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France Leon Panetta talking top.
About -- nuclear ambitions on sixty minutes last night for more on Iran Iraq the president's defense budget.
We welcome fox national security analyst KT McFarland KT holding national security post under presidents Nixon or Reagan -- -- great Kantor has bearded.
But let's start with the nothing's off the table I have to -- I get so tired of hearing any US government officials say.
All options are on the table nothing's off the table.
What is he saying that we -- that were contemplating war.
Against Iran -- what he's saying is that right now we have two options that he sees bomb Iran.
Which ignites a regional war which causes Havoc in the oil markets.
Or let Iran get the bomb and that frankly is even worse because that's a nuclear armed Iran.
That's a nuclear arms race in the single most dangerous part of the world and what does that mean.
The next war in the Middle East -- this -- is another war in the middle least the next -- -- the Middle East could well have nuclear weapons.
And so what is the course here I mean the idea that this administration like the administration's for the previous 56 years and saying.
That Iran is getting the bomb there a year away from having the bomb six months from having the -- The bomb I mean what.
Americans are tired -- hearing that yeah.
Well you know what I mean just because it cry wolf every year doesn't -- that there's no -- and in this case the wolf there's Iran's nuclear weapons program and indeed I do think 2012.
Is the year reckoning now.
Byword for Henry Kissinger he always insisted that you give three options to the president.
We only have two options so they're on bomb around letter arrived at the we need that third option which is a non military action but I think we now for the first time half.
And because we could cut off the Iranian oil supply to the world Iran goes bankrupt without those oil revenues.
We have alternate sources of energy we've just seen me about his sources -- United States the saudis have said they'll pump more oil to compensate for the loss.
A reining in -- was editor -- precious to Eric and at that point the Iranians are just like the Soviet Union was in nineteen in the late 1980s.
Speaking in the Soviet Union making that decision and creating a blockade if you will an embargo against their exports to Europe.
In particular that kids and Russia an even greater fulcrum.
Geo politically because they provide so much of the natural gas to Europe.
We're talking about improving relations with a country right now that so there's great there's great tension between that your.
Yes absolutely -- I went back and looked at Putin's doctoral thesis of Moscow University.
He talked about what he would do with Russia how Russia would regain its position in the world he said that we were done -- by those high.
So -- low oil prices and -- we are gonna -- claim our position by selling natural gas to Europe and that's exactly what he's done in -- absolutely right.
And -- is we look at the other issues in the region.
Our representatives -- region.
None of this is moving in the direction -- I think at least initially the first first examination certainly that pleases the administration.
Right and I think you'll start seeing as we come up to deadlines by the end of the summer and early -- those things are gonna go badly.
-- try to accelerate withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Ultimately we have to -- way out of there.
Iraq as you just pointed out is not that I think you'll start seeing hostage taking in -- inner.
In Iraq because there -- a lot of NGOs -- but they're no longer protected by troops.
And then -- -- no I'm not gonna get a good -- workers and they're not protected and then in chips supposedly -- great friend we were so excited when the Egyptian -- Arab Spring and that further during the taking American potentially hostages.
I think we help in dispelling the notion that we were Powell's -- now we were this president decided to demand.
-- Mubarak's resignation resignation.
Well you know you create a vacuum of power vacuum in a country that for over 5000 years.
Has been -- by pharaohs and dictators and kings don't expect democracy to spring up overnight.
And that's exactly what's happened -- honestly places dictators may be even worse it's chief he's a little note to the Obama administration -- made up up up.
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