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It's business -- -- countdown to the pull out a little more than an hour the president's expected to tell the nation.
Says that he is beginning that withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan although it might not be as many and it won't be as fast.
As -- would like I think they're doing about.
This year -- maybe it'll be double that next year at this time.
Hard to say we'll get the firm words in the president in -- more than our count former army undersecretary Joseph -- happy.
If the troop strength remains.
Kind of where it it is right I mean your big concern.
Secretary is what that we we overdo it now.
All I'm fine -- arm.
The pull out that I think is going to be announced that 101000 troops we've got that'll leave.
Ninety -- and boots on the ground special ops.
In air force.
And that's three times what what President Bush had on the ground and so I'm perfectly comfortable with the 101000.
I'm very uncomfortable when he pre announced all out kind of broadcast.
It would be a -- incredible.
Gift to the -- Down by that is telegraph figure letting them sort of wait for those that the troop draw down so what -- you want a year out of him tonight.
-- to alleviate those concerns.
Well it what what we don't want to hear.
-- -- -- outside don't wanna hear -- political expedience.
And taken away -- The flexibility of the commander.
The commanders -- 9000 -- have got more than enough assets there to deal with -- -- a bomb threat we've eliminated.
Osama bin Laden and I think we've eliminated.
At least for the -- time future al-Qaeda.
Being there in Afghanistan as a training training ground.
I don't want to hear any promises.
Preordained about what we're gonna do as of election time in 2012.
But isn't it fairly inevitable sort of -- that.
Come election time we will be seeing that down and that will be.
I don't know any Democrats -- to put this political capital for the president.
Well it's political capital.
You know what if the recent Ford is that we've done our job we've established stability -- It's up to Afghanistan and the Afghans.
To bring about -- long term.
Tranquility and peace and stability there and that that nation.
But we give them stability.
And their troops -- building up in training every single day it's perfectly -- a plot I just don't wanna see it as part of the the dialogue.
That dialogue the political.
How long do you think this goes on you know you've heard all the -- -- about war fatigue in this country I even talked to.
I'm a -- earlier today a -- -- son in Iraq who could sympathize with this war fatigue.
And that if it does.
Drag on much longer.
It's going to root translates -- zero support what what do you make of that.
Well he court she got war for -- -- here in the US.
It is very costly.
You've got work to -- there and Afghanistan but look this we're going on ten years now since 9/11.
We have eliminated.
Osama bin Laden we've destroyed al-Qaeda.
Is that -- basically in Afghanistan it does.
Function but but that's my points that's -- that's -- because but because -- -- taking him with some of -- a lot of people are gonna mistake.
That well that there and then our whole purpose of originally going into Afghanistan.
To to -- get the Taliban and and to go after al-Qaeda nefarious elements include it was -- -- Mission accomplished.
Well I'd say mission is accomplished when we give the Afghan so reasonable stable reasonably stable basis to proceed forward because.
Hey -- they they can come right back if we leave minutes it's complete chaos there.
So mission a mission has been advanced measure Blake.
Both administrations the path administration in the current administration.
Not finished yet.
I'm finally we are involved in a lot of they're since directions and incentives -- noble causes what we're doing in Libya what else.
We are spread kind of fan and I'm I'm wondering whether the president should address that and and separate Afghanistan from the.
Well you know.
We are spread then it's a very good.
I think any time our values are at stake we should deploy -- political diplomatic economic.
Assets never military.
And that's we have a national interest at stake.
We have a national interest at stake and pulling out of Afghanistan in a way that sends a message should not only -- to tell abounds and al-Qaeda terrorists and whatnot.
But anybody else so when you when United States of America come somewhere.
And they they don't leave job unfinished.
We leave in a way that's respectable and gives fighting chance to the people that we keep -- -- to deal with.
All right secretary thank you -- very much Joseph -- Former army undersecretary joining us.
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