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It's a brand new angle on America's war on terror are as we remember this weekend all of the men and women who gave their lives keeping our country safe.
And police of course are still continuing to make arrests in London and investigators continue searching for clues in both the Boston and Ben -- attacks.
-- all of this is going on at the same time that one lawmaker thinks that the president's push to repeal the law that authorized the war on terror.
Is poorly timed at best.
We need resolve the most we're sounding retreat and we show this lack of resolve talking about the war being over what do you think the Iranians are thinking.
At the end of the day this is the most tone -- president I've never could imagine.
Lieutenant colonel Tony Shaffer is a senior fellow at the center for advanced defense studies and it's great to have you here I thank you for your service.
Thank you -- on the sir thank you.
And I know you feel that way how do you feel about the president has he sounded retreat.
It's all in the eye of the beholder and I think this is where we have to be very cautious that there's nothing wrong Jamie with the idea Reebok reviewing.
The authorize use military force because of people that was focused on the al-Qaeda folks conduct an analyst attacks are mostly -- 90% are gone.
We need to adapt the law and the regulations to today's warfare.
And the president for goodness sake actually acknowledged for the first time I think clearly that there is a terrorist threat but the same time he's saying it's diminished to pre 9/11 levels which is that -- judgment.
-- -- not worn out by the evidence and more importantly now we've got to look at how all -- is adapted.
They are not the same al-Qaeda in 2001 they've adapted greatly.
And frankly they are in everywhere were worried about right now in and Middle East and we've got to acknowledge that fact that.
And even beyond that -- -- so many splinter groups it's hard to keep track one of the things the president said.
And it seems like he's at least in agreement that the law needs to be revised up to today's.
War on terror may -- he's saying there's a war on terror -- I'm still not shore.
But what I am sure -- is that he wants to curtail the use of drones just years ago we didn't even admit we had a program.
And it has been effective are you concerned if we don't have those resource sentence.
I'm concerned by the fact it's become a crutch that the politicians rely upon for the appearance of progress -- me be very clear on this.
It -- the program he talks about essentially it's called -- kill capture program.
We've completely focused on the kill part -- taken the lead on that.
And it's not I think given us the results that are necessary for us to continue to prosecute what he said he wants to do.
Defeat the network Jamie.
To defeat the network you have to penetrate the network and get inside their thinking so that actually could roll it back little by little -- cancer to simply cutting off the cancerous growth every time.
In the form of assassinating a leadership does not actually.
Make that the cancer go under a mission that's what we want to seek to do here so it's good he's talking about transferring to the DOD did -- offense will give it much better oversight.
-- tends to think of things to secondary third or for order facts that's what we are trained.
So I think that'll be a better mix and match everything we're doing overall in a war against global terror.
With that said I think he's got to be clear on the fact that the war is not over.
And he may indeed be telegraphing to the enemies the perception -- treating that's the most dangerous thing we could do right now -- create a perception the might of our adversaries.
The somehow we're back -- off because they -- -- Call it a pet peeve.
Why would you make a speech an announcement saying that we're backing off on.
Anything and in fat try and save American troops lives because we can often take out the enemy by not sending in ground forces.
That that point is well taken and a nice bright -- kind of that -- splitting of -- here here we have to do.
If we go to -- people which we were doing when I was there operation darker my book we talk about doing this dark -- was to go into Pakistan to grab folks.
And bring him back to interrogate and again with the key is to a balanced approached -- use his words.
We've got to get a certain amount of information about who's in that network and you do that by capturing and interrogating we've only capture too high value targets over the past five years but not a good ratio.
Lets me get -- about that let's give credit to intelligence for continuing to work in line with our military let me also ask you about this -- of intelligence and interrogation the president has also just said again.
Closure of Guantanamo he's been on this off this back in -- fourth we seem closer to closure are where do you think those terror suspects should go.
We have to put him somewhere I think it's one of the reasons we were what we've not been capturing his many folks we shouldn't -- actually talked to secretary defense Rumsfeld -- the day about this.
-- agree with me we got to go back to capturing folks that gotta go somewhere Guantanamo is still going to be the place.
And Jamie get this.
When are we where that where should they go colonel there's a lot of.
History history you are a professional on this field of -- -- Where do you want them you want -- in your neighborhood.
I want them a place where we can actually do something to bring them to justice the same time interrogate them.
But -- is simply closing Guantanamo does not solve the other the larger issue previous corpus which is the issue of indefinite detention.
As -- is justice for those that you know to bring justice one -- -- to them.
We gotta do it somewhere Guantanamo is as good -- places any it's more about policy of moving forward and being persistent rather than where they go I don't think closing Guantanamo is gonna get if anything except.
If they basically allowing him to keep a promise -- he's made their during the first round of elections that that that does not -- and.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Thank you so much for your insight on this appreciated thank -- much.
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