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Welcome back to Hannity the crisis in the mideast fueled by Iran's nuclear ambitions continues to escalate tonight.
But despite this unacceptable behavior from the regime in Tehran the Obama administration continues to tiptoe around the issue.
Earlier this week the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff general Martin Dempsey said that it's much too soon to be discussing military action listen to this.
Do you think that is still unclear of the -- then moving on on a path further.
Nuclear technology but whether or not they choose to make a nuclear weapon is unclear -- this type I believe it is unclear and and and on that basis.
-- I think it would be premature to.
Decide that that the time for a military option.
-- -- -- -- We are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor.
And this for that reason I think that we think the current -- -- -- is the most prudent path at this point.
Joining me now is reaction is retired four star general -- Fox News contributor general Jack Keane Jack thank you very much for being with us this evening.
It's great to see Elizabeth -- -- -- -- questions well thank you I appreciate that go easy on me okay.
It's just in response to a we just -- general Dempsey say -- do you think there's really any question at all but that Iran is actually pursuing a nuclear weapon.
No I don't think there's much doubt about of the -- an incredible occurrence of spectrum place were having a public debate.
With our closest allies.
Over the timeline surrounding.
The Iranians have a nuclear weapons so what is really happening here is.
Our Intel analysts and Israeli NTELOS look at the same data.
And the estimate has somewhere around one to two years or thereabouts.
In terms weapon -- -- -- of nuclear capability.
Our policy makers US policy makers have a tendency to be on the outside of that policy therefore we have more time for sanctions and diplomacy.
The Israeli policy makers looking at the same data have a tendency to be on the inside.
Of that information and say we're running out of time -- You can understand Israeli skepticism for two reasons one.
When we invaded Iraq in 2003.
You're running and stop their nuclear weapons program as they were were afraid there what next but it took us three years to understand that they have done that.
They re started and it took us to use to understand that they in fact.
-- started the program secondly.
We had negotiated.
With the north Koreans to stop.
Their development of a nuclear weapon it was US policy was unacceptable and we negotiated ourselves into north Koreans have and that weapons so.
The Israelis look at all of that put that together and there -- erring on the side of time has -- -- -- and we may have to do so but they don't wanna do sultan but they may have to.
And given that that's a situation that doesn't make much more sense the United States to be conveying the message to the world that we will stand with Israel that we will prevent Iran from obtaining -- nuclear weapon.
To be doing whatever we have to do to convince the Ronnie -- that in fact military action is in their future if they don't comply.
Yes absolutely and -- we've we've.
Made a public policy statement.
That -- a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.
And not the military option is on the table we should certainly follow that up -- very strong.
Diplomatic messages not public messages in terms of what that truly means that Iran -- If they consider it continue to consider the pursuit of this and Israelis also know.
That there is still some time and they want the United States to be much tougher in terms of economic sanctions not not to slow incremental.
Total call we're executing now but something it's much more determined more simultaneous.
And considerably more aggressive.
To convince the Iran it was that they should voluntarily give up the program and also I'm assuming would conducting.
Some simultaneous -- -- with the Israelis.
Well and one of the arguments that you hear that pretty consistently is that any type of military strike.
-- would be so risky or our would only serve it best to delay the Ronnie and program it seems to me that that's not a bad outcome wouldn't -- say.
To say that -- military operation would not be successful because of that could not that we're not destroy the capacity and definitely.
I think that's misguided -- -- to conduct a military operations of the delay it as you suggest is an acceptable.
Outcome there is risk with the operation because of the nature of the operation that this has sort of target multiple targets -- -- -- of the target itself.
And is solely rest of the Israelis in terms and you're running -- retaliation capacities but when you look got to from the Israeli perspective they look at that.
And they say well that's unacceptable risk.
Given the fact Iran -- -- have a nuclear weapons and they have public brought Eritrea saying it they would use that weapon to destroy Israel.
You know we've seen that across the region.
A lot of developments of concern Jack and I want to ask -- -- particular about Afghanistan I know you've just come back.
Could you give us a sense of what you heard from the people on the ground about what they think the US posture is in the regions.
Well I've done for assessments in Afghanistan since the president made decision.
To go to counterinsurgency strategy it put the surge forces.
And let me just say at the outset do we have a great leadership team there and Ryan Crocker who's our ambassador -- -- the best in the business and general John Allen who took over from Dave Petraeus superb general all of -- And -- troops.
Possibly and servants and our contract is all put their shoulder into this mission.
The major takeaways -- made the first one is this a general sense.
That US policy makers -- will not see this mission through there's a lack of confidence and that and that is certainly the storm -- as it's driven by.
The fact to a -- of the surge forces out over the objection of General Petraeus.
And it's also driven by the fact that we didn't leave any forces in Iraq.
-- which were all over the objection.
General also not has not been lost on leaders.
In Afghanistan whether they be Afghan leaders or international community leaders or American leaders.
All that said we have made a major turnaround and security in Afghanistan.
Improvement has been dramatic in the south and we're beginning to do the same thing.
In the east.
Well I hope we will certainly give our commanders on the ground and our troops there the support they need so we can in fact continue to do that and the east and thank you again for your service to the country Jack and thank you for being with us tonight.
It's good sailors thank you coming up it's time to hole.
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