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I just a short time ago President Obama announced that 30000 additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan and that decision.
Is not sitting well with some members of his own party let's take a look.
I'm terribly concerned about this give the president chance to.
Articulate his views but I think the group of us here and many others will be taking action if in fact the decision has been made to greatly increase the troops now here.
Unfortunately if -- reports are true.
I believe these -- -- conclusion.
More US troops to Afghanistan.
Will make it 34000.
To extricate herself from this rooms.
Now other Democrats have come out in defense of the president's announcement and here now to give us his take is democratic congressman Joseph -- that Edison John earlier I apologize -- congressman thanks for being with us.
I I'll even hear the president's speech Gallup has a survey and what they found is that Obama's approval on Afghanistan is at 35%.
Which is down from 49% in September 56% in July -- Why do you think because -- been such a dramatic decline in his approval rating on this.
This war in Afghanistan.
Has gone on for eight years what most chilled me was when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff two years ago said.
And I -- we do what we must.
In Afghanistan we do what we can this president was dealt a very weak hand and Sean we have to -- to admit that.
I this isn't a top -- but he's.
I'm still come -- said -- is congressman he's been president eleven months why is the public that this is the Gallup organization.
Why has his approval rating on Afghanistan declined so dramatically is it in large part because he couldn't make a decision for three months on the issue.
-- absolutely not.
Absolutely not Sean look.
I was on the ground in Afghanistan -- -- headed the navy's anti terrorism unit I worked in the White House is directed defense policy President Clinton there is no more important decision.
The placement sons and daughters that I led -- to combat into harm's way I guess now double the amount of our troops there.
We could not fight during the wintertime believe there and you know that -- but when it's this spring offensive that we must be ready for the reality yeah.
He -- he has accelerated our troops react line I think this president has done it well.
-- but but the reality is the decline in its popularity the dramatic decline coincides.
With the time the General McChrystal asked for the additional troops.
Which he could make a decision on the let me ask you this question.
The Washington Times has an article this week about the rules of engagement.
And they are saying the rules from interviews of US forces tell me if you think this is a proper way to fight a war.
That there will be no night or surprise searches this what the troops are saying the rules are villagers have to be warned prior to searches.
US soldiers may not fire on the enemy -- less the enemy is preparing to fire first I don't know how you determine that.
US forces could not engage the enemy of civilians are present and troops can fire at an insurgent.
If they catch them placing an IED but not if they're leaving the site of where they just placed one.
Now you're a former soldier.
To those those what did those sounds like the rules of war that you can actually used to win that sounds like it you -- what tying the hands of our troops.
May I ask you Sean would be validated rules of engagement that the Pentagon has said they actually are the rules over there when I was on the ground they -- Now let me understand who validated that these are actually the ruling -- -- army captain Casey story he said it's a framework to ensure cultural sensitivity implanting.
And the execution of operations and have been multiple media reports that confirm that these rules exist.
You saying that in fact that these soldiers that are quoted a -- It -- talk with anyone in the military -- never heard of these rules of engagement.
Do I believe that we want to make sure that what I went into Afghanistan for initially and I had a report directly backed mr.
That I was part of my mission there was to find out why the rules of engagement.
We're causing undue civilian losses now if we are tightening up those rules so that we're able to also -- al-Qaeda.
Exterminate the Taliban that -- very radical but not.
Are to exterminate the support from civilians then I'm supportive of those but those are not the rules that are out there.
That -- aware harp about it let me ask you one last question you we are going to challenge no Arlen Specter.
In -- primary so we hear him man apparently came out opposing the president's plan tonight.
And I wanted to get your reaction will that be a part of the campaign that goes on in the primary.
Well you've talked about polls.
If this president.
Or anyone is making their decision.
About polls are trying to keep their jobs.
That's not the kind of senator you want we've watched our -- switching on public option.
We've watched and switch on card check we've watched and switched on defense of marriage act.
Act he gave his vote to President Bush for that tragic misadventure and I Iraq I don't know where he's coming from my age.
He was this what's important for America's security and this president.
Has made it very tough decision.
Which is the right decision -- -- we got to run very supportive of that but it sounds like you're saying you you admire president that doesn't go by the polls I guess that's a lot of admiration for George Bush because that's kind of how he -- the war.
He went according to -- self conscious friends hands with George Bush -- -- -- -- I now cannot respond to any other war plan.
We cannot respond any other war plan and arsenal because of -- -- run this adventure I left but his surge worked.
And -- surge was successful and a lot of Democrats opposed it but I have got to run what caution on that's the key question.
Even it were assessed the cost for what would it cost of the lowest level -- -- -- loss won't cost that if we lost.
The cost is that we cannot have an army has done any training for almost four years and they've -- accountable and certainly got a run what's the cost you an army that's really good.
Thank you when we come.
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