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I'm KT McFarland said your questions or comments to my Twitter handle K -- -- proud.
Or live chat right alone that would got a really exciting -- -- battlegrounds everything from Syria.
To Washington DC for starters we want to go.
To Washington to Katherine -- -- Catherine got a new report on fighting in theory what's the latest.
Well thank you KTV emergence of foreign fighters is seen as another marker that the Syrian conflict.
Is spreading with ramifications beyond the Middle East and North Africa.
A new reported -- -- by Fox News concludes that at least 280 foreign fighters.
Have been killed in the last year with the majority fighting on behalf of a terrorist group the functions as a front for al-Qaeda in Iraq.
In April an American citizen -- Korea and a former army private was in Virginia federal court facing charges of fighting alongside al-Qaeda in Syria.
-- case according to the new report by flash point global partners a leading counterterrorism firm is part of -- worrying trend.
The civil war is now -- to Heidi fighters not only from the US.
But also from Chechnya Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia.
Egypt Gaza Jordan Tunisia Libya and Saudi Arabia.
This is seen as more evidence that al-Qaeda is Islamist message is gaining traction in Syria.
The report reads in part quote.
The lion's share of foreign fighters who are dying in Syria.
Are fighting with the most hard -- organization involved in the uprising to -- on -- struck its leader has recently publicly sworn allegiance.
To al-Qaeda leader doctor Ayman Al zawahiri.
The Middle East Media Research Institute or memory has recently obtained this footage.
Were -- -- al-Qaeda claims to be holding training camps for teenagers inside that country.
-- the claims can't be independently verified this is also seen as evidence that al-Qaeda wants to leverage deteriorating security conditions.
This week the State Department called on all foreign fighters to lead the country.
Well it let me let me just reiterate why we made the strong call we did we want to send a message that.
This is of great concern.
The edition and the growth of foreign fighters including of course has the was the most prominent example.
The new report it draws a lot of information from social media.
Because these groups in Syria especially the al-Qaeda linked group.
Use a social media.
To glorify these individuals -- turned into martyrs after their deaths and then use that information KT as a recruitment tool for more -- And -- one question where are all of the rebel fighters that were supposed to be pro western secular wanted to establish a democracy they seem to be.
Not really planes can happen.
Well a debate take away from this report is number one when you start to see people coming from other countries to a region it means this this narrative.
About establishing an Islamic state I'm fighting on behalf of other Muslims.
Is is gaining traction so we've seen people in Syria and -- from the United States.
But also from Eastern Europe the former Soviet Union so this is not just the Middle Eastern.
Phenomenon and then secondly.
What you see is that the most aggressive fighters and those who are dying in the highest number are fighting on behalf of the script it's really -- front.
For al-Qaeda and -- so this.
This is really the leading edge of what's going on Syria OK well thank you very much -- aspect of operation goes from bad to much worse thank you.
We want to now go to Jennifer Griffin who is that the Pentagon and it's state -- I'll ever dads and -- Golf.
I went I -- I it does feel like 2009 KT I must say he.
-- about it.
Well first of all the battle lines.
Have been drawn now between Republicans and Democrats the reason we're talking about it today is that the house armed services committee.
Is marking up its annual appropriations bill for the Defense Department and there are amendments being attached and the issue of Guantanamo Bay came up because the president of course mentioned closing in again in his speech at the National Defense University on May 23.
So you have Republicans and Democrats staking out their positions.
In this fight over defense funding.
And so what if I can outlined what -- saying Republicans want to prohibit.
Transferring detainees to the US or its territories or to other countries like Yemen remember the president said.
That he was going to lift the ban on returning some of the 166.
Detainees -- are still act gitmo to Yemen and now Republicans are coming out saying they want to.
Put something in the defense authorization bill thing he can't do that.
You also have a situation where they want to that Republicans want to prohibit funding to modify any of the facilities at.
Guantanamo -- And also to.
Limit any any funds that would be used to modify any US prisons to receive those detainees congressman Adam Smith is the top Democrat on the house armed services committee.
He wants to strike the current prohibition on transferring the gitmo detainees to US prison facilities.
The hope you don't continued presence of Guantanamo Bay prison I think is a stain.
Upon this country it's becoming unsustainable.
It was built as a temporary facility ten years ago.
There is 250.
Million dollars in military construction requests.
Just to keep it temporary.
The battle lines will be drawn as you can see over money and whether the US can afford to keep pumping more than 200 million dollars a year into one -- Monday.
The fact the president himself KT.
Said that it costs Americans one million dollars a year for each prisoner at Guantanamo Bay the White House has requested money to pay for military construction of new barracks.
