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-- -- Fox News alert president finally got to -- last night for intervention in Syria are doing -- -- the US national security interests are at stake.
Why should we get involved at all.
In a place -- so complicated.
And where there's one person wrote to me those who come after -- -- may be enemies of human rights.
It's true that some of the -- opponents are extremists.
But al-Qaeda will only draw strength.
In a more chaotic Syria.
If people -- -- the world doing nothing to prevent innocent civilians from being gassed to death.
But I US strikes the best way to prevent al-Qaeda from gaining ground in Syria -- -- -- only make this worse let's ask staff president George W.
Andy card good morning to -- Good morning Gretchen good to be with you in this day of remembrance of course and we're gonna get to September 11 in just a moment I do need you to comment on the president's speech last night because.
You would know better than anybody is the closest advisor to a former president United States in times of war.
What the president should do and what you would advise them to do when you look at the situation that's been developing -- Syria and President Obama over the last few weeks.
How would you have advised him differently for the -- -- -- I want the president of the United States to speak with authority to the world -- to have resolve and command respect.
And be a little bit feared.
And I suspect that President Obama hasn't lived up to that expectation over the last several weeks.
And so I think the world is confused by what President Obama saying he's called for action and -- said don't do any thing.
And he told us how terrible the atrocities in Syria are.
And how they cannot stand but he says standby -- will consider doing something later on.
So I'm troubled that the president doesn't look like he -- -- commandos of the situation or that he is really got his.
Finger on the pulse of reality dealing with diplomacy around the world.
I know he has his hand on the political situation the United States he understands the tough politics.
Of a decision like this but I'm concerned that he is not furthering the cause of American leadership around the world who.
-- when I found out last night that I'd be interviewing you on this topic -- couldn't help to think about how much your former boss President Bush took flak.
For some of his very strong positions on things however.
Do you see it as ironic today that.
He was a president that stood up and said here's what I think and you can disagree with me or not but here's what I think.
And do you see a complete difference in president -- in the way that he handles situations like this.
Well President Bush would -- very seriously do his homework and understand when a decision was necessary in need the courage to make a decision.
He didn't make a decision based on which way the political winds were blowing.
He made a decision what he thought was right for the country and he accepted the consequences of his decisions he had the courage to decide he was a decider.
President Obama seems to have his finger in the air most of the time looking to see which way the political winds are blowing.
And I think he's afraid to make some of the tough decisions the president's have to make so.
Yes some troubled by the kind of leadership was saying in Washington DC right now but I want to President Obama to be strong and I won America's leadership to be respected around the world.
Of course and today of course is September 11 hard to believe it's been twelve years since she went in and told President Bush in that classroom what had happened.
Would we be any safer with regard to Syria now if we strike that we don't strike with regard to this being September 11.
-- Have to admit I don't think the situation in Syria represents.
A present threat to the United States now security interest ought to the American people.
So I think it's a little different than the situations that President Bush addressed.
But I do feel it when President Obama said that there was a red line -- that Syria had crossed the wedlock red line of the -- -- did cross the Red Line.
And that there would be a consequence that you you couldn't be hollow in offering -- a consequence and then you've had to follow -- But I think that diplomatic challenges should have been addressed over the course of the last several recent weeks rather than call for a vote in congress and then asked for it to be postponed.
The President Bush on the other hand.
I think that he was.
Very deliberate about how he made his decisions.
And I respected how he made those decisions and he had the courage to make them.
And we -- worked very hard to make sure that his decisions once implemented lived up to his expectations.
-- and I'm sure that you got into disagreements from time to time in -- -- the next topic.
About this documentary and it's coming out tonight 9 PM on the Discovery Channel called the president's gatekeepers -- looks fascinating let's take a peek.
Playing a serpentine way waiting for fighting just to -- to protect us and the whole time the president just telling me we're going back to Washington.
The Secret Service is telling -- we can't go back into we know much more about what's happening and I just said Mr.
I really can't recommend.
And he was angry with you right.
This he was we hadn't.
That he was pretty -- -- PI tried to stay cool calm and collected in all I kept saying to Mr.
President I don't think you really wanna make that decision.
And the truth is the pilot and Air Force One was reluctant to -- Andrews Air Force Base the Secret Service is very concerned about the situation in Washington DC.
There were too many unknowns and I thought it would be best of the president allow us to go to Barksdale Air Force Base and kind of regroup again and go to a strategic Q -- command and and meet with.
The faculty of members of the White House staff if you will.
And then come back to Washington once we knew what was going on but the president was adamant about getting back to Washington DC he eventually got his way and we went back there and he addressed the nation that night.
-- -- people should check it out tonight on the Discovery Channel 9 o'clock the president's gatekeepers Andy card you were one of the gatekeepers.
And I appreciate you get -- early and being our guest today have a great rest of the week thank you Gretchen.
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