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Go back to Afghanistan.
And talk about Jennifer Griffin this interview with General Petraeus I think.
We had Jennifer streaming live from Afghanistan right now and I think it's about what is it.
3 in the morning there something like that Jennifer are you -- I think it's on -- Fine it's it's 4 in the morning malaria -- -- -- -- getting on my country when you're eight and a half hours it's it's eight and a half hours ahead of you that.
-- -- need that extra half hour I mean what country is a half hour ahead of anything because her.
They may be decades behind the times that -- half hour ahead at least.
I've listened Jennifer this street yeah and -- that very.
It's fantastic to have you back and what a way to jump back -- -- to the job after almost.
A year eleven months actually way.
What's your experience like for you after today -- -- on the 3 o'clock show.
With shepherd I'm sure it's emotional and sure today.
-- a big day for you.
Well it thanks for asking Ben thanks for having me on.
I think being back in Afghanistan is emotional for several reasons.
My husband and I used to live in Pakistan and we covered Afghanistan in early ninety's we had our honeymoon here in this very neighborhood where I'm standing.
So out at some people go to -- -- the journalists have to come back here.
I know I'm still mad at my husband about that but.
The marriage lasted and -- -- and here I stand.
But it but it is where I cut my teeth as a journalist and so it is very and and I will point out there has been a war going on in this capital before.
Since the early ninety's if not -- -- and going further than that back.
But it's very emotional coming back we had a -- severe as as you know.
You know we had that diagnosis of the breast cancer last September.
You know we went through all the chemo and radiation and and and -- I got a clean bill of health from my doctors and -- it's my doctor that I.
Wanted to go back to work and then my first assignment is going to be to Afghanistan and she said you wanna note that you can't go and I -- I want to go very very happy to be back and and I wanna go and there's no group in the world understands.
Having been wounded and and now healed and -- to get back to your comfort zone and into the field -- the military and so there's no better.
Place for me to be right now that's exactly right -- -- Virginia says Jennifer you rock never quit stay positive.
Jimmy says you look beautiful you go girl messages are flown in from all the folks.
On line I wanna talk to you about the interview and what struck you about your time with general General Petraeus -- was a fantastic piece that we aired.
So what done what it -- when you've taken with.
Well I think what struck me since I've gotten on the ground here are some of the sideline conversations that I've had.
With you guys have been out here for several tourists.
Now you know you -- some in the military I met one woman who is on her fifth tour.
And I also talked to an Afghan -- today who was describing to me and very frank manner -- had perfect English he was telling me how.
They have done some incredible training have the Afghan military particularly this special commando unit that unit 333.
They've cut they came up last year with they.
A hall of.
Tons of narcotics in one go.
And instead of getting praised by the Karzai government and by the government it the central government as a whole.
They got punished.
And so what has struck me is how General Petraeus is about it's -- customer as you can ever come across he is a man who.
Understands the message.
He is so disciplined he never gets off message.
But when you talk to somebody like that Afghan commando.
About what he's up against in terms of the Afghan government the corruption.
Lack of support of the central government by the Afghan people here.
You really wonder how any counterinsurgency strategy can work that the soldiers and Marines they can do a lot of great clearing and holding.
But but but there it is it really even a different situation that I saw in Iraq at the beginning of the search.
Yeah the last thing before I let you go I was struck and we talked about in the panel.
About that the general talking about reconciliation.
And -- reaching out to the talent on saying repeatedly that it's the Afghan.
Folks who are doing it but that the US is clearly.
Pushing that forward and and that could be the end game.
I think it's been a key part I think -- two parts to this end game one is.
Training the Afghan security forces and police.
They're trying to get it up to force of 400000 security forces.
That is -- -- they're doing well in terms of training but but there are a lot of salute a long way to go they've got to train those guys it darted handover.
And the other.
The other leg of the stool is of course.
Being able to.
Is trust the Karzai government and -- And to allow the Karzai government to bring.
The Taliban which are basically from the Pashtun community if you have the questions on the outside of the tent here.
You're never gonna have a stable government and I think the general understands that and it's very clear that he's going to try to do what he did and Anbar Province with the sons of Iraq.
He's gonna try that's going to be a key part of his strategy here.
Okay well who's so cool writes Jennifer you're -- victory of the human spirit incredible interview with Petraeus.
And James and El Paso writes the wife is crying just watching Jennifer.
Jennifer you are an inspiration to a lot of people including me.
Thank you so much for all -- -- -- and we can't wait to your back here.
Thank you -- and thank you so much I had a good morning fantastic stuff Charles.
About what you're saying about the reconciliation and that the parts of the school there I mean obviously Petraeus is a guy who wrote the book on counterterrorism.
Is a big hurdle.
-- big -- it's a lot different and I do think there was.
