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-- -- let's turn out of fox national security analyst KT McFarland -- is no national security posts under presidents Nixon or Reagan.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Fox News contributor John -- Ed Rollins leading Republican strategist Fox News political analyst thank you all for being here KT your response the administration.
To stop at the if the president does not want a conflict in the Middle East before the election why -- very reason you just talked about high gasoline prices.
If there's a crisis in the Middle East if Israel.
As a preemptive bombing raid against Iran.
There are there's very little agreement of how it would this scenario that around -- all but two things.
Automatically happen it becomes a larger war and the United States gets involved what does that mean higher gas prices what does that mean.
A difficult reelection season for present well.
Ambassador Bolton it does this not also.
If indeed president that -- magazine source during -- administration officials.
This means there's an even wider gulf than many people have -- between Israel and the United States on Israel's intentions.
-- Well I think there's little doubt that President Obama.
Is more worry about.
And Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear weapons program -- he is worried about Iran getting the nuclear weapon.
You know about a month ago Defense Secretary Panetta said that if Israel -- -- attack it would be in that April may June timeframe.
That was the first effort by the administration to publicly pressure is rail.
By revealing what their campaign tactic might be their military campaign tactic.
Because they understood their private efforts to pressure Israel not to attack were failing.
I think this -- today is the the second stage of that.
And without commenting on whether it's accurate or not.
I think there's more to come I think the administration is going to try and cripple Israel's ability to strike.
By revealing to Iran as much as it knows about what Israel's efforts gonna look like.
How dangerous -- game is this administration playing.
When it is resorting to these types of tactics.
That the risk is very high you know first told it was clear.
To the Russians that we basically we'll be flexible.
-- -- this is a sign of weakness.
Tells the Israelis that you can't trust the US anymore.
Israelis are best friend and I and the only real democracy in the Middle East so I think.
This lack of leadership and foreign policy in particular and the weakness of this president.
Is going to be a big political issue in this campaign.
And for the is -- at some.
-- -- -- posture going forward.
As your by -- it exposed at least apparently so.
As a helped make of the State of Israel.
That create some interesting problems for them obesity Russia -- as well as Iraq.
Absolutely Ameristar has -- have a relationship Israel cells military equipment towns are profound about a -- and a half hours it was inked last year so they.
Have an ongoing relationship but I think that -- -- it's a really good one that open Mike.
Now what what is that telling you about President Obama what does that say who was he saying this sort of thing to the Syrians and Iranians but more importantly what -- Israel take away from that.
They take away the President Obama are reelected Obama is going to be.
He's gonna have a different policy than he did before the election.
And if he says Israel I've got your back don't worry about it but -- -- -- attack they've got -- really rethink that promise and see how long of -- that.
What is happening here is we're seeing a number of the relationships among the countries in the Middle East their relationships and the United States with China Russia.
Coming into focus here.
It seems unsupported by this administration there's not much in the way of an architecture.
Of interest that has been aligned.
In supported by this administration specifically.
Between the United States and Israel obviously but also.
The other states.
Surrounding Russia and Russia itself.
Well I think the other tip off here is that the that revelation today about the potential Israeli Azerbaijani DL.
Also poses a direct threat to Russia.
This is an intrusion into the near abroad that a new incoming Vladimir Putin presidency and Russia is not gonna like one little bit.
So it gives the -- yet another excuse to try and assert more authority over the former states of the Soviet Union.
It's it's -- -- direction that works in favor of closer Russian -- -- and alignment.
It just seems to me to be completely contrary to America's interest forget Israel for the for the minute it's contrary to American interest.
The bigger Republican front our governor Romney right now having to be extraordinarily careful in his statements.
In making that decision is he correct in being constrained about his criticism of this president whether it is North Korea.
Where there it is Russian relationship with China.
Or or certainly today.
And -- traditionally there's always a consistency in our foreign policy -- -- this president -- six weakness and I think Romney in the course of this campaign.
Is gonna have to point out the differences and point out what kind of president he would be and I think that makes it a gigantic difference the impression this is a presence is -- one.
-- -- around the world apologizing for in the United States is ever done this foreign affairs this -- he cannot be viewed as a strong president anywhere around the world.
And I think to a certain extent the what makes us strong is have a strong national defense which are gonna weaken dramatically as drastic budget cuts were proposing and by the weakness of this press.
The political implications going back to where we began this conversation.
The economic the geo economic implications here.
A -- -- -- -- the the Strait of -- rather -- the Middle East and its -- these -- delicate balances when it comes to the politics of oil.
Absolutely but I think that -- -- -- interesting thing of the aggressiveness now are -- and the and the way they think they've got a relationship.
With Obama that's exactly the way they want it.
-- -- campaign to trashing the United States and Obama that was his campaign.
Theme throughout he's not being reelected and he now has the audacity.
To come -- try to weigh in on the American election were today he said that and the federal Romney for any criticism -- might have a Russia Romney is living in the 1970s.
That's -- first set for Russian to try to influence in American election.
Well and definitely probably support up -- -- candidacy.
And it may be a net positive for governor Romney investor -- always good to have you with us -- our own measurement general -- -- up.
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