Fight against Islamist extremists in Mali
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 3:42
- Date Jan 15, 2013
All-Star panel weighs in
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Molly has been taken over the northern part of -- by al-Qaeda type individuals we want to make sure that we're seeing progress throughout the Middle East with Molly now.
Having north -- taken over by al-Qaeda.
Having -- -- continuing to -- and it killed -- murder his own people.
That this is a region and tumble.
Brunt of that Mitt -- of the debate mentioning -- there was actually some people made possible to imagine Molly.
Now the French are launching and operation to go after al-Qaeda in the African country North African country of Mali where al-Qaeda appears to have set up -- base.
The US is not sending troops and we're back with our panel.
Charles what about the French action.
But I think people do not realize -- degree -- -- the French.
Never really gave up their empire and Africa the British left the Portuguese left that -- left in the French ostensibly to grant -- independence in the sixties but.
These countries about a dozen of them.
I have French is the official language -- a lot of them have been garrisons.
Just did this week when the French attack they launch attacks against the Islamic rebels who -- About to march on the capitol.
They were able to have assets because -- which is it to the east had -- French aircraft and Senegal on the west again and ex French colony.
I had a garrison a French troops who went into into -- so the French look at this the way that -- we use a look at Latin America.
As a kind of -- Monroe doctrine they will not allow others particularly Islamist.
To take over its -- Europe it is a threat it's Afghanistan.
Without the mountains and that's why I think what's happening is as it should the French are taking the lead.
We were dabbling for weeks about organizing a full force of Africans.
Which would have Mattel had begun in the fall or this is happening rapidly build what we ought to do.
He's not sending the troops who would we should be giving as much the logistic support as we can is report in the times.
There we are thinking about the whether we should be give.
Capacity of the French airplanes.
To work re fuel.
I think it's a -- of course we can we should do that it's a country that commanders and we can't allow a new al-Qaeda country in the middle of Africa.
I couldn't agree more writers think that this is that the new -- that al-Qaeda we've had arguments on this panel.
About you know that the president's assertion that al-Qaeda has been decimated and the like and we've always come back to the idea that look we can argue about whether it's centralized al-Qaeda or these new -- -- as it stands right now is positioned to become a breeding ground for terrorism in this world.
And that's why you have President Obama on the phone with president -- -- of France offering support saying it's the right thing to do the question becomes how much we do and you hear from.
I secretary defense -- we are no intention of putting boots on the ground.
I think this highlights a flaw in -- basic US approach to al-Qaeda.
In the Obama administration we've taken a top down approach that focuses on al-Qaeda central which has been pretty effective.
Well we haven't done has paid enough attention to the growth of these affiliate.
So at the same time that we are focusing on the leadership and now in Afghanistan and Pakistan taking this top down approach.
From the bottom up and they are expanding they have armies they have equipment in Mali that that -- has migrated from Libya.
This is what happens I think when the United States doesn't take its involvement in these war seriously bigger -- or not the girl hero -- yes here.
But only logistical.