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Now one of the top story reaction let us now is Robert Kagan.
An old friend and he's a senior fellow at the Brookings.
Institute op mr.
Kagan you and I over the years -- talk a lot about Iraq and your your learned scholar an incredibly prolific writer.
But -- and when you look at this today.
How does the administration not lost ground in the past week with how they've tried to sell this war.
Justify the war and maybe even circumscribe.
All the -- the duration and the commitment in this war.
I think they've clearly lost ground and not just of this past week I mean that the public mood really is shouldn't be that surprising when you consider that for five years.
President Obama has been telling the American people that they should be.
The nation building and home not involved in overseas that we should be getting out of the Middle East and we shouldn't be doing this kind of thing.
Now he turns on dime and says it's it's a big threat we have to do something about it and I'm not at all surprised of the American people have whiplash in this situation.
So he has a huge job to do and and they're not doing very well to try to explain.
To the American public what is at stake here -- -- you know.
I disagree with you I think there really are substantial American interest at stake in what's going on in the Middle East and particularly in Syria and I worry.
But as we have in the past as we did in the 1920s and thirties.
We want to try to look away from a dangerous world eventually comes back to bite.
-- Moving into more of an isolationist.
Mood in the 1930s so -- it not Bob because.
Of what happened world -- want to that the American people believed.
That that was the war to end all wars -- and ended up in powering.
Would ultimately became the Third -- -- this idea that isolationism just popped up for no reason it -- up because of of of failed policies of the United States and -- the same thing that's happened now.
What happened in Iraq and Afghanistan both wars I was a huge supporter -- and I love our troops I do a lot as much as I can't help them.
The public doesn't see the bang for the buck of what we're weaker after all these military engagements -- hasn't been involved in any wars lately haven't they -- pretty strong right now.
Overplay your history is excellent so I I appreciate that it was a reaction to World War I and it was it to some extent and understandable rational thing was ultimately an over reaction and the problem that that.
You know American public opinion can go swinging wildly from one side all the way to the other -- that.
Well I mean that it's -- -- -- all of us.
-- -- I mean it's everybody's fault and you know in the case the twenties and thirties -- leak was exactly where the public was so.
I think what the the real question is is does any of this matter or not and that the public opinion you know perfectly well -- we were both supported the Iraq War and so was the overwhelming majority.
-- people prosecution of the war in Orlando ended up not caring that the public.
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And then like whoa wait a second Iraq today is in total chaos when you know what's happened in -- well we better shape before Barack Obama decided to pull out every last American troop and -- and I'll tell us -- -- disasters no doubt about it I'm.
That people have been making terrible mistakes there's no question about it but you know unfortunately that doesn't absolve us from the need to make a decision now about what's in our interest so we only Italy funding in and Syria today I mean you know what what we found out about factions inside the opposition -- We're factions inside the Syrian movement and and clearly there are there is al-Qaeda.
Or -- al-Qaeda affiliates operating I think and relatively small numbers.
There is a much larger group of the Free Syrian Army which.
We have within the a lot of knowledge about and they are not jihadist and they are not moderates now I mean and they are moderates are not extremists.
That the problem is that this is something I don't do Obama's -- has brought us to.
Biden not supporting those more moderate elements we have left the field open to the jihadist and if we continue to do nothing.
They get stronger and stronger coordinating -- How -- we -- we weaker now over the last got twelve years and we want to.
That is an overstated I know I'm I know the argument tonight and I don't actually responded to it and rather than a book for a drug groups and I -- I don't think that we are in as much declined.
As people say.
I would say we are much more in a -- in -- in the decline of mood than an actual capacity with 63% of the country only participating in this economy and jobs and -- that we have slack off homeownership at -- -- and -- that go back in 1995.
-- that's all true the question however here.
That's actually right although.
How much more I guess the question I would like to ask us how much more -- -- hurting.
If we are living in a world where all kinds of dictators are using chemical weapons weapons of mass destruction where we've retreated.
In the face of a -- and challenges in the face of Russian challenges in the face of Hezbollah.
Believe it or not things can't get worse and the fact that we are suffering economically at home does not mean.
It's in our interest to do nothing about what's going on overseas it's great to see you thanks much for --
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