In Iraq -- split among the Sunnis al-Qaeda came in mostly leadership from the outside.
Teamed up with from the Sunnis who had lost control of Iraq as a result of our.
Invasion and -- the united that they -- Qaeda elements who were so destructive.
-- them and so with a contemptuous and so alien to the local Iraqis the local -- in Anbar.
That in the end you got a real split and I there's no evidence that I can see perhaps we don't know about it.
Of those kinds of splits.
Among the enemy in Afghanistan.
In the absence of that which you have to do is to get.
An agreement with the whole of the of the enemy insurgency and and if you get that you're not gonna get.
Something that's gonna work community get -- kind of a paper agreement.
In which it gives us perhaps a decent.
A decent excuse for leaving.
-- happened in southeast Asia and other places where you put up a rickety coalition.
Where the enemy is involved and he knows it's only a matter of time you know it is.
And then it collapses once you leave I think you have to have real splits.
Among the insurgents for us to be able to exploit that as we successfully did in Iraq and I suspect that Petraeus knows that I'm sure -- -- OK guys -- talk politics and that I want to bring in senior White House correspondent Major Garrett.
From Martha's Vineyard he joins us now.
-- -- as you can imagine there -- a lot of comments on line.
What is the deal major is leaving.
But I decided that I wasn't going to respond so I thought I would like -- was up up up up up.
Well let let me say it simply.
I want to spend time.
Talking less and thinking war.
I've loved my life and television it's given me a profile -- an opportunity unparalleled in my journalistic career.
And I -- all that principally to fox and I'll be forever grateful to the network for doing that.
For -- comes a time in life when you wanna get back to what she started doing.
I started as a print reporter.
I love the unique pleasure of finding a fact.
Probably together with a few others.
And then doing is Charles and other do.
Put great words around it to people remember.
I spent a lot of time recently being hurt.
I'd like to spend a little bit more time being read.
Some more complicated than that.
That is fantastic and we should say you're leaving to go to the National Journal which is.
Very well respected here in Washington but I'll tell you this body.
We -- gonna miss you tremendously we have you for the rest of the week.
And I don't think that we're not going to use every last.
-- the day.
And then also you -- know -- like I had comic I'll be here next week that's good but every last day so.
We'll have time do do another round of this before it's all said and done but I wanted to clear it up probably were -- him.
-- talk to us about.
And out and -- if I could not quite good 111 other thing.
I've traveled this great country on behalf of this network.
I've met thousands of people who have supported me and encourage me.
And I just want to say it to this audience and I hope it spreads beyond the online show.
For taking the time to say hello to me taking the time to say you watch and care what I saying what everyone else fox says and tried to accomplish.
It means a great deal when you're tired you've been up eighteen hours you know you've got a few more hours the next day.
That's someone you've never met this come up and say.
It matters what you do and millions not millions but thousands of people of done that maybe millions of thought it for the thousands of excited and I just wanna say thank.
Yeah -- many people are typing and but we'll miss -- big time you'll be sorely miss them in the messages are nonstop but I'm gonna continue on with news about -- what about date.
The administration responding to the Marine Corps come and done and there really wasn't -- response was.
There was not a response publicly the administration does not want to get into any sort of public spat perceived or otherwise otherwise the general Conway.
That's a strategic decision made by the White House at some point the president maybe asked about it the next -- it will certainly come up.
But there was nothing the White House -- to engage directly on this topic.
But it wasn't that difficult to engage administration on background at least on a couple points one.
General Conway anyone else participated to one degree or another in the formulation of this policy the president's made a decision and for now July 2011.
Is the date on the calendar.
What it means.
What transition phase is actually going to be translated into on the ground in Afghanistan.
We don't know yet I found it interest David administration officials I talked to today.
Used as sort of -- an example of the flexibility of that policy to challenge the idea that the date was.
Giving sustenance to the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces.
They didn't challenge what general Conway also said which is Marines are going to be in Afghanistan for years after that deadline.
They actually use that -- -- defense to say see the policies flexible.
So my guess is that what we'll see is.
Some kind of may be more specific announcement from the president.
Maybe not before the midterm elections however.
About the -- flexibility of that day.
On another topic quickly before we have to leave you is you know -- I heard Bill Burton said that the president is finished.
Weighing in on this mosque controversy near ground zero -- that he has a couple interviews coming up I think with Brian Williams this weekend in New Orleans.
And perhaps others.
Obviously it's and it's an issue he's probably going to be asked about it does the White House believe it's just gonna go away.
Will the White House doesn't believe it's going to go away but the White House believes the president's gonna say all he can say.
And as a political matter they've now discovered all he should say about this that it's it that constitutionally.
No one's really debating that is Charles in the panel pointed out number of times.
And he's not gonna weigh in on the propriety or is he said in his second remarks about of the wisdom of this all.
