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A battle against the militants in Yemen new reports the White House is easing limits on drone strikes.
Is that a suggestion that al-Qaeda is gaining destroying -- what does this mean.
A lieutenant general tells -- it's a former US air force assistant vice chief general good morning to you.
Good morning bill what's change on the new rules what are there.
Well let me say this I applaud what the administration is doing in relaxing the rules of engagement as we call it.
That are in my opinion far too restrictive.
Where we know where terrorists are and because we've got so many lawyers and restrictions on them we can't destroy them and kill them.
And so what the administration news is really admitting is it.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula a QAP.
Is getting much stronger is becoming a greater threat so we have to be more aggressive.
And by responding to the CIA.
And the joint special operations command.
Excellent article in the Wall Street Journal was talking about this and the fact is is they've now decided that they've got to up the -- And without putting more boots on the ground.
But using more of our knowledge with our intelligence surveillance reconnaissance assets we can strike in kill -- High value targets -- BTs as we call.
And so what they have done is taken the handcuffs off.
In the vernacular.
And let our troops go after him -- -- -- you can go after them without knowing names I guess in the past the policy was you -- to have a name of the terrorist now that's not the case.
Yeah had to have his middle initial whose mommy and daddy was who was kinda ridiculous bill.
And now we know they're terrorists and so we're going after them without knowing their full names are you support this shift.
Too caught as in the past general.
Get too cautious and frankly it's still too cautious bill I -- I would see him up the any more and be more aggressive we've got to do the same thing up in Pakistan.
With the campaign were waking up there those handcuffs are not quite as restrictive.
But we've got to change our strategy but I mean we -- that you would think were taken out the leadership all the time.
Sometime we hardly bases.
Yes that's correct but we've got to do more.
Because as we remove boots on the ground in Afghanistan particularly.
We're going to have to be more aggressive up they are so I'm saying.
Not only in -- -- But in Pakistan and Afghanistan we've got to be more aggressive general thank you let's hope we can be successful again thank you sir thanks bill all right.
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