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And welcome to fox is on that panel -- with Brit -- Evan -- Kimberly Stossel and Juan Williams well.
This is -- gonna make more sense if you watch our power players -- first because we did it on the congressional medal of honor society I was fortunate enough to be part of their annual convention.
Last week in Gettysburg 44 of the suffering nine.
Living recipients where there we've particularly profiled one.
Barney -- -- 731.
I can't say one received his award it's not like that when apprised.
Received his award for his actions above and beyond the call of duty.
In Vietnam in 1965.
And one of the things we talked about.
Is all this talk that the country is war weary and he basically -- cities of the problem is that there's too much political interference that's civilian.
Politicians -- set I would understand civilian control of the military they should have the right to set policy and decided and they should get out of the way but the military do what they wanted to do.
-- -- I think that the -- is an American war weary as if that is something new condition.
Is incorrect I think that this country's perpetually war weary.
And if you look back through history.
You'll see that each time we were confronted with a possibility of entering into some international conflict public sentiment -- almost never been there for.
People don't want to go to war in this country and they never have under any circumstances.
You look at the Winston -- long struggle to try to get the United States and president Roosevelt -- remembered as a great wartime president -- I think was in the World War II it's a painful story.
You look at the situation existed in 1990 when it when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
President Bush came -- made some strong statement bush 41 about how this will not stand remember that Chris this I'm never took my breath away.
The attitude that this country wasn't in any mood to go to war to -- Kuwait a country which most Americans have never probably -- of and yet -- an example of leadership.
And so on presidential leadership.
The the sentiment mounted in his favor.
Of people follow conviction he showed it.
And as a military engagement.
Ended up with a strong for public support and of course who prevailed in a matter of days not me.
Pick up on that with the -- senator -- because he is certainly got a very different sentence from Barack Obama who can constantly talks about.
I was elected to and war is not -- to start them.
And you know yes he has involve the United States and Libya.
-- obviously a lot of drone strikes and stopped.
But he -- Seems to feel that that that's with a country as that they do not regardless of the issue they don't want to get involved in military.
-- I do agree with -- that -- strong presidential leadership can matter.
In leading the public and convincing them that it's in the national security interest to use force.
The problem we have right now is the most recent examples are not the first gulf war but we've got Afghanistan particularly Iraq.
We're trillions of dollars were spent and lives were lost and the American public looks at -- says okay what was the take away how was our country strengthened abide that.
And so I do think there's a higher level of skepticism and even would ordinarily be the that the weariness that -- described I think it's higher now than normal.
It's not unique the United States look at the vote in parliament.
I think it's unprecedented in modern times for prime minister to go to the house of commons and ask for authorization to to use force and be -- But it happened and so it's -- it's an unusual world room the only -- standing with us or the French.
But but everywhere and and what's so what's the balance that is -- their president.
Should draw in terms of one the resistance but on the other hand sometimes feeling.
We got to do stuff we've got a little.
I disagree with this and that Americans.
What Americans want is a victory.
Okay and now is actually one of the problems in the end in Afghanistan and Iraq and that you had a president who came in and said.
My job is to end this war.
Not my job is to make sure we win and we come out victorious when we leave these places but here's my deadline it's politically motivated I want all the troops out and now -- done.
-- -- when the president goes -- he doesn't get to decide.
What's happening in the world -- whether or not he just gets to and wars things come up and he has to make a decision.
And you can't actually get the American come along without eighth -- -- to Africa and that's just it can't come out and give one speech -- -- was the problem with -- the President Obama had in any way.
-- what he tends to do on domestic issues traveling around the country campaigning on the things that he -- -- -- -- -- probably -- got some public support for this and got some support and -- It is an existing -- -- we have Karr wrote last week tonight I think he pointed to polls that showed.
Before we got involved in Libya that -- country with very much against the idea that we would get involved once we got involved.
People were pretty much lined -- some of the saluted smartly.
And especially because there wasn't it generally good outcome there Americans like -- would we don't mind using our force if we can show that it was worth it and that there was a real help come from.
There's a larger frame here which is I think there's an opposition.
That I sense to the idea of America as the world's policeman.
That America should intervene at other fears so that you get this contrast often times now are used in discussions that Syria.
Say what -- second.
People were being slaughtered Africa you didn't go in.
So why are we going in here where people are being slaughtered.
And we don't need to do -- we're not gonna make a difference anyway.
And I think that has not been the case in the past even though I agree generally that we are not our war mongering people.
Resistant to war.
What we have believed is that our forces -- force for good.
Being pro democratic in terms of the bush agenda.
Or in terms -- that President Obama did this week saying you know.
We want activists and we want citizen activist grassroots activism.
In these other countries I think Americans for the moment are down on this idea that we somehow have a responsibility.
To the rest of the world.
There's always down.
The idea of the United States -- world's policeman is not a popular idea and it never has been.
When I -- an event that is let's go back again of that 1991.
The the president President Bush was going to do that regardless of whether congress authorized -- -- not and he says much and move forward.
The United Nations passed a resolution authorizing the use of force by the coalition it'd -- -- at that time.
After that -- US senate voted -- it is a measure.
How strongly anti war sentiment was.
That it almost failed in the sent.
The great Sam Nunn for example voted no Joseph Biden voted no innumerable senators voted no who now would rather -- -- think otherwise but.
But the fact of the matter is that even then.
Was all that was going on with the UN already authorizing it it was all it was and it was they barely got to senate resolution.
To authorize it to go forward so I would say.
This really isn't any different -- -- -- ever been and the missing ingredient is strong convicted presidential leadership.
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