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Four Americans are dead after that attack in Libya and anti American protests continue to reach across the Middle East now here's the president's reaction to the years.
Brain and what happened in Libya and Egypt.
Haven't have to be able to participate.
If it in their own governance.
-- bar was pretty certain and continue to be -- pretty certain that they're going to be bumps in the road this I've executed on.
Well a former British prime minister Tony Blair joins us live.
Now good morning tea promoting our president has said those things and -- -- -- over there just bumps in the road they -- says.
We're talking about -- -- people behind here they're not -- -- Of its of its big setback.
And but on the other hand.
I do that's an example to emphasize there -- a lot of thousands of people came out on the streets and in Libya then to protest against the killing it in favor of actually in favor of America so you know I think all over the region what I see and I've just come back my.
-- visit since leaving office team to the Middle East.
All over the reaching the age of at least two forces struggling against each other one is one is basically people who Malden in their attitudes an open mind and -- an open society.
And the other based based themselves very much -- That -- view religion wanna take that societies back.
And there -- struggle all the time and you said that that other group tends to be -- as opposed to the people who are modernize sets this sad and frustrating part for us.
Yet -- that the real problem.
Is that you -- you've got kind of three elements jostling together in the Middle -- the moment you've got regimes that have been in -- a long time they provided a certain sort of stability except they don't anymore.
The second group up people who I would.
Cold you know you'll open minded.
-- -- Talk to people who believe in pluralistic and open societies.
They on -- -- badly organized and then you've got you'll radical islamists who are numerous and very well organized than.
Unfortunately that -- Comes through and and and takes -- it's -- Suggesting mr.
prime minister because if you look at the polls 34 weeks ago most Americans didn't care about foreign policy in this election cycle.
It's interesting how politics changes on time and mean and now you have this in in the forefront now we have the United Nations General Assembly happening and happening.
And the president societies not gonna have any meet face to face meetings with world leaders last year you had thirteen.
Is there -- different when you are leader of a country in a phone conversation -- in face to face meeting with another leader.
Yeah but I think do you need to -- Peggy -- and -- -- I mean.
I used to attend the UN week every he had pretty much -- it's -- festivities.
It's a necessary thing to get -- -- -- out and put this diplomatic up probably and putting it on diplomatically.
No I didn't think I think what what matters frankly he's.
Where America it is in the in the world today and -- you know.
I always say this to people preceded it in a very -- ECB -- is people burning the flag and -- on the street can -- you just got to understand that there is another side -- -- of that which is actually people who admire America respective things and needed to be strong -- and you know I was say to people in America that worries much about being -- just -- stroll -- -- and you always said that you written your book America's big weaknesses we want to be liked we will never be like -- world.
Like that unit will prefer to be like but then.
It's not the way it happens -- but just it just to follow up on a second we're watching that happen.
And -- wondering if for projecting as a country and you've been there so many times we projecting a vulnerability -- -- weakness today as opposed to in the recent past.
I don't believes that myself I mean I think most people understand America today think so no I don't think they they they do things but I think.
Where is -- before.
In a way they will kind of waiting for us to shake that societies.
In a sentence because of all these revolutions that are going on this terrible right across the region that have to shape their investment.
-- -- the United Nations General Assembly unless that's our leaders that they weren't just got a lot.
-- I -- I am glad I did I minister because the US taxpayers.
Support the UN more than any other country and millions and going to -- so what's the point of having that general assembly for two week.
I'm -- for leaders are gonna get together.
It's good for the whole -- it well hey it's it's also think it gives.
Frankly gives people an opportunity they'll come to various -- -- you've got to Clinton Global Initiative that takes place at around it you know what I even look at my own position what I'm doing here this week you know I'll be able to is deceased and people out -- -- -- And it's like Oscar -- -- and what I like it you okay to have -- one of the reasons we even talk about you know they're doing.
That are having phone consultations is because a couple of weeks ago apparently you know that a country of Israel's called our State Department said mr.
Netanyahu would like to get together with the president while in town and that meeting never happened apparently the White House declined even though mr.
Netanyahu and I'll reach anyplace.
And I'm not come until after yeah yeah -- data about you want to pick but it's very clear that the country of Israel just need the high sign from the United States okay what line -- Iran have to cross.
Before it's okay to take military action right and I think that -- that's.
America has taken which is to -- Iran with a nuclear weapon is not acceptable is correct and you've got to stick by that I mean I really is wrong.
Well the meter is running the meter is running.
And and it's and.
If you see from the speech that Ahmadinejad the president of -- made yesterday I mean they are not.
You know they have -- old at that position a number on Israel and I don't really think on nuclear weapons.
Acquisitions -- We've got to say it and mean it but I -- Do believe would mean sanctions are working would you -- sanctions.
Could work in the negotiations could work but they only work in seconds this -- -- you know so well.
The anywhere can circumstances where Iran knows that if if it's not possible.
To stop them through those means that all the options remain on the table and -- that that message is being given.
By -- president by a button.
My successors British prime minister and I believe people do need it by the way and I think the single biggest danger in fact is that the Iranians don't.
-- -- that we do -- it well they apparently are left and you're away from developing nuclear weapon do you believe that.
It's incredibly hard to judge but I think what is clear is that they moved towards.
This ambition all the time and so far they have not.
You know they're not -- away from it says so who and that that that -- -- simple to be -- -- why this is a problem it's problem.
Not just for Israel my views of problem for the the whole world because if you do get Iran with a nuclear device festival -- -- -- highly.
And -- -- points irrational regimes nuclear weapons.
But second you will spot golf a nuclear arms -- that absolutely we thank you very much mr.
prime minister -- -- to pick your brain today.
Tony -- -- it's there to have.
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