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For more on this are joined by Aaron Miller -- a former advisor to six secretaries of state -- the author of the much too much promised land.
I hearing you say that Qaddafi is the least of our problems why.
Mean it's the long -- here that's important -- looking at the Arab spring over the last six months I remember all the breathless optimism and enthusiasm.
That many people.
Evidenced and and yet when you look at the situation Yemen inconclusive Syria the outside still in power.
Operating -- -- is still in power.
Even Egypt and Tunisia and these are long movies they're messy.
And they're gonna require an and an enormous amount of will and leadership.
On the part of the people who live in these these countries in Libya you've got a situation unlike any of the others were for the first time you actually will -- out.
Fundamental change in the political structure Qaddafi what's known Brazilian institutions.
The political structure of this country riven with tribal political geographic.
Is gonna present a huge problem so.
I think this is a wonderful outcome whether -- -- whether he's captured whether He takes his own life for whether he's killed in the fighting.
Another bad man.
Is not going to be with us for very much longer but the long -- here.
The future of the Libyan people their political institutions transparency.
The whole oil issue that's what really ought to concern now -- the Arab League the UN and certainly the united state what should our role be.
In the next elements.
You know I was one of those I spent.
Quite a while 45 years providing some good some bad advice of secretaries of state this was a really tough call.
President had a decision and make to intercede to prevent civilian atrocities or or do we do not.
So basically He He split the difference and came up with an approach which did take six months -- -- Congressional opposition.
At times incoherent.
At a time dysfunctional but at the end of the -- it worked we need to understand one thing we're involved now in two wars the longest in American history.
Which cost billions and billions of dollars not to mention.
American lives and the standard for victory in these places is not can we win in Iraq and Afghanistan -- when can we leave.
So the last thing we need.
Is another major American commitment.
Of money men and resource we need to do what we can help with weapons collection unfreeze Libyan assets.
Try to cobble together perhaps a UN peacekeeping force if that's required and provide what -- Developments is assistance we can't.
Aaron -- -- in here because I have some breaking news from the Pentagon at Clinton crossing the wires from pet at a pentagon spokesmen saying at this time.
That any posts -- mission does not.
Does not include boots on the ground that's one of the headlines coming across at this time that also our surveillance missions over Libya will continue over the coming days.
And finally that they -- do not believe that Qaddafi has left Libya let's go back to one of the points that you just mentioned in passing about weapons there's been a lot of -- variety of different reports of what Qaddafi does or does not have.
And what happens to those weapons whatever they are.
Out once this government falls.
Again as far as strategy and our own national security what is the best move of we don't have boots on the ground there -- to find out what's there and also to keep.
Our country secure.
Well the truth is we may not have boots on the ground but we have.
We have other kinds of shoes on the ground and have had them they're probably for for that for the last what is next nine months.
Well it means that -- just because there are not formal military personnel on the ground in Libya that doesn't mean that we don't have people there.
And those individuals.
Who know the weapons business and who know the Intel business.
Can probably play a major role in securing weapons like.
The portable com.
SA sevens which can be used to shoot down civilian airliners the real problem presses you've got to hemorrhaging probably.
From Libyan stockpiles.
Now if -- next Libyan government is pro western.
If it's coherent.
If -- essentially plays by plays by the rules it'll be less of a problem but it wants to sell these weapons it becomes factional lines.
This is going to be a significant.
And not just for the United States but for the west as well.
And that's as you mentioned defeat we don't know yet as to what happens with the next government Aaron always nice to have your insights thanks again for joining us.
Pleasure to be here.
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