Tensions Continue to Mount in Syria, Egypt
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan on the state of the Middle-East relations.
- Duration 7:57
- Date Jan 31, 2013
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan on the state of the Middle-East relations.
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Morning I'm man nice -- with -- as always sir and congratulations.
Thank you sir I'm a lucky man I I -- married arguably the most beautiful woman North Carolina has ever produced a month ago today.
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Loves -- country just did you and I do I meant so thank you for congratulating me and -- I know she's watching right now so I couldn't be prouder.
This is your first marriage room.
No -- man I've been married a couple times before unfortunately in the you know I have I have of the utmost regard for people who were able to get married and maintain -- maintain -- forever but I have a couple of ex wives and I'm I'm good friends were both up again along -- -- -- but.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I'm -- I'm and it it you know -- chasing you in terms of age so I don't have a lot of time left I know you know what I'm talking about so I better make it work this time.
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The Israelis bomb missourians LaMont become more than -- right.
The news is gonna probably evolve on that thing you know well we all know the Israelis and certainly the US and others have been watching Syria the biggest issue in Syria.
I -- -- those chemical weapons we've known forever that aside Adam.
And we've all been watching to see what he was gonna do with them when now wherever the movement of perhaps some of those chemical weapons may have been what prompted the Israelis to run a strike.
-- expect the news all kind of role on that out on that over the next few days but it was probably something significant that they were going after wanted to renew gonna do.
A lot as I'm in I'm I'm very confident that we've got extremely good intelligence on everybody except Israel.
And that's it there's but there's a possibility always that they would have let the United States -- know at the last minute.
And they'd rather have that happen -- got a surprise us do so.
Probably some classified traffic back and forth saying we're getting ready to -- keep an eye out don't don't worry we're not gonna do anything we shouldn't be doing.
But we gotta go after something that's endangered all of -- -- and -- something larger of the term.
I don't know how -- -- man because there's so much going on already I don't think it -- any other international players.
That wanna get directly involved the Russians are gonna like what happened the Chinese are probably gonna -- a little bit about it.
But but most of our NATO allies along with us are watching carefully what's happening.
And again that we don't know what's gonna happen with all the various factions fighting against -- and there are a lot of factions.
Some a little bit aligned with us some not aligned with those at all which is one of the issues.
And other regional leaders have there but I don't think anybody else is gonna play at this point they're just in less aside.
Steps up and actually uses chemical weapons he says he's not going to.
Question -- is how much control does he have over him there's no question that the fighting is -- and there are a lot of Syrians.
Warning independents are rising up and dying to try to get there.
Aside threatened so who knows crises are reports that -- may lasts along time I see other reports -- he may not last a long time.
He always needs to be looking over his shoulder worried about being assassinated.
And we haven't seen I'm in which often happens other countries saying okay.
You're you're welcome to come here will make sure you have immunity for all the things that you and your regime.
Have done wrong but that hasn't quite happened yet so maybe it will at some point maybe you'll get up and get out of town.
And then a lot of more fighting will go along well people try to decide who's ultimately going to be in charge for mass and look at look at region now.
I know I'm Danielle did you just year -- -- we've got devoted Muslim Brotherhood in the demonstrations in the streets in the Mubarak out actually two years ago.
And and here we are coming back to a point where many of the people who fought for the revolution who wondered Mubarak out.
Are now very upset that the current leaders Moore C and others are really try to impose an Islamic state of up on them.
And that's really what they were fighting against they want real honest democracy so he -- got a long ways to go I think the worst thing that we face.
In the current Egypt is that the Gaza southern Israel.
The border down there isn't as secure as it used to be Israel's -- always be watching down there for the continued.
Movement of weapons and arms and different things in the Gaza that -- the Palestinians will use against Israel.
Talk cause hello lieutenant colonel built on spent three -- after the journals.
Vietnam -- -- Kong which I don't triple I didn't until.
-- -- out of it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Not I don't wanna fly hearts out at which is I retire -- No I -- no it doesn't wanna apply harsh.
They would make -- broaden the field.
I've been able to -- nuclear onetime their camp talent -- live off the land for two weeks.
I said -- -- and now so we're Teradata where we bribes from Gaza and we're right near Oceanside California that are.
Still area so we got people are going to I was in Riyadh -- the next day.
There are some guys are just kill around the city -- Analyst at guys I'm and you -- listed guys always found a way around us oil Oreo regularly and -- Well.
-- problem like Senator John Kerry about it -- general.
-- That why would anybody want a -- secretary of state now.
You know it's all about ego -- man I mean I don't think at the end of the day any of really care about what's going on around the world it's.
How they can put something big on their resonate here you're right I'm and I have very little respect for carrying.
And I do because I'm a Vietnam vet and I really blame him for a lot of stereo -- that Vietnam vets suffered.
Quickly not not -- -- anyone -- about but you know two million over two million Americans fought in Vietnam the vast majority fought on verbally.
Did the right thing bought for their country and -- really laid late stuff out there in.
Seventies it made all of us look bad the media love that -- the American public has bought into it forever so.
Going back to your original question I don't know why anybody would want to do anything in politics in Washington DC.
Whether their elected or appointed I -- because it's hard to really get anything done.
You have to look around this town and I've been here for a long time you gotta look real hard to find people who are here because they really love their country and they wanna do the right thing at the end of the day most them.
Have some kind of personal involvement -- becomes more important than anything else.
I was kinda felt you know carried -- 49 years in the senate it's hard to go back and find any really stellar achievements.
He just kind of floated along the canal with a roast -- of them.
Your loved her and did not mind -- it job -- -- Well you know -- Goliath I feel a little bit differently and I know people are gonna go after him but I respect I I absolutely respect his time in Vietnam.
As enlisted man infantry -- wounded a number of times I've met senator hagel in the past there's people who are gonna go after him but I -- felt that he was pretty balanced.
People are gonna go after and that the Israeli lobby is gonna laughter and perhaps maybe not totally set things against Israel so may have a lot of other people.
But I I don't think hagel is a bad -- and I do think that beyond hagel there's somebody they got waiting in the wings is the worst choice and I won't mention her name.
The worst choice -- the military or the Defense Department could ever hope for so.
I'm hopeful that senator Eagles gonna get approved it may be a little bit tough but I think he'll do did you turn to nine about -- super ball.
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