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And now we're gonna turn -- a congressman -- seven on the show before -- represented Brad.
One -- is a Republican from Ohio and he's on that famous house armed services committee that.
Is getting -- -- every single -- on everything from.
Russian noncompliance with nuclear weapons treaties to the defense budget to now Iraq now you've been.
Involved with some hearings.
On a rock and a -- al-Qaeda we thought al-Qaeda was gone but now -- like apparatus that's what's going on congressman.
Well -- Qaeda is still very much alive and president we're seeing that -- you.
Just look at the example what just happened at -- grew up prison unfortunately.
We have a lot of al-Qaeda members that just escaped.
Yeah as you may know I spent a year in Iraq and I was stationed -- -- -- prison where I served as chief of surgery -- combat support hospital there.
And I can very readily picture how this could take place at Abu -- especially if you don't provide enough defense.
In April of 2005 there was an orchestrated attack on Abu grab prison what we have it under our control and and fortunately we were able to retard the mission.
That they had set forth and we were able to stop the attack before the suicide bomber could get to the gate we've got a lot of issues to address.
As far as al-Qaeda and -- -- -- it's just another example the threat that exists for us today.
You know as someone who's been in the military knew -- -- you've seen -- you've had friends and colleagues who have.
Given their all whose lives will never read the same again that make you feel on a personal level to see it -- it's almost like it's been thrown away what have we gotten for ten years.
And all those American sacrifices.
Well in Iraq directly that that is exactly how I feel that a lot of it has been thrown away.
You know we made great gains why we were there I was there 0506 after that we went through the surge where we changed our strategy we really earn the trust a lot of the Iraqi People.
And what we're seeing here today is all that is gone and I can tell you.
That I think the Kurds in Iraq would have -- more than happy for United States president as I think most of the population would have.
And certainly we would have something to gain from that long term build an ally it takes a generation -- sometimes we've seen that after World War II.
That our presence and who we are as people begins to grow on people reform that allied relationship.
We can use all the allies we can get the Middle -- in Iraq was an opportunity for that and we walked away from it.
The congress and you think about -- pretend that opportunity is now gone at that window is over is there anything this administration can do having walked away from Iraq is there anything to do now.
To kind of undo the mistakes we've made and to somehow get more involved in the situation help stabilize -- and lost.
Well I hope it's not -- but those decisions have to be made by the administration.
And which seem to walk away from that situation as it was.
I would hope that we could continue to be up presence of some type in Iraq.
And build on the relationships that we developed after the years of war there but it's difficult right now because it doesn't seem to be the course that this administration wants to take.
Do you think that -- the talk on Capitol Hill -- -- out on your committee but I'm and some of the Senate Committees.
Senate Armed Services Committee about the United States should get involved in Syria arming the Syrian rebels giving some kind of relief humanitarian relief no flies out.
What's your sense of the situation in Syria.
Well you know there's -- old expression the enemy of my enemy is my friend right now but sometimes the enemy of my enemy is a greater enemy.
And I think that's what we have to be very careful about I am in favor of humanitarian relief for those that are fleeing the country and going into places where we.
Are welcome and we can help the people that have had to flee the country.
And so you wind band stopped short of -- -- -- the -- training the rebels putting US.
Troops and -- situation where they might potentially be involving conflict like a no fly zone.
You know on a personal note I wouldn't want to be entering into Syria right now as a soldier.
Yeah union because -- didn't that I mean I was struck frankly when the chairman of the joint chiefs didn't come before your committee that became before another committee.
Last week and said basically there are five options and all of them.
Are bad and very few of them look like they would lead to a success so I think your in your echoing the same thing that the chairman of the joint chiefs.
-- is articulate and.
Well exactly and any mission that we go on definitively we should know what we want the result to be.
What it takes to accomplish the mission.
And then provide everything that we can't to accomplish that I mean in my lifetime the only time I really -- that happens specifically was the first gulf war in which only took us about a week but we defined our mission.
We got everything together we did it.
So I think.
I think he's right on that note that it's going to be very difficult to accomplish any of those missions and should we.
You know congressman I've -- be remiss if I didn't ask you about Ben Ghazi -- you've got more hearings today on Ben Ghazi.
-- been calls from several groups including former special ops.
Guy is some veterans have come out this week to talk about we're having some kind of a further investigation our commission timeline.
Something what this year what happened and the hearings today if you can talk about them and where do you think it goes from here.
Well -- today was classified and will find out what they declassify.
And let let's talk about -- let me just talking about my concerns first of all.
When you have the loss of four American lives there's nothing phony about that.
It was my job interactive tell soldiers and Marines what we lost one of their bodies.
And that is not an easy thing to do -- you can only imagine what the families of those four men are thinking today.
When we hear something such as this is a phony thing that's taking place it's anything but phoney and it's very real.
So the things that we want to be taking a look at are the immediate after action reports that maybe took place.
And then what we've done since that time.
And and I have a concern -- very much so as someone on the armed services committee and somebody from the military.
As to who was advising anyone that this was a demonstration gone out of control.
I want to know if there is any military personnel that.
Told the administration that that's what they thought was taking place or did they think it was an attack from the beginning.
And did they call an attack from the beginning and who decided that.
You know I can tell you it doesn't take someone very long to serve in the military especially if they've gone to -- to tell the difference between a demonstration and an orchestrated attack.
You can watch those videos from afar and you can make that determination and that and it concerns me greatly that administration could come out and say that this was a demonstration.
For nine days or so after what we know was an attack and they continue to call it that.
I don't think that's fair to the American people.
And I don't think it's fair to the families that are involved that are suffering with that the trauma the loss of a loved one to be given information that -- doesn't seem to be true.
And what are the other questions and I think others have asked I certainly -- -- is why I was during our response in retaliation.
You know we know who did this -- their -- their people and Ben Ghazi bragging about having orchestrated a mimic kingpins of this attack is there ever conversation about GY -- -- Rescue them but -- -- not gone after the people who killed our own and and how.
-- I get it's I can assure you that conversation is taking place.
What I can't tell you right now are some of the answers to some of those questions.
All right well I think we're gonna have to have you back when some of these answers have been declassified and you can explain what.
The administration thinking was on all things thank you so much it was a great opportunity to nature I've heard a lot of matches thank you for your service and I hope -- come back and join us again.
Thank you so let's -- thank you -- Anderson thank you.
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