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President signaled to the nation he would begin a draw down US troops in Afghanistan.
But his goal doesn't match up with the Pentagon.
When a president and his generals disagree like this.
Is there ever a good outcome syndicate syndicated columnist and foreign policy expert Eric Margolis joins me now Eric.
Welcome back to freedom -- thank you always a pleasure do you think the president is actually going to go through.
With these troop draw downs.
That he talked about earlier in the week.
I think he will but there's a lot of conflicting evidence that shells are being moved around in the -- says.
Some troops will be drawn down.
There what about the 100000 US contractors.
In Afghanistan who Emanuel or or mercenaries and should call them.
What about the CI AEA adding him -- local mercenary forces.
And special operations.
Running around the neighborhood so.
And what -- the fact that the US is building the world's biggest most expensive embassies in Kabul and Islamabad.
Right right all right Eric take a listen -- this.
But then I would wait for my generals on the commander in chief -- make the decisions I tell the generals what to do not bring them home as quickly as possible.
Cannot get a lot of Iraq as well.
Ron Paul in the -- Republican debate in New Hampshire.
Two weeks ago.
Do you agree does the president listened to the general sort of the journalists listen to the president on the great admirer of mr.
Paul doctor Paul I agree with him he's writing speaking.
End of the right way for America.
In the sense that we have precedence of presidents who were opposed by generals.
A president Truman and they made the right to decisions they fired the generals and they did and impose civilian control.
Is 5000 here and 101000 there enough to please the liberal base.
And to defuse this growing sentiment in the Republican Party.
I don't we don't need 50000 in Iraq and a 150000.
In Afghanistan stated differently is the president picking a political.
Rather than an economic or a military number.
Yes he is certainly and and it's pretty evidence as well -- -- because of this conflicting evidence of strengthening with one hand -- drawing down with the other.
There's talk that there will be more troops sent to specialists as antiterrorist.
Forces re branding them.
There be no more American troops kept in the region as -- -- pulling out of Iraq but they're being kept right next door in Kuwait.
So we we really don't know what's happening.
Do you think that some of his advisors are pressing him because of their keynesian.
That war actually helps the economy because of forces the government of -- military hardware and and spend money and destroyed things and then rebuild them if they except that argument.
Well they yes apparently I heard chairman Ben Bernanke of the of the Fed.
Say that one of the reasons the economy was slow was because of the lack of military orders coming in and cut back.
There's no doubt that that military binds.
Supports the economy but look.
We're up to our ears -- -- in the United States due to military spending and that we have to cut off it's now.
How about that Saddam Hussein is dead the government does is say -- -- a democratically elected government as democratically as anything in.
In the Middle East could be -- Osama bin Laden is dead that we need a 150000.
Troops in Afghanistan still looking for him -- looking for hundred of his supporters.
No I've been saying that our addiction to war our addiction to debts are undermining America's economy which is the heart of dollar's strength.
And look what's happening now.
Well we spend all these trillions of the all of these two wars in Iraq and against the land -- caused this to drill trillion dollars very shortly.
The Chinese are investing in new production high technology roads railroads airplanes you name and buying friends around the world and some of their investments are here Eric Margolis at the pleasure thank you for joining us.
A growing up.
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