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Tuesday joining me now KT McFarland who's held national security post under presidents Nixon Ford and Reagan.
And his -- national security him it's good to have you with skin care.
First let's go to the breaking news the announcement that the president Wednesday -- -- what appears to be.
-- highly accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
You can -- -- the fine print and he's wants is -- gave it to so he's making the announcement but he's going to have this accelerated withdrawal but they're not going to withdraw until after the election.
So then he's going he's been a brother appease the anti war community and say -- I'm getting out of Afghanistan.
-- he's telling the other guys see I'm staying.
There is an anti war community.
The anti war -- has been absolutely silent.
-- the -- thing about whether it's Libya or Afghanistan or -- or Yemen or Pakistan.
Is the anti war community which normally would be drawing up articles of impeachment.
Over Libya for example of this have been President Bush they're silent about it now who are they joined by.
But that far right of the Republican Party the neo cons who say never saw war I didn't want to fight and so you have this odd position endorsing Obama.
And would you call senator Lindsey Graham and Senator John McCain neo cons.
After the end of the day and coming up on the same weekend.
Saying that they are with this president and account and will under no circumstances tolerate the House of Representatives in any way interfering -- there.
War you know you really you pointed this out months ago where you said there was going to be a split in the Republican Party.
That you could see this sort of fiscal conservatives the realist the service.
Henry Kissinger Ronald Reagan school that we're going to be far more prudent about military engagement and and a little bit more realistic -- -- can accomplish.
-- the neo cons who have said we want to be in Afghanistan we're going to be there at least until 2014.
Map beyond we want to actually probably stick around a little bit and Iraq.
We should go and maybe potentially boots on the ground to get Qaddafi and Libya -- Federer it's Federer.
These wars continue to mile you know.
-- conflict that we've been wagering -- great discussion was taking place over.
The at least -- our consciousness at least was focused on Libya and even though we did not have.
Anything approaching approval of congress and then I mean this administration has moved white ears beyond what anyone would have anticipated of.
An anti war candidate -- -- insurers ferry trigger happy I think for an anti war candidate.
If you look.
You know what's he trying to accomplish and and what are the -- -- -- step back and any foreign policy discussions that order America's vital interest what what can we not live with now.
And in the Middle East I don't think it's slipping I think what we can't live without Middle East is the free flow borrow at a reasonable price what does that mean.
Saudi Arabia the Strait of Hormuz the free flow -- through the Persian gulf the other thing is we have a commitment to Israel.
When you talk about Libya -- others in -- important absolutely but are they vital American interest and are they distracting mess and wearing us out.
And spending in our resource is -- when we get to those crises we won't have anything left.
It's clear that these protracted conflicts and -- the retirement Yemen -- -- were talking about Afghanistan there are.
So -- Pakistan.
The idea that this country can continue to emerge without effect on its on its superpower status in the world.
Is naive is a -- Absolutely because -- countries you know look we can't seem to get rid of a tin pot dictator and in Libya.
What does that message -- all the other dictators in the Middle East gee I'm not gonna walk away quietly and presently because I could get arrested by could be tried.
I could be executed like Mubarak maybe I'm gonna do what capacity if I'm gonna hang -- I think that the other thing is that.
There's a chance -- the paper tiger in America why worked for Reagan.
-- wasn't shy about using force but he didn't get a warrantless who's gonna win that war and he wasn't prepared to do what it took to win it he wouldn't comment.
And he kept desire and the main event which was to take down the Soviet Union.
Not get distracted by the Libby is the yemen's that center.
It makes one curious what the Chinese main event might be is they view the globe.
They have very alert and --
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