
We don't really know the goals -- -- goals keep changing we're incrementally beginning to back out of a situation might never have been able to manage from the beginning.
And we don't look so good doing it because everybody else watches and they recognize.
How many folks go to Super Bowl to watch their team play.
They go to watch them win and they have to define that -- and if so if you wanna say it isn't good to withdraw early out of Afghanistan what's your -- Then you can decide if it's good if your goals mushy.
Yeah hey -- how -- you -- -- when we stand up and share.