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Have taken steps.
Necessary on our side to.
Protect ourselves with respect to in fact sleeping.
Defenses associated with those small bases in which we operate.
The posture of our forces.
To have someone always over watching our forces.
That was general John Allen in a Monday press conference at the Pentagon explaining how US troops will now have guardian angels.
In Afghanistan were posted to watch over them only -- to prevent our -- meant.
Rogue elements of our Afghan allies from killing them obviously in this is our life.
Welcome back and I cannot tell you Internet how happy I am to have to journalists who stuff I read every day.
Well I'm so happy to have here and we are bridging a gap because we have Bob Cusack he's managing editor of the hill and sure topless who you know well because you'd like her Internet -- she is with roll calls we've got the local people together.
Here on the Internet Internet bringing people together I'm very happy.
Congress could pass dad next year.
Next here that -- -- Baghdad -- let the December is going to be great Sandra will be great all around Australia.
Now we heard there from general Allen.
A snippet about.
Why the Afghan war -- so hugely unpopular in the United States right now it's everything seems to be going the wrong direction people are very unhappy about this.
And the president is sort of stuck right now is that he's in a position where.
Of the country wants out the beat the electorate wants out of Afghanistan but he knows if he leaves too fast.
That he ends up with the Saigon situation -- helicopter on the roof kind of situation so he's sort of stopped until the election and they're they're sort of staying the course Mitt Romney now says that he can steal a march on the president's foreign policy we read the Washington Post it.
And -- since confirmed that the Romney campaign is gonna try to make foreign policy front and center.
So we'll start with you share -- what.
Does big what does a guy who's the governor of Massachusetts who used to call out the National Guard on floods going to say to the guy.
Who will -- Osama bin Laden's bloody tunic.
The whole time what how how does Romney try to get that -- Well we'll see how effective he is that this could mean things about Romney's candidacy that I find fascinating is we've watched him basically run in the Republican primary for eight years now okay.
They -- that's kind of disheartening isn't it well it's -- so what kind of general election candidate will Romney be not only include talking about things.
Like foreign policy I remember when he.
Was taking while he was still governor -- -- he would take trips towards the end of his term to Europe he would take into the parties to kind of be thought this foreign policy credentials.
But he hasn't really been doing any of that since he left.
Office says he's been whacking Rick Santorum over the head with a -- for a couple of months exactly so.
Even when you look at the Republican field and we can all -- on the -- he's going to be the nominee but he when you look at the Republican field.
And I think about the strongest foreign policy candidate could probably be Cambridge actually going up against Obama.
I think if you put the two of them in a foreign policy debate that's who would win by prosecutors.
I think he's this -- But Bobby -- maybe Obama will agree -- to have Rick Santorum debate him on social experience.
I've Romney debate among fiscal issues and Gingrich do.
Thank -- -- is a great candidate or not we know this by saying that out of -- three Romney is.
Probably the worst the.
He has that he has the thinnest resume on foreign policy say yes out of any of the remaining candidate sort of maybe aside from Ron Paul.
What's the what's.
Had a -- play this.
I think whatever Romney does he has to be clear on what's in the -- he plans to deal and Afghanistan Iraq etc.
President Obama a lot of people have criticized some of what the mission is I mean make people on the left including -- practice it.
-- -- -- -- -- Is it why we -- -- -- that but it's tough for Romney because he has people like John McCain lifted endorsed Romney.
Saying listen very critical of the president saying we're gonna get out by and 2014.
But -- you have a lot of people -- Tea Party who agree it's time to get that we're spending too much money there so I just think that he's got attacked the president for not.
-- -- be clear admission of what we're doing and what the goal is but what he does -- estimates that a very delicate for for a.
It's tough because and in this in this is the thing.
And Bob pointed out very very smartly.
Is that for Romney as much as there is an appetite -- among the Republican party for a vigorous foreign policy.
There is also broad based exhaustion with the war that's a decade old.
And you see you see a lot of frustration so how does one articulate and you know Democrats are licking their chops right now -- at the thought of getting to run against -- -- Romney they think that they're gonna be able to push him into a place where it's like this guy you may not like what Obama's doing with this guy wants to be have 200000 troops overseas this -- a -- so can they turn him into.
I think they'll try it I think it's Smart Smart strategy that you tried to do that.
But -- has even talked about foreign policy that much at all we don't that we don't even have that much from him relative to other candidates on the record talking about foreign policy.
So maybe to become a greater issue in the next couple weeks.
I think a lot so much -- taken a backseat of the economy in the last three years maybe maybe we'll finally get this is an issue in the campaign that.
This -- is just a little to work insert.
-- Bob we know that when ever candidates or presidents for that matter decide that they're gonna talk about an issue now we're gonna have a discussion this almost never works because events dictate when we talk about stuff I'm sure the President Obama did not wanna spend the last six weeks.
Talking about the fact that it cost mr.
power play to fill up the power play mobile.
89 dollars and put my -- yeah.
That's like the bat mobile lot of jet fuel.
Got a big stove pipe in the back to it now of course I drive I drive an old SUVOK that's that's how does that he's got everything -- -- But I think that that's how much nineteen gallons of gas cost me today I'm -- the president bobbed and wanted to talk about this all the time is it -- even for candidates to try to force the -- for Romney to -- I'm going to go talk about this shouldn't he just wait -- events today.
I think he's done it because he is the idea somehow sees things for him on his best I think he's got -- -- on his record around.
11 better watch it was Ron Paul member Ron Paul and Romney had this alliance -- so.
And Ron -- gonna be asking for stuff and I think -- and she will endorse Ron remember you've never endorsed McCain -- doesn't.
He never did and and there's more room in Romney's foreign policy and what he's talked about for a smaller footprint and less.
What Ron Paul Indian adventurism overseas there is -- -- should a couple wins over time.
That he might be willing to have a not followed the full Bush Doctrine right -- Okay now sheriff for.
On the broader part of this topic.
Iran is sort of the ticking time bomb in this election we do not know.
Where it's going to do we do not know this Tel Aviv is gonna launch an attack we do not know whether they're gonna try to blockaded the straits of format.
-- -- now is the total unknown unknown.
If you are President Obama what's your hope.
As it relates to Iraq status quo or do you want do you want things to start moving so that you can be a bullet for a.
The world stage I think he wants nothing happened is that basically what he said in a -- on the -- I did.
Like today it is -- -- -- -- I think he wants absolutely nothing happened until.
And other world stage yes absolutely does -- to remember it's not a strong point for the president either he didn't come to the senate with a great foreign policy background.
I did I do it this year that that he wants nothing happened but you -- and then at predicting just recently that there is going to be some.
-- strike on a -- and energy experts have told us.
-- that -- six dollars oh -- gasoline if not higher self.
This is a major major and I think the White House asked to be thinking just like John Kerry -- 2004 what if George Bush gets the month.
I think they have to be thinking OK what if this does happen and I'm sure they have a game -- right now and you have people on the hill including armed services committee chairman but we can't.
Who is putting in language in their defense authorization bill preparing for some type of strike and assistance for Israel on -- you know.
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