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The author of the -- nation this year he -- valley Nasser.
And valley had no he wrote this book use an advisor Richard Holbrooke over the Pakistan Afghanistan area ritual Brooke losses -- passed away.
He passed away a short time ago but what is really prompted him to write this book is what he saw.
A trend in America and he believes are going to be paying the price for our hands off approach.
Valley Nasr welcome -- inference thank you very much first off how would you characterize the Obama administration's policies that you saw.
As -- -- to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
I thought it was very much dominated by domestic political consideration.
As the decision whether or not to send more troops -- -- harnessed on and then to withdraw it was paying much decided by.
-- -- is logical domestic politics pre election.
And therefore we approach is very much with his sense of what how he would benefit the domestic scene.
Second -- that's that is a Serbia -- -- seeing in the region you wanna do what it takes.
And the administration's doing which which works politically.
Exactly and I think many of the people who who had their hands in the policymaking came out of the campaigned -- mental attitude was generally not long run in terms of US foreign policy interest.
But -- -- very focused on headline to headline as how to manage public opinion and respond to Republican opinion America.
People sat staying in the region we're looking at this scene and coming to the conclusion that would really don't have a game plan.
Our game plan is make sense in terms of American domestic politics but not in terms of reality enough -- so we surged one year.
We put a lot more troops and and then it and then we put a deadline that was gonna take out those treat troops by next -- Which you know basically cutting the -- -- on and on the other -- -- allies and enemies and competitors.
That this strategy is only good for one year whether it succeeds or not and then the next and we said you know we're declaring success and would leading by 2014.
That we haven't defeated -- We don't have a peace deal we just think this is -- harness on he's good enough for us to leave.
And and this basically made it impacts greatly.
Trust in America and the ability to formulate a strategy and implement the strategy so when countries from North Korea.
-- a -- -- Iran to Iran.
Two bit the Assad regime look at this sort of -- picture.
They -- United States that's not ready to engage wants to leave the region is risk averse.
And he's declaring to the world that it really doesn't want conflict.
-- I -- the ramifications of that I thought people were mad at us for being too aggressive in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And the and they want to be left alone.
Chide us for our mistakes and this is a mistake as well and we can go heart and and -- We -- to say that we're all land.
And then -- fallout.
So we should either should have never been on and which is an argument made another we were -- and we can't just say.
You're gonna go from.
Being completely dominant in this war deciding the fate of Afghanistan and Iraq to saying that you know we're completely gone and -- and leave a vacuum already.
But we didn't Iraq no doubt about it and -- was as Condoleezza Rice -- -- very -- And other opposite parties which he is gone with -- Obama of quite a few issues I'm not too -- she -- from the first time over John McCain.
But she said the status of forces agreement was meant to be renegotiated until the last minute the president was totally disengaged for that.
He didn't pick of the phone the first Tommy picked up the phone reportedly you might know better about an answer.
Is -- say we're going to be pull it out according to the status of forces agreement Joseph Biden was supposed to be on it he cold once in the year.
Is that -- you do and -- are so right.
We we win we were not engage them who are actually very happy for the Iraq exit -- it and the way it unfolded.
He's that but the Iraqis said you should at least leave 25000.
Troops here we said now.
You -- anything less than that.
Is really Force Protection meaning meaning it's only going to be protecting itself when you below a number you have guards protecting soldiers.
And you're going to be politically consequential.
So why should I spend political capital and in my parliament defending his status of forces.
Law when you're not willing to put skin in the game.
And I think the very first trip that Iraq's defense minister had to Washington soon after the Obama administration came man.
He was told in no uncertain terms that we're going to be gone.
And then Karzai is looking at that picture.
And he's doesn't trust when we say -- we're going to be there and support -- so he begins to bet.
Against us he begins to hedge beyond those pakistanis look at that picture and say.
These guys aren't going to -- in.
-- look at this picture and say don't worry about these guys don't like about these guys and I'm sure that's what north Koreans are doing a must that's what the Chinese are doing we all all often forget.
The people in the -- release read -- About Asia and people in Asia and read.
An -- -- -- at least I know -- statesman in Asia have told me that doesn't matter what the United States has about -- interest in Asia.
What date what they care about is how the United States handling paralyzing the already -- Not -- allies that its want to.
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