That are said to be needed to house guards at Guantanamo Bay.
But Democrats in the president's own party say they want to close -- and so they will seek to block that funding -- -- -- very complicated you can imagine.
One of the other reasons that we're talking about this right now is that there's been a hunger strike going on for weeks at Guantanamo Bay they're a 166.
Almost a hundred of them are on hunger strike which according to the Defense Department means they've missed nine consecutive.
Meals in a row 32 of them as of two weeks ago were being force fed with tubes down and nose and throat it's a very pleasant situation.
Down there and back -- the president's attention and that's why he laid down the gauntlet against thing we need to close this facility.
Okay what Jennifer as far as I've got you on the air in the hot seat I want to ask you and about an hour's time the president's gonna walk into -- walk into the Rose Garden.
And announce his new appointment for national security -- it.
That national security advisor runs -- -- the State Department the Defense Department the military what are you hearing from the Pentagon is this going to be a widely.
You know -- cherished choice on the part of the president.
Well first of all remember this is a controversial choice it's not a surprise that the president is doing it.
We have heard for months that he was going to win Susan Rice as a result of the -- -- controversy and that that controversy she faced.
From Republicans on the hill and it looked like there is going to be a tough.
Confirmation battle the president wanted to appoint her secretary of state he did not that this is a consolation prize but at the very powerful consolation prize.
It's not a surprise that she is taking -- dot Allen's place.
What is also interesting is that Samantha Power is being nominated to be the UN ambassador she.
Was controversial at the beginning of the Obama administration remember she went head to head with.
Secretary with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in the president had to put her into a back.
-- As a result of controversial remarks she made about Hillary at the -- of the election.
Now -- he's he's very loyal these two women have been very loyal to him.
And he's putting them into two very powerful national security positions the Republicans on the hill are very upset about the Susan Rice.
Appointment because again they feel that she was very misleading at -- in terms of the Sunday talk shows.
Just days after -- -- Ghazi attacks suggesting that it was a protest video and not.
Unknown terrorist attack just days after.
That they got the attack on -- from the others okay well thank you Jennifer Griffin and I wanna get my take on that got a foxnews.com.
I've got a piece on opinion piece on the real reason president's appointing.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Anyway thanks Jennifer we're gonna take a break and then come back and talk about the want.
Part of the world that we never seem to think about that -- probably matters more than anything which is Mexico.
I welcome back to -- country -- reading a lot of comments from viewers again but I think one of the great ones -- for Barrett.
Who says thank you Fox News finally the truth about the rebels in Syria.
They are a heavy percentage al-Qaeda.
That is a pretty significant thing where have those nice rebels and we were paid support and things.
Sure and we we want to turn all of us out of our own border right now out of Mexico I've got.
Related I've been trying to get on the show for a long time -- name is Shannon -- she's from the council on foreign relations she's -- -- leading experts on Mexico.
And she's written a great book called nations indivisible.
You know we never think it -- now they have the United States major foreign policy.
-- major trading partners one of our -- Security issues as well affect and a vicious guard -- will be about Mexico so tell me about -- -- -- -- in a nutshell what they elevated that.
We'll look at -- nutshell is this is that one Mexico has transformed the last thirty years so.
It's gone from a very closed economy to one of the most open in the world and -- United States -- -- -- a country known for one party rule to a democracy.
It's gone from a place that have and have -- a very rich and very port 21 with a thriving middle class.
But it's also one that's gone from somewhat safe place to a very dangerous place particularly in parts and so all of that is important to understand because also during this time.
Mexico is more closely linked United States than ever before.
OK now when you talk about Mexico's have made all these changes why do they have they've been having economic.
Advantage is that they've had obviously energy but what does that allowed them to do -- gone beyond being just for the petrol expert and something.
He was passing that Mexicans you've seen in the last two or three decades it's gone from a commodities and agricultural based economy so one really given -- oil.
21 that is now one of the most open in the world.
But dominated by manufactured goods over 75% of what -- exports are manufactured -- is no longer oil that dominates -- really transformed its economy.
And part of that is linking to the United States so.
Their manufacturing sector is very closely linked are manufactured that.
Everybody talks about Mexico talks about the border and talks about immigration they seem to -- And -- well and is there any good solution from a Mexican perspective of how we stop.
The border issues.
No we talk a lot about immigration because Mexicans our lives -- in group a third of all immigrants here from Mexico about eleven million people here.
I'm only think about how to improve border security.
In part it comes down to fixing our immigration laws because right now if -- Mexican -- -- close family here.
It will take you hear sometimes over a decade to be able to come in legally -- -- states you're thinking about breaking up families for almost a decade if you want them to come legally.