He's gonna leave that up to the process both political and jurisdictional in New York.
But that is me people are gonna ask about it and you'll have to weigh in if if if pressed him.
But you know Brett I can stay here till 730 so if you he saw me to push me out you -- I thought you had a fox report yeah this is good and it only got I'm not a -- unclear handling them and and Charles this week -- like a lemon.
We'll stand by that.
Led Zeppelin songs they hit.
Market well what about that I mean that the mosque issue obviously is still getting a lot of coverage it's sucking a lot of oxygen still in the media it's.
There are questions about what's gonna happen going forward does this issue somehow -- continue and until the president weighs in again.
You know hi I'm reminded that got access to the doctor doctor every time I do this works obnoxious quit doing that.
I don't think Obama will say -- again until he absolutely has dragged in this thing because it hurts when he talks about it.
-- -- -- -- White House this issue I don't think it's helping the White House and I think that they're actually looking forward to congress coming back so there's -- had to change the subject a little bit.
But look the more Democrats come out and say this is a bad idea.
The morning you workers come out say this is a bad idea I think everyone is just kind of -- turn the page -- make a decision it's not going to be built there where's it going to be built.
And let's move on.
We reported Charles again that tonight that another Democrat speaking out about it asked about it Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- from Florida.
-- part of the leadership in the house saying it shouldn't be there they should negotiate did move it someplace else.
So you may have a lot of folks weighing -- still.
What's so remarkable amount -- -- so -- -- of leadership of the house.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Particular debate but I think it is -- significant thing because look when Harry.
We came out they wrote -- -- is a guy who's you know in a desperate situation he wants these.
He'll be cynical as much as he has to -- section etc.
and then you've got Howard Dean not quite he sort of walked it to back partially.
But then you get her and then you get some of -- and William Shawcross -- who has an author.
In the in the six -- -- when he was very much.
Liberal side he wrote the books about Henry Kissinger and the Vietnam War which are extremely.
Critical he came out in favor you've got I think an interesting split that's develop -- but I agree on the politics of this.
Obama only loses part of it is a self inflicted he could have.
Taken a stand one way or the other and what he did is he took stands on both sides -- -- in one day.
And that's a loser and in every in every situation.
Well let's shift to politics and we were talking heavily about the Alaska race and why did back in there major you.
You know you've traveled around the country I don't know -- to a -- or not but.
Boy that race really shocked a lot of folks.
And Joseph Miller still may pull this thing out right now it's his he's up 1492.
Over incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski.
But they sought to count absentee ballots do you what do you think it says about.
Well that racial more broadly.
Well there are unique aspects of this race in Alaska the Murkowski name was not always the most popular Frank Murkowski.
The predecessor Lisa Murkowski father had that seat held for a long time he had a sort of combustible nature about him.
He was a little bit larger than life and Alaska -- not always.
The most popular person -- those -- reelected and he had some problems and Lisa took the seat in ways that -- that seemed a little bit.
Two favorite it was him it was like he wasn't that clean left a little some some bad taste in people's -- that you have the Sarah -- Lisa Murkowski.
Rivalry which is existed in Alaska for a while.
So this is a Tea Party phenomenon it's an outsider phenomenon but you also have this sort of baggage from several years.
Past some of it Murkowski some of -- Sarah Palin Murkowski.
And some of it just the tumult of the Republican Party in Alaska -- all of the attention it's derived.
Because of Sarah Palin as a national figure so I think there are some aspects of this race in Alaska that are unique.
-- would you look it happened last night in Alaska and you look at what happened in Florida and the governor's race the Republican primary Rick Scott.
Is somewhat of a name during the health care debate that was largely unknown defeating with his money.
A completely tried and true conservative -- Bill McCollum does -- wanted to go to alleged -- column of being a squishy conservative nobody.
Yet all the establishment backing.
He had the absolute credibility of a convicted considered conservative media conservative of conviction that I mean he was convicted of anything yet.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yes and he lost.
Because he why is no home I mean there is there is now -- liability right now in this atmosphere.
Of being -- having -- in Washington have been around the track -- timer to even -- the times around the track.
He did exactly the way your supporters wanted to inconsistent with the issues -- detractors now.
Are their most important so it's a crazy atmosphere out there that I think is the one linkage between Alaska and Florida.
Yeah that's a good point speaking of being known.
The DNC spokesman was asked about the Alaska race.
On ABC and he it was started to say that it was a Tea Party phenomenon they're gonna elect another Tea Party candidate it's going to be a real liability for Republicans.
But there was a little bit of a hiccup here take a listen to this.
Are you gonna do something than to help your candidate and Alaska at 4000 dollars in the same pricing honeymoon.
Our candidate in the last you know they didn't have met with his name well his name is -- oh yeah.
