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And welcome to FOX News Sunday panel plus with Bill Kristol former democratic senator Evan Bayh at Rollins and Juan Williams.
But -- although political news in the doings on Capitol Hill we didn't talk about a a real milestone today which happened.
This morning and that is at the last US troops left.
Bill -- -- after almost nine years there your thoughts about.
What this -- and where the path forward for the US and Iraq though he's looking ahead.
The president spoke eloquently this week about the sacrifices we've made in Iraqi submitted.
And to try to secure a better decent outcome pretty good -- actually in Iraq and I'm very worried that the full withdrawal the failure to come to some agreement to leave.
Reasonable -- of troops there and dangers.
Success in Iraq and it died so I I'm happy to see the kids coming home obviously and and -- that no Americans now we have harm's way at least for -- -- in Iraq but I'm very worried about the future let me -- -- ask a question if -- kept.
And there'd been talk about somewhere between fifteen and 25000 troops there.
What -- and Minnesota South Korea situation -- Germany's situation they stay there forever because at some point.
Given the dynamics Iran is gonna make -- -- in Iraq.
Well I think it would be it would deter Iran from making that play it would change the whole balance I think consensus among Iraqi political leaders are these people I respect from the generals on the ground to people like ambassador Crocker who was there and is now in Afghanistan.
Certainly felt that it could really change things to show our commitment there and -- conversely this.
That the zeal to get out signals.
In Iraq itself and to Iran and in the region even.
There were more just and getting out -- and staying and trying to ensure gonna.
Senator by -- think that's fair.
I I do.
Chris I think.
The number one take away from the whole nine years in Iraq is the heroism of our troops they've just been phenomenal and he mission we've given them they've carried out they've been mistakes elsewhere but not on the part of the troops that's number one.
Number two ultimately we see some of this and Afghanistan it's ultimately up to them.
Our ongoing presence there and some.
You know reduce capacity clearly would have been in their best interest but internal Iraqi politics wouldn't allow -- -- -- the part of -- -- across our presence there.
Not only deterred Iran it reassures the Sunnis.
Now without that you see a much greater likelihood of sectarian violence breaking out and so.
But ultimately and all of these societies for their religious and ethnic differences.
We can only give them a chance it's up all ultimately up to them to overcome.
Were about to see whether they're up to that job.
At two serious challenges we have one as we have to Kara to from the -- there's tremendous.
Build up of injured wounded.
Soldiers need to be taken care that's gonna cost a lot of money as -- cutting back on the -- second -- to make -- -- get replaced into the workforce.
The third thing I think of the second thing that really worry about long term is when -- -- back.
This is it.
And no matter how much the Iranians get in there no matter what kind of chaos American troops and accidentally hit fifteen -- 20000 troops there.
You -- basically -- -- the make up where we can't do that today so if this flares up on the courses presidential campaigns will be tremendous liability as president.
Equally as important challenge to Republican -- to talk about what they would do it -- to.
Its interest -- because -- had that discussion with the senator I mean -- governor Romney and on the one hand.
Bashed Obama for getting out on the other hand -- civil would you send -- back and boy he sure wasn't gonna go down that.
Don't to glimpse into at least not the foreseeable future claims to want I was taken by the interview response which is that he wouldn't answer your question.
Then he said you know it's a high threshold.
To send troops and so on the one hand he wants the best the president and say oh gee it's might be problematic we don't know about the Iranian influence we don't know what's the -- terms of sectarian violence.
But then he says but he's not clears the -- he was -- and why is that Chris.
Because in political terms it's not marketable you cannot say the American people we're sending the troops back the American people one of those troops out.
They've been there too long we paid a very high price and ultimately it comes down to we've given these folks a chance to have a stable government.
The -- developed democratic institutions but the United States should not be in the business of nation building is not my opinion that's clear in the polls there's just no question about it.
One comment about Iran -- keep -- on Iran over the next six to nine months it would not surprise me if there were not.
Some activity in the part of the Iran -- to try and provoke us they have increasing economic problems they have an election coming up but they're deeply divided with their own leadership over.
They're become -- program is going off along the Israelis have to think that they've got maybe six -- to your to do something about that if they want to.
It's not inconceivable that the Iranians for their own internal reasons might seek to -- provoke us to try and rally themselves national was strictly within Iran.
Which would then present the present -- United States with what do I do about this if there's been an attack on an embassy or something right in the middle of a presidential campaign.
There's any real wild card and and what about the argument you know and that kind of a crisis the country -- from the president.
Probably want and this press one of the president's strong suits even governor Romney said so in.
The course of your interview was handling Osama handling some of the national security things a little bit better.
All right we're gonna have to leave it there thank you all panel.
Please let us know what you think about the situation.
In Iraq and what the president did that and what we're gonna have to do going forward check in with us throughout the -- look for my Monday edition of Wallace -- -- -- you can -- right here at fox is under dot com.
And we'll see Iraq back here next Sunday and Merry Christmas.