On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attack
Talking Points 9/11
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- Date Sep 11, 2012
Talking Points 9/11
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Hi I'm Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight on this eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attack and that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo.
According to the congressional research service the war on terror has cost America one point four trillion dollars that includes the wars Iraq and Afghanistan and money.
For veterans also a bunch of other military expenditures it does not include does not include security within the US set.
Under President Obama the war on terror has cost about 569.
Approximately 10% of the debt the president has run up -- -- three and a half years on the job so when people like Alan Holmes -- join us in a moment.
Say that America's debt is largely war driven the stats do not back that up.
Obama has added about five point four trillion dollars to the debt during his time in office and again the war on terror expenditures comprise about 10% of that.
But the important question is has the war on -- been worth the price in blood and treasure so let's run it down.
In a combined wars in Iraq and Afghanistan nearly 6600.
Americans have been killed almost 50000 wounded.
While all life is sacred those casualty figures are nothing like the Vietnam War.
However I believe most historians look back on the Iraq War as being a mistake.
We could have brought Saddam to his knees by block -- is country we didn't have to invade.
One hobby at the weapons of mass destruction deal through all calibration is out but in hindsight we did not need Iraq in order to win the war on terror.
Afghanistan is another matter we had to remove the Taliban and we did.
The problem is that Afghan society is largely corrupt in the USA -- not been able to effectively neutralize that corruption.
So we're caught in -- country that simply will not cooperate in helping itself become free state.
Money and tribal conflicts rule in Afghanistan.
That has heard American -- but again we had to fight the war.
-- Obama is that a good job neutralizing al-Qaeda his killer drone strategy is decimated at homicidal group.
President Bush did a good job and hammering al-Qaeda right after the 9/11 attack -- strong policy of isolating.
And interrogating captured terrorists gave the US a vital information in the country needed in order to protect itself.
Ironically the Obama administration recently dropped all abuse cases against the CIA.
And its interrogation program believe me when I tell you attorney general Eric Holder did not want to do that.
But the evidence shows that while America did use harsh interrogation it did not abuse prisoners on the scale far left the lips.
The summing up the war on terror had to be fought we made a mistake in Iraq but overall we have walked.
The fight against terrorists however the conflict goes on -- you know all those savages.
Want to -- this again.
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