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For -- bring with us secretary of state general -- -- I sense -- security advisor everything you know -- great -- have -- Al Arian and I take it see you leave little joke that it's got a government.
Yeah they had a government could be good for your help.
Don't kid a we're gonna talk a little bit about your book and and it's terrific in it in -- to reverse -- talk a little bit about some stuff in the news.
I want to play for you sound byte of the present United States talking about Afghanistan and in -- -- -- over there right okay here's a president with some of -- I don't think that there's ever going to be and an optimal point where we -- this is all done.
This is perfect this is just the way we wanted to and now we can.
Wrap up all our equipment and and go home so I think the good the timetable that we've established is a sound one.
It is -- responsible one.
Are the risks involved in it absolutely.
Can I anticipate that over the next.
Two years there are going to be.
Some bad moments.
Along with some good ones -- absolutely.
Absolutely so there is saying Americans can't wait for Afghanistan can be.
Perfect it's never going to be perfect I don't think it will be perfect and I think his statement was -- rather.
So over one and very factual in terms of the situation that -- -- and I think it's wise to say okay like the end of 2013.
We will finish -- active combat operations.
Continue to face down and remove ourselves by 2014.
Not entirely leave trainers behind will -- support people we have.
Sooner or later the Afghans have to take over responsibility for their own country and it is their country and they've been training hundreds of thousands of people would do itself.
How long I mean it's a very process of proposition.
Absolutely I just wondered.
David Sanger in his new book in the New York Times says the president made his decision before -- -- the -- could even come home from war and present his options.
And up into the last six weeks the secretary of defense Robert Gates as secretary of state Hillary Clinton or even consulted does that concern you.
I would conservative was true I don't know that is true I'm quite sure that David was consulted throughout the process it may not be that he was there every day.
But my recollection of that period and I was talking to people and met with the president during that period you're getting advice from lots of people.
-- -- steady meetings and I think he had a firm idea of what the military was recommending to him.
Whether they were home or not he knew what they were recommending to him.
He had some questions about what they were recommending but all I was taken into account before -- his decision.
Season think it's true but if it was truly would well in the troops what it's true the truth that he never consult with David Petraeus I don't think that's right.
The fact that he never consulted with Hillary or Bob -- I don't think that's right.
I think -- the word was into the final yet into the last six weeks.
They did we're not in the -- his decision to land that was an eighteen months a lot last six weeks is the appropriate time -- they consulted during the last six weeks.
I'm not quite sure of the exact point that David is making.
Let's go into the other part of -- potent political -- right now our situation scenario as it is for years ago you decided as a Republican to endorse President Obama.
And I know that you're not ready yet to say whether or not you're gonna do that -- you called him a transformational figure why wouldn't you be able to endorse him right now.
Again the odds for years later it's -- -- election period number of private citizen and I know I always take my time to examine all the options.
And I came out this week on television to them on a book tour not a promotional his.
This New York yes or you need gas at protest if you -- unanswered and I'm not rated very good -- -- and and four years ago you said you know we were and a whole economically and you said that that you felt that.
Barack Obama would be better economically lead the country out of the hole than John McCain.
There was no doubt in my mind at that time was pretty convincing.
The Senator Obama at that time -- surrounded himself with some rather Smart gifted people.
And when I looked at the McCain campaign and -- I'm an old friend of thirty years John McCain I heard about Joe The Plumber.
-- and they really was no plan to rescue and in fact in the subsequent years.
The financial system hasn't stabilized automobile industry has been -- the unemployment -- still too -- the economies and not moving as well situated so you still have challenges ahead.
It's a -- the guy to do it or is Mitt Romney a guy who's got experience run and a state run in the Olympics run a company.
That's the judgment the American people make and I'll have to make in due course I must say that.
-- the need for me to endorse anybody right now is really not there I'll take my time.
And when I feel appropriates it will eventually make an indoors -- may or may not that's the beauty of my situation.
Yeah I call and says it all the little wanna know I can -- -- vote.
I think the interesting thing is that the two parties -- sure to be so -- virgin right now especially when it comes to economic policies.
And how exactly to try and fix the economy so I think that's why people want to know what you'll do this time around because you thought the President Obama would do a good thing for the economy.
And now since both parties seem to be so polarized on how to attack -- That's what people want to know what you think.
I'm not happy with either party right now and their plans to attack it.
I wish they had adopted the plan that'd been put before them by Simpson -- Which I think both sides with pain.
For the rally around because required everybody -- -- and give and compromise and IDs and my step my standards we thought if I mean.
-- stands speech around the country is that if Arafat on his father's -- four -- could create.
This great nation and write a constitution.
By arguing with each other but compromising with -- each other if you don't compromise you can't get consensus and the country has nothing.
To you know rally behind.
And we still do what we seem to -- -- their ability to compromise and you know I think what you guys just knock off the hearings go have a couple of drinks.
Click back yet I still can't go to black -- thing right now that's at -- it -- I first came in the governor's senior level.
These guys didn't hate each other they went after each other all day long and went bashing each other -- able famously able Ronald Reagan and Tip -- you famously fight like cats and dogs during the day and it might have that's him that's how the country functions if you doubt without that the countries -- -- But you know leadership he wrote books about leadership his latest book is about leadership that.
But the present commission the bipartisan council which would have given him cover to say listen -- put Republicans on their two senator Simpson.
Is a Republican this is that recommendations.
I'm gonna go for it -- -- -- leadership to ignore.
He had his own reasons for it not using it I thought it was a good outcome.
And I know both these gentlemen and the people who want to remember he had to create that body because congress refused right to put together a body shouldn't have been what is congress doing business with congress.
And everything else that they remember senator journalists out there cut congressman chairman Ryan was on there so is that good leadership didn't ignore it I didn't I don't know under the Republicans and -- and say this is the greatest thing that -- like a great president.
But who passes laws who actually who actually drying up the bill.
Sure that the president of the congress passes the legislation in the appropriate to the point and what I got a question for you -- your ears burning.
In the last 2448 hours because Jay Carney was asked about your endorsement and here's what he said about why you should endorse the guy who currently as a jobs with.
In the national security.
Has I think particular resonance with general Powell the president's record has been.
Judge to be exemplary by outside.
Observers and commentators.
-- -- national security what -- but Jay Carney speaking for me now.
But -- the the in my life that I can speak for myself and I'm free to do that and I am.
Sometimes very supportive of -- person sometimes will be critical one criticism that.
-- -- so let's move on this next topic what do you think about this judicial watch is now coming out and saying.
The potentially President Obama gave the administration gave classified information about the Osama bin Laden raid.
To Hollywood movie maker.
And some of the interviews at the seals had given may have gone to this Hollywood filmmaker -- do you think about that.
Well I don't know I don't what I don't know anything about this story it it just breaking this morning investment knowledge and so I don't know what was given what was not given it's just judicial watch report.
But it is not that unusual after an action.
You start to provide.
Declassified and classified or if it's not sensitive anymore information to help people understand what happened.
I mean when I was with President Bush and Vice President Cheney use of problem about what it happened and Vice President Cheney took a classified document into the president and declassified on the spot and that gave it to the press.
And so without knowing the specific facts of the case I don't know who knows -- it concern you -- it was if they knew it was highly classified information that was still classified still being protected and in a classified matter.
Then that would give me some concern but I don't know the facts and Navy SEALs are all over the place these days reading writing books and -- -- and whatnot.
Lessons and they're great --
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