I didn't know his -- Scott Adams is the devil I don't know -- I noted I don't speak for the DNC you know -- -- -- period and -- -- about.
That battle first -- -- comment about that that's pretty.
Any of the newest.
On this race -- -- -- of the voting on the primary and certainly Democrats -- focusing on winning the race because.
They weren't gonna they're still not gonna whenever go.
I was -- what happens in this primary shake up so.
You know that's hilarious because of the Democratic National Committee that spokesperson but I didn't know it either just like -- -- I think it's highly entertaining.
Charles is -- -- Mohammed Ali and -- listed.
-- the odds -- I think fifty who went on that one look.
Nobody had ever heard of this guy nobody ever -- -- -- until yesterday and today and I I think but it does speak for the fact I think.
Major is right there is if if there's ideological differences I think in this year it trumps.
All other considerations if you more conservative you're likely to win in this.
Anti Obama anti democratic.
However if there are -- as there were none in the Florida race which we pointed out earlier and I'm not sure there were major ideological differences.
In in the Alaska race perhaps I guess I wasn't closely look at -- like the -- and I'm sure you know.
Was all about Michael Brown probably has.
As counting he's worked at all -- -- -- she need it actually prevail.
This I think in the -- -- an ideological split.
What you get is incumbents have a hard time.
Mark your thoughts on this this race as it translates nationally -- You know.
Some than than for actually get to on the on the on the panel tonight.
I'm I'm struck in the Arizona race by how much money John McCain has -- -- point one million dollars.
You know Dolly Parton said that takes a lot of money might want to look this cheap.
Took a lot of money like John McCain look that conservative.
This afternoon I think it's the southern accent where you can pull off that quote I'm not share.
Major final word you know we I forgot we have you next.
Wednesday yes on -- death don't show the other though I'm here I'm here this week and next I'm -- -- many questions we have to address.
Final word about it guys I'm glad we did we finally have our own video of him playing golf.
Yes that's a great thing and what else and in a vacation wraps up and then he gives this -- big speech on Iraq.
Yet what we have a speech Sunday about the fifth anniversary of Katrina.
Then we have the August 31 address from the Oval Office about Iraq.
It's really an issue the president has not dealt with very much since he announced his Iraq policy in February policy that's been carried out he will say.
It's a promise made -- promise kept one of the reasons that -- White House has been dribbling out information about this and trying to make a focus on Iraq during this entire vacation.
It's a signal to dispirited liberals.
-- -- remember two or three years ago this was the dominant issue one of the reasons I got a toehold among liberal base when I was fighting for this nomination.
I got the presidency I put the policy together and it's worked.
Buck up help me out in November -- if that's one of the practical political reasons behind this sort of weeklong push the White House to emphasize what's going on in Iraq.
And they want the president to if not from the country at large which -- -- -- deserves but specifically from liberals get some credits and demonstrable credit chosen in the mid term elections.
For what the White House would say is a policy put together less -- last February and successfully carried out.
Major as always thank you we'll see you tomorrow.
Panel last word as it shapes up for the mid terms thoughts about the big picture how it's looking for Democrats and Republicans.
And now were less than seventy days out.
Mark sixty -- should Republicans in the house that your prediction that's my position.
The big big number.
I'm not -- -- I'm not going to predict.
I will say this we've got.
Possibly three senate incumbents.
Losing their primaries if Murkowski doesn't prevail.
Seven incumbents overall.
And we look at the primary winners here I'm anxious to see how they fare in the November election because they will be running for that from the right.
And more importantly if they do win I'm anxious to see how Mitch McConnell in the senate manages.
His new conference because it's going to be -- dramatically different group of Republican senators and what he's -- now.
-- I think will -- the -- Some occurrence in the election yesterday the single most important piece of political -- that we heard yesterday was the numbers on housing.
Collapse of the housing market we've got numbers today.
On new housing starts I think of the lowest since did you say 1969.
Sending a long time -- Incredible I chose.
I think that's the dominant issue.
It's hard to -- in these elections and to get a general.
The message but if you get a sense in the country and again becomes irreversible.
That even if stuff changes slightly between now and Election Day a sense that the economy is really slipping again the market is -- -- down again and again.
That I think is -- actually crush the Democrats.
In November and I think it could be a real wave election like.
The Clinton election and his second year.
And like 1980.
OK a final word here DNC spokesman Brad -- house has responded.
To another network.
About this embarrassing moment of not knowing the democratic candidate and Alaska who is Scott Nick Adams.
Here's what he said.
A lot of people are getting to know Scott make Adams today me included.
And if Miller Joseph will Miller winds up being the nominee and promote stuff like unemployment benefits are unconstitutional.
We like our chances they are more and more.
So it's good to know that you can see spokesman is getting to know.
His candidate that is -- thanks for watching special report on line.
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