Romney slams Obama's Afghanistan strategy
Does the president need to be more engaged?
- Duration 4:44
- Date Mar 19, 2012
Does the president need to be more engaged?
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Q so Mitt Romney's slamming President Obama for.
His handling of the war in Afghanistan blaming the growing turmoil on what he calls the failure to focus on the military mission there -- Well first of all I would exercise leadership.
And and by that I mean I would I would work with the President Karzai would speak with President Karzai regularly day today what's happening right now is there's an example of failed leadership.
The president put out a specific timetable for withdrawal of our troops a timetable for the end of combat operations.
This is leading that mr.
Karzai to take action that's a self preservation of nature.
The president needs to be more engaged.
They retired four star general former vice chief of staff of the army and of the army Fox News military analysts as -- good to see general -- this morning.
Good morning until well let's start here does Romney have a point or is this case fact campaign -- quarterbacking.
A lot of.
Only get the Miller campaign but.
We -- -- had our challenges.
Right from the beginning -- McChrystal -- Petraeus.
When the president decided to go to counterinsurgency strategy had requested 40000 surge troops.
The president granted -- 30000.
That was -- 5% less that was needed that force us to do the campaign in two phases one in the south which is largely over.
And now the campaign in the east which we are just beginning that attracted -- war it evaporates political and moral will at home.
And it drives up the casualties so that clearly have been some challenges also.
One of the things that I think we would've expected the president to do is continue to educate the people about the war.
Why there are setbacks how you can overcome setbacks that there are part of war.
And what it takes to win.
What does this victory -- general fine day and I like it to your third point -- but that is the question popular asking they're saying no matter who's the president -- frankly is there case where you could actually win this war.
-- absolutely I mean.
These are human events solved by humans the fact -- -- matters most insurgencies which is.
The kind of war we're fighting here lose.
It's that the government that usually wins because it has more resources.
And the people get fed up with the war itself.
We are actually winning this war on the ground since the president made the decision to provide those resources the momentum.
Let's turn to our favor we're in the process of turning it over.
The Afghan security forces so they can continue to provide the security for their -- people without our assistance that's where we're heading towards and that is a good news story.
Despite the setbacks that we.
And in speaking of those setbacks you're talking about the unfortunate.
Did that add massacre it's just a horrible event that happened and the burning of the crop and of course.
You have now the relationship between the Obama administration and Karzai.
Even more tenuous till what how does the president moves forward -- -- listen to the American people -- now it's really expressing their voices saying listen.
We want our troops out there we want them out there now.
Or do you go as planned as -- president has said that listen we're going to stick to our plan which is to remove our troops come 2014.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- is fundamentally a test of wills.
And if you're gonna perceived that you're gonna win.
You've got to persevere.
Against these setbacks so it's about resolve in the leadership is at a premium and winning wars and that's where we are his leadership in the leadership of the generals on the ground.
Look at in most cases the reason why in this insurgency exists is because the government is -- And it doesn't provide that kind of effective resources to its people.
Karzai solely as an -- ball game.
He's fundamentally corrupt he he's weak and ineffective in terms of what is provided to his people there is an election common in point fourteen most people believe.
The Afghans are gonna get a better leader in about a government out of that and that's our judgment -- Well Tehran's -- -- -- but I do have one quick question here and you wanna get too political about this but I do -- it say that -- you mentioned that it's really important to have.
Proper information -- American people and make sure.
-- the president parts that he's getting information out there letting us know what's happening in Afghanistan and so does it serve anyone well for candidates who really don't have all the information at hand just sort of spew what they think should be done.
And they're not really involved there -- the leader.
Well I think -- And as important as a war where American casualties are at stake.
And we have a political campaign and the United States I do think it's appropriate for candidates to discuss that.
Given how how important that is to our own national security and what it means a lot people -- I think they have a right to express their views.
Conservative of that importance to the American people got to go and he said it very loud general Jack came thank you so much good to see this morning that.