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President Obama's on the verge of making a major decision about the future of the war in Afghanistan.
As he weighs whether or not to send more troops to the region it is a complicated decision with implications.
Not only for Afghanistan and the U west but also Iran Israel and the entire Middle East.
Congressman -- -- act as a retired navy admiral and member of the house armed services committee he joins us now live from Philadelphia congressman thank you three time today you'd be back.
Tell us about this deliberation the president has said he would be -- skeptical audience he's getting some criticism for not making a quick decision hasn't worked through this process.
There are a series of meetings that will be conducted by General Jones is that security advisor -- who bring in the military hand as important.
The state and other types of diplomats that need to give their opinion of how will our approach affect our overall national security.
But I want to know Shannon that I believe that if we actually establish the correct goal which is not Afghanistan.
It's the eradication of these safe haven the al-Qaeda.
In Pakistan because little longer and Afghanistan.
-- I can support a measure to increase as long as that's what the goal is -- exit strategy.
-- gives us benchmarks for measuring success or failure.
Because this cannot be an open ended commitment so that we can leave behind in Afghanistan as we eventually redeploy the conditions for the probability al-Qaeda can't move back there.
We knew about General McChrystal assessment of the situation there we know that he wants more troops.
He sat down enough the president again this week companies also talked publicly about this issue you are a decades experienced -- military man yourself.
I'm what do you make of General McChrystal public statements about this issue.
Is gonna help or hurt his case.
I think it will do neither our president's a strong individual whose commander in chief he will do I believe his most sacred duty make a decision.
-- what's best for the security.
But I think General McChrystal -- all souls going.
Just about as far as he should and being candid.
With as a military officers saying what he believes beyond what he's done he shouldn't go further to the final deliberations.
-- I was on the ground very early.
In Afghanistan because I hear the news editors human.
We would do in the war right at the beginning and a tragic misadventure Iraq took our -- off the ball the key here is as senator Levin has recommended we could not.
And I disagree with him.
Rely upon Afghanistan military or police to be trained quickly enough because Afghanistan has gone so southward.
Spiral downward so badly.
For them to bring it up by the bootstraps that -- then turn it over we must do that enough.
As we train them to take it over that's why I think done McChrystal approach with a new strategy.
And measured new strategies to crack.
Do you think the fact that the election they are still unsettled with respect to Hamid Karzai.
Is factoring into this stability or lack of it at all there in the country.
I think it is they're cognizant of of the be quite frank I think how the central government evolves could be important but won't.
I say that because it's too corrupt.
And I think the counterinsurgency strategy that I've ran a General McChrystal is correctly focused upon local provincial government entities even warlords and.
Because there's only about 20000 Taliban in Afghanistan.
And 70% of them there.
Are are there equity the CIA for a wage what took about 6000 hard bitten troops against us and so.
Neutralizing them and letting the local provincial warlords and others which we didn't want to do six years ago but it's too late to go back to what we wanted to do nation building -- seasonal.
Letting them assume some areas of stability.
With -- nothing economic.
Activity that they won't invite al-Qaeda back again nor the radical Al -- -- that's really the new goal as far as governmental support governmental control.
Congressman just -- -- thank you for your time today sir thanks for have mission.
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