Obama 'micromanaging' on foreign policy?
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 6:39
- Date Jan 24, 2013
All-Star panel weighs in
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You would agree with me that every day that goes by in Syria it it gets worse.
Every day that goes by if it gets worse so there is a it seems to me a very strong impetus that weeks.
We realize that the present policy is not succeeding.
And to look at other options to prevent what is going on for now 22 months and 60000 dead at.
I think it's -- weird -- -- treatment chairman but I think you would agree with me.
That whatever judgments you make they have to pass to test of whether or not if you do them they're actually gonna make things better.
Senator John Kerry and friendly territory today likely to be secretary Kerry.
Because he's expected to have all the votes needed for confirmation but if he gets confirmed as expected he's going to face.
The dangerous territory across the world -- back of the panel judge you look across the world and the hot spots.
They're only getting hotter Syria just talked about Iran getting closer to a nuclear -- North Korea Saber rattling with.
Another nuclear test and threatening them a missile that can reach the US.
Really throughout the Middle East with Egypt a question mark.
You have North Africa that is blowing up with al-Qaeda question marks about Afghanistan.
Pakistan increasing its nuclear capability.
It's -- much it seems more dangerous world than when Secretary Clinton took off.
-- and if you John Kerry were hearing and heard your summary might have second thoughts about taking the job I mean yes.
It's an endless stream of problems now I don't know these people personally but my understanding and the president is he's a micro manager he's not a -- here.
George Bush genuinely delegated to his secretary of state.
This president is a micro manager even with Hillary Clinton whatever John Kerry does or says it's going to be because that's what he knows where he believes Barack Obama wants.
He is the personification.
Of America minus the military force in other countries.
-- -- -- -- -- In some respects the insurgence or worse than -- side we know that from Egypt.
We know that from from Libya what can he do in Africa without the military to back come out.
To back him up there -- a limited ability that he can have for what he can do.
He basically has to extend the president's -- with diplomats.
It almost doesn't matter.
Who the secretary of state is because they're gonna say what Barack Obama wants -- to durst.
Point this White House has taken a lot of control of foreign policy into the White House.
So the question is how much.
Howard as secretary of state for that matter the secretary of defense really have in these very well very well I'm at a I had at this really inconsequential.
Who it is he I think I think he chose somebody who's going to be someone who executes his policy.
John Kerry is wanted to do this for a long time and now -- well and he will execute.
Whatever Barack Obama tells him to do -- I just don't think that there is anything -- at least bring anything new to the table about.
How to deal with Syria are how to deal -- -- Africa North Africa or any of these other issues.
-- -- there are some serious concerns about John Kerry.
Not fully understanding the nature of aside for example but I but I don't know that that's really going to change anything with with the administration's policy.
-- -- satellite from yesterday that we didn't focus on Hillary Clinton about weapons.
Pandora's box if you will of weapons coming out of these.
Countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Is the source of one of our biggest threats there's no doubt that the Algerian terrorists.
Have weapons from Libya.
There's no doubt that the finale and remnants of a Q I am have weapons from Libya.
That's the first time publicly before the secretary of state say that these weapons from Libya are in the hands of a Q I am which is al-Qaeda in the Islamic my -- In Algeria.
In Molly from Libya a lot of these weapons are from moss the US that we gave to Libya.
The question that senator Rand Paul asked was were we moving weapons to Syria.
Through Turkey and other places but this interstate was talking about Libya.
Weapons from Libya and now in the hands of al-Qaeda there I mean that's that's a huge deal the fact that al-Qaeda is exploding in that area jobs.
And the irony is that it isn't only the weapons that came out of Libya.
It's the fighters to lead element to lead the jihadist element in Mali.
The why that is most extreme you know the cutting off of hands.
Under the Sharia law that they've imposed in Mali.
Our -- a contingent of the foreigners that Qaddafi had hired.
To fight his wars and when Qaddafi went down they fled.
And they chose Mali is a place to go and obviously a good choice from -- perspective.
So it is going to weapons it's the fighters who now dispersed as he had a lot of mercenaries.
So that is -- -- unintended of course of the war in Libya.
But and I don't think that this administration.
Thought that this would happen but now that it has happened and not only has have let the French have actually stepped in.
To do something about it we are just standing back.
And clearly the administration had done that -- even have a policy does he -- know which way to go into a couple of weeks of the Ford agreed to simply put provide.
The logistics for the French like airlift which -- made me.
But it has no idea what to do it in in these places and the fact they did denied for so long to go back to the other part of the hearings.
If there was any terror in the involvement or a way to covered up and pretend it didn't happen in North Africa is an indication of how much -- they've had their head in the sand.
And how much they've lived off big dozens of them killing of bin Laden.
As a way to tell themselves that the war on terror was over.
Judge I remember Defense Secretary Rumsfeld saying in his confirmation hearing he didn't mention the word Afghanistan.
-- -- left.
You know didn't come -- in great Secretary Clinton.
Molly didn't come up -- something tells me we could be deal with this -- a -- I think we could and and to follow up on on Charles what she said that clip you just ran.
Revealed gross failures on her part on the part of this administration to allow Libby a fall while those weapons were still there.