If you don't have close family members for many Mexicans there's no line to get into.
There's no way to come here legally though if you do come very likely can find a job here so if we can change and immigration laws.
And make it -- a lot of time for people to come -- give them a -- to join to come here legally and we'll also be helping border security without upping the manpower.
You know I was reading your -- I was struck right in the argument that Mexico is going to be an energy is -- is going to be even -- on energy superpower.
And the idea that the United States Canada Mexico present this block.
That really isn't nowhere else in the world event of a major energy nexus not only -- -- self sufficient energy but energy X.
-- -- -- -- We've seen big revolution here in the United States that shale gas and oil and all of that.
Mexico has a lot of this potential to you but the one -- can parents are Mexico's laws regarding whale.
All of it is controlled by state -- enterprise back Pemex which is a state known company.
And right now this government is working hard are going to propose a big reform energy.
But the big question when it can get through the congress this is one of their third rail of politics do you think about -- -- -- state energy from Mexico and opening up that sector.
Is one of their challenges.
But if they can they can allow foreign direct investment and if they can allow other expertise from around the world particularly for things like deep water drilling -- shale oil and gas.
He could see -- explosion of energy which should be good for Mexico but -- -- -- states and Canada.
Because as you say we have this North American platform that can be pretty self sufficient.
Politically Mexico just got a new president and the scale as you said he used to be one party rule.
And then for a period of about ten years it was -- second part of the -- announces got guys back again their position and so what it wherever they politically is that this stable country.
In the political -- -- we know that there's a lot of time have a sense that there.
No it is quite stable you look at Mexico and -- almost everyone agrees it's free and fair election the government able to.
No build roads and collect taxes and run schools and all sorts of things governments need to do.
The one big challenge they haven't particularly some areas of Mexico along the border and -- a few other states.
It really the problem of safety and security and that is that's been a big challenge for the previous government and his -- be fundamental challenge for this government.
And and that's why the -- The drug trade -- -- but it's really become more organized crime more broadly.
So it's not just the drugs coming north but it's things like extortion and kidnapping and car -- -- other types of -- all of this is happening.
And how does the government get home.
You know be -- while this is spreading in my view is that Mexico while it's had a competitive democracy.
It has yet to establish a real fundamental rule of law.
So elections and change the executive branch the presidency McCain's legislative branch of congress but they don't change the judicial branch they don't build up a court system that works -- law enforcement -- on them works.
And that is what Mexico needs to take on what this new president needs to take on is pushing forward some reforms have started in the last president.
But pushing forward to really establish a court system that works police forces network if they do.
They can take on drug traffickers they can take -- other criminals if they down then this will.
You bring down Mexico's democracy in its economy and the like.
Okay about Mexico in other -- as you did great options but really.
Is that I don't like everyday get your act together right into political -- -- together well thank you so much for coming to see -- San Antonio.
Two nations indivisible we're showing them that covered the book right now and everybody should run right out -- can -- -- at ever found because I got -- -- it's an easy read.
Thank you so much touted and much for coming think it.
We're gonna take a quick break and then come back and talk about are really inspiring story.
So fond of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and what one man -- -- a real difference.
Welcome back to death countries a lot of -- regular viewers now -- I'm really proud of my daughter who serves in the United States today I got tired just met a young man who I think it was just tagging your own Huntsman -- his name is lieutenant -- -- -- Former naval officer -- AB -- at a man who has.
In a battle on the front lines and is also now.
Decided to devote a lot of his time for the fondness.
And if -- -- New -- giving a speech tomorrow night -- -- Fallen heroes fund so -- so much thank you for your service and thanks for as plans are editors felt that I'm honored to be in your presence.
Let me ask you what if the intrepid fallen -- from.
Tripped and fallen heroes fund is nonprofit organization based off the USS intrepid here in New York City.
And they built they have in the past that build to order a two facilities one called the -- national Travis kind of excellence -- -- called the Center for the Intrepid.
And these the national service center of excellence is one I really like to focus on because it's it's its main focus is traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress.
And it was open into the idea came about 2007 from their first facility the Center for the Intrepid.
Which is focuses on.
Prosthetics and and orthopedic injuries from battle but mostly as a came through there have been hit by -- So they found out it was we -- and we we see a link here between posttraumatic stress traumatic brain injury.
Let's start a organization.
A facility that focuses on that and so they don't want to raise the money built and we really.
In the -- it something.
Percent returning warriors are suffering from some kind of post fanatics this.
Trauma or injury you know things for me.
I know that you've been in the field you've had issues for the yourself what what -- this story -- legend here.
Well you know it's kind of I use the analogy especially with with combat.
