Looking ahead at foreign policy issues for president
What will Obama face in second term?
- Duration 5:31
- Date Nov 9, 2012
What will Obama face in second term?
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Right now Iran's firing on -- US drone an international airspace which we've been reporting it's just the latest international flash point on president Obama's plate.
As he heads into the second term.
The White House could also see an entire reshuffling of top posts on farm policy four star general Jack -- Retired former vice chief of staff of the army in a Fox News military analyst joins me now general great to see you thank you.
Good to see you Jim thank you in advance because I know your insight will make us understand this better.
First of all what do you make of the supposing firing on that drone.
Well it's just another example of a running -- one and use their influence in the region that they are clearly on the march.
They want to control that region and they wanna have nuclear weapons to guarantee that that level of control London and it's a major foreign policy issue for us.
Certainly the administration.
Has done some damage economically to to -- they've had some economic setback but they're far from economic collapse.
And if they wanna try negotiations.
And if you running -- -- make a deal it must.
Absolutely be verifiable and we've got to get rid of the highly enriched uranium but we've got a long way to go here.
The Israeli defense minister actually according to the Associated Press is reporting that uranium enrichment is actually down over the last eight months.
So maybe -- taking some comfort in nap but this isn't the first time that Iran has actually attempted or even had a look at our drones.
Are you concerned about any intelligence breakdowns or -- overriding.
Aim in going after these just because they say it was on their airspace.
The US insists it was international waters.
Well clearly aren't.
-- are clashing in the Middle East and straight -- moves to be sure.
A major oil navigation point.
And these things are gonna happen from from time to time but that the major issue.
Is -- New Orleans won control and domination of the region and number one stated objective to achieve that.
Is the pushed United States out of the region and we can never lose sight of what they're attempting to do.
And that's why I think we need a strong leadership role in the Middle East and quite frankly these last few years we've been -- -- and pulling back from that -- -- what about Syria what about Libya what else does the president have facing him now on his -- and who will be there.
Who do you want to see in the positions of secretary of state Department of Defense in the CIA.
Woman referenced that -- -- -- I mean it's tragic we've been handed a major defeat there.
A US diplomatic post -- to the ground and ambassador tragically killed with three others.
And -- US clandestine intelligence based forced to evacuate I don't know what the precedent for that as I don't have one myself.
And al-Qaeda certainly is benefiting from that as is a radical Islamic movement.
That's why you see al-Qaeda in Syria.
They're trying to influence that outcome particularly in a post a -- Ara.
So that they have some influence we have got to stay involved -- not talking about military involvement I'm talking about.
Diplomatic and -- I am talking about arming those.
Moderates who are fighting to -- -- -- -- in Syria I am talking about helping to train.
The Libyan security forces which we should have done over a year ago.
So that they can control their own destiny inside their country as opposed to these militia groups -- particularly al-Qaeda given rise with.
Denny just in general you have the Muslim Brotherhood which their growth may be seen in the near term in the Middle East.
And also there's some concern now that the rebels at least in Syria where I mean there's no denying there's a massacre going on of innocent people.
They win their arms that you're suggesting maybe we should really stop there's some concern that they -- at actually be -- but follow.
Well listen it subtly in Syria there's not a homogeneous group there there are different fractions like we had seen.
Also it in Libya this much I do know.
-- just makes common sense if you if you sit on the fence and choose to do nothing.
And look that seek its own level then clearly the -- the al-Qaeda and others will try to dominate that situation for their own objectives.
As you and -- you suggested the Muslim Brotherhood has as well.
-- my judgment is yes.
We may not be able determine the final outcome ourselves that would be too ambitious but I do think by helping the moderates there gain some influence.
We may have some say an influence in what comes in a post a -- Aaron if you sit on offense we guarantee we'll have nothing to do with the outcome.
And we're turning over the stage to radicals to have their influence quickly but.
Before we go.
His Secretary Clinton stay -- -- General Petraeus stay.
And what about.
At this the Department of Defense -- you see Leon Panetta's statement.
I mean do we needed change.
What do you think.
Well I -- I think that's -- a decent national security team and it has been and then I would love to see them stay but -- I think we all know that.
This -- -- not in the cards that secretary of state and secretary of defense at some point are gonna depart.
I certainly hope they they keep General Petraeus on board as a director.
I know you've worked closely with him and he's been at the shortest time so thank you so much general always good to see is it's pretty frightening stuff.
Good senior --