US, Afghanistan reach deal on strategic partnership
Major development in the war in Afghanistan
- Duration 4:39
- Date Apr 23, 2012
Major development in the war in Afghanistan
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-- KT McFarland -- national security analysts KT nice to have you.
With us today I dominate put it this way light and he tells high and symbolism what do you think about this apparent deal.
-- well it's it's symbolic and that the fact of the matter is it's all of our resources how much money are we gonna get Afghanistan.
In military and economic assistance and for how long.
The president doesn't get to decide that.
The -- when I was in Afghanistan at the beginning of these negotiations I was told by -- Karzai's -- well they were thinking about ten billion dollars for another ten or so years.
I think that's pretty unrealistic this is an age of austerity.
This is an age where we are looking at the corruption incompetence of the Karzai government.
And how willing will we be to turn that kind of money over to Afghanistan for another decade.
I talk to one former diplomat in the area and he said the money goes out of Afghanistan and a Swiss bank accounts as fast as -- -- And all I can do is I'm a Vietnam era person and this is the same debate we had at the end of the Vietnam War was an unpopular war.
We look like we're winning it on the ground but at the end of the day we didn't support.
The south Vietnamese government because it was corrupt it was incompetent and we're in an age of austerity -- so I ever wrote question that's a much about the Afghans interest in getting her Manny but.
Our willingness and commitment to give those kinds of -- dollar amounts.
-- a long period of time some -- questions raised and and more.
As we see how this develops over the next several weeks and months KT -- want to ask you about this this new report that really grabbed our attention from the Associated Press that details on.
With our missile defense program this missile shield that we that we think is out there now that can protect says from an incoming missile -- this report cites things like.
Production glitches radar failure and also the inability -- -- -- -- to distinguish between.
A warhead and other projects other objects like balloons -- Are -- safe.
Now and the missile defense program is a mess and it's a mess for a couple of reasons one President Obama.
-- -- land based missile defense program and in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Two years ago and so we're gonna put -- -- on ships and that's how we're gonna defend ourselves and it's gonna be a goodwill gesture to the Russians have -- -- Russians are gonna help us stop around.
Well Russians didn't give us any help put on Iran affect just the opposite now we find that the Obama missile defense system has a lot of problems operationally.
And at the same time.
We see a growing nuclear threat North Korea -- Ron.
Pakistan these are countries all which either have or getting nuclear weapons many -- -- -- having it will have long range missiles capable of originality if you.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's effective against nuclear what.
I think a lot of us think that something's out there that something will protect us and that's why this report and again it was just so shocking to -- -- get an -- and I should mention that the White House is coming back insane that the president.
It does have.
And his attention on this and that that essentially we are safe but -- -- things that you mentioned though.
You mention austerity when we talked about Afghanistan.
And you not to mention a buildup of nuclear weapons abroad.
At the same time you know that we're drawing down -- nuclear weapons or nuclear.
Arsenal so so how did those things come together when it's time of austerity when he more investment for a missile shield.
How to how do we do that.
What we're not gonna first love it cut back on -- missile -- funding from the last several years secondly as you point out there's a growing nuclear threat.
You know what I drafted president Reagan's Star Wars speech I wrote the part nobody remembers Reagan wrote the part everybody remembers.
He said America should have a missile shield -- thereby render nuclear weapons obsolete.
He was talking about nuclear weapons threats from China.
And the -- Soviet Union.
Work -- talking about potential nuclear threats.
From a whole host of countries and if Iran gets nuclear weapons say within the next -- too we worry CNET other countries in the Middle Eastern want nuclear weapons and Iran we're about to enter an era.
Where we have a number of countries.
Countries that don't like us that are going to have nuclear weapons and we don't have an adequate defense against that.
And at the same time the president -- talking about a world that's not gonna have nuclear -- -- and the United States is going to start disarming and and drawing down its nuclear weapons program but at the same time getting no.
-- reciprocal deal with any of the other countries getting nuclear weapons are going in the other direction and at the same time.
But he's not adequately defending us with a missile shield I think it's really the height of irresponsibility is -- a big story we're gonna have to look more into it KT thank you very my agent was nice to see.