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State Clinton today also try to convince lawmakers to stay the course in Afghanistan.
It's become a more difficult sell in the wake of recent comments from president -- Karzai's stating that his country would side with Pakistan and a conflict with the United States.
For more on this we turn to former US ambassador to the United Nations Fox News -- John Bolton John.
Were you surprised the -- I said.
But what he did that he would side with.
Pakistan -- a conflict with the United States.
Well it was to say the least and in politic thing to do maybe he thought since he was not speaking in English that it wouldn't be picked up.
But he's telling the pakistanis obviously what they want to hear -- few weeks ago we had a meeting with the at prime minister of India where basically they agreed on a massive Indian aid program which undoubtedly has the pakistanis very worried.
So as these things go you know he is a politician he's just talking out of both sides is now but it's not something the US government should let go by in private we really real late.
Have to put it to one well.
And putting it to him in this instance doesn't seem to add up -- much he has been now rather -- with his insults to the United States the United States has been rather free -- -- its policy.
And performance and Afghanistan.
And yet there's no resolution it appears -- -- close no closer to resolution.
On all of the conflict -- within.
Afghanistan with the Taliban and with Pakistan itself.
Well that's true and I think it is going to be a long conflict I don't think there's any way around that I think we have made a mistake in thinking that we can help.
Prevail -- that conflict by making Afghanistan the Switzerland of Central Asia that is gonna happen any time soon.
And I don't think we ought to spend a lot of time trying to build up the central government especially under Hamid Karzai I think we've got to be very realistic about what we're up against here.
And I think as you just said it's extremely important understand how much of this conflict.
Depends not on the government of Afghanistan but on the government of Pakistan which is aiding.
Part of it anyway aiding Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Iran remains -- central question of course whether one talks about.
Any one of these countries but certainly in the Middle East.
It is trying to exert significant influence.
Two and -- absolutely.
Hegemonic dominance in the region.
And there is increasing discussion in Washington.
Of a shadow war a Covert war against Iran is such earlier war taking place and -- to what degree is that having any impact.
If -- Well the saudis and Iran is are already engaged in shadow hostilities you've seen the recent Iran and attempt to assassinate.
The Saudi ambassador.
The saudis on US -- On US -- That the saudis are definitely involved in stirring up trouble inside Iran this civil war in Syria.
As a heavy Iran in component to it so it's already begun and when you put -- all that on the table next to the Iran in nuclear weapons program they are a threat to us and our interest in the region.
Senator John McCain raises the idea.
If he does not propose -- -- at least raise the discussion of the idea.
-- -- the United States becoming militarily involved and Syria.
Surely that's beyond the pale.
Well I think it is for me for these reasons.
Under our current commander in chief I have no confidence that we would have a strategy.
And I don't like putting our people in harm's way.
-- in those kinds of circumstances especially given that Iran is on the other side the performance in Libya.
Was nothing to commended it was not a huge success for the United States.
It did not represent the way to deal with these threats in the Middle East.
And finally let me ask you this the united nations Security Council voting to -- the authorization for military action by the end of this month in Libya.
Our role with point does that conclude.
Well it should not mean we should be trying to to help us support pro western leaders but remember under president Obama's theory without Security Council authorization for -- use of military force we're not gonna be involved at least that respect so I don't know what it tells us really -- American policy and it's a bad.
There's always ambassador good to have you -- thanks for being.
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