Being the way it has been the last few years him if you throw a frog in a boiling hot water and they jump right out.
But if you put the frog in cold water on the stove and and he got we'll sit there until it -- And a lot of our troops are going through that right now with back to back combat deployments and I was no different I was in and I graduated from annual academy in 2003 and I immediately.
Deployed to Iraq and back to back appointments for the next.
Seven years eight years.
Yet know when you save.
To back deployments in other words you're in you're in Afghanistan you -- in Iraq to come back.
And up back in the United States very year you turn right around going back and.
It depends it goes back and forth depends at the team -- rotation here on but.
Basically every eighteen to 24 months we were deployed between anywhere from two to eight months so it's kind of this it -- its training.
Pre deployment post -- cycle that your on.
And it just happened here that are in my deployments -- Iraq Afghanistan.
And after I guess we got married had three children had sixty one's movie times and it's it's stress on the family and at one point we just finally said.
Hey I started having some hugged I think they should recognize the start and you obviously are right high performance -- naval academy's -- doesn't get -- it.
Smarter happen that.
What did you certain -- and -- Why I was so straight.
It was I was sitting in the park and network and -- Sunday and while there and I had -- moment of clarity right so I think I'm I'm having some issues couldn't pay attention.
I can read through my emails -- And -- what was an exact active duty navy with him -- you're just you're you're on the bullet train in this and it's when you're on the bullet train to fight to stay on the bullet train because once you Gadhafi can't get back on.
And so a lot of guys especially in and special operations community you know and that's their life movements you know being out -- especially -- an officer -- and morning to.
Be around you know the people you're leading and you wanna you wanna take care of them.
Be that guy -- you don't want -- step off the line because they can either.
And so it's I just had a moment right I -- a -- Some issues my wife said you know you are having some issues and so we.
At that point they tripped -- fallen heroes -- -- -- than the night you know -- -- -- have a sense of excellence had just opened its stores.
And nobody really knew anything about it and so I researched it and I had I did a good friend who -- a seal.
Who had gone to it and he just said hey.
This is why yourself enacted it yes senator -- are going to the navy sailor -- at -- if I wanna -- -- -- You're going outside the military and what went to the navy has -- I'm having these issues like you know.
Candidates are -- and our and I doormat I'm having some issues it just forgetfulness it's like the world was spinning around 1000 mile an hour and I couldn't keep up anymore.
And it was my friend would come under the center and I'd I'd ask for help from the navy doctors and LG said a year you're okay what was the event what's -- specific event why.
And no one can give me an answer and so I resigned and I was gonna walk away and it it really took.
Another a fellow seals and you need to look at an actress honor I think you -- TVI that in order was and I think about point.
Nobody in our community -- really sort of address that issue.
And -- rumors about rampant right here for 2011 August of this month or even 2011 would -- -- it's ten years.
And we were early as a military one and dealing with -- Our community is where the tip of the spear and so that's not that's I was against it we -- with a look at that -- And -- frankly don't want us.
Being focused on that you want us focused on the mission and so was you know what I get educated about what was happening to me.
-- I looked at the rest of communities is going to be huge problem we have to we have -- -- -- -- involvement now have weakened you know.
Well Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund so they built one.
Night a senator national -- the center of excellence national -- -- traffic center of excellence -- -- you can go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund website.
Or -- make invisible dot work.
And it's a holistic.
Yeah there's a way to return a web -- right now that it's a holistic integrated medical facilities first its kind in the US military that treats the problem not the symptom.
And it is an intensive month long program -- 93 doctors' appointments itemized.
It's extremely -- your family and -- -- my wife that broader inside of them said hey this is what's happening to him which was a huge relief to his family because now.
We had something to deal with and it's something that we could mutually focus on and and and get through.
That's really helped you having at AA recognized the problem and -- -- -- -- do about -- -- recognize it educates you and then get you on a path to success.
And so you can start healing because it's about an eighteen point four month program.
To get yourself back to where you need and are you gonna stay with this has been through your life mission.
Yeah I've -- -- is it really is.
I'm -- state director challenge America which is organization based out of Colorado that.
Connects families in -- -- -- -- families and military families with resources -- community but this is a huge piece of it because.
You know I personally believe that that -- if we fix -- -- we can fix the country.
Made me very much it actually.
You guys have done it the most incredible service games.
If Philip -- for governor rather -- there's.
Everybody Hutu -- intrepid fallen heroes -- thank you so much for tennis it's about the consumer -- appreciated and I.
Does -- for -- country.
It's going to be a wild week so please come back again next week.
And guess probably -- round.
The front lines that Israel be on the Golan Heights and hopefully we can figure out how to do -- three.
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