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-- -- Returning to the president's trip to Berlin the president refused to specify the exact nature of new military aid to Syrian rebels.
Saying reports suggesting the United States is heading into a new war.
Or -- he put it over crank that's his work.
Joining me now former pentagon official -- there's national security analysts KT McFarland.
General David grange retired US army brigadier general former commander of the first infantry division combat veteran action in Vietnam Grenada.
Yugoslavia and Iraq good to have you both with -- special what let me start.
With the president's performance in Berlin today.
It was as if I could hear -- -- Around the globe as the president spoke.
-- -- ever shrinking Obama presidency you know -- is where presidents go to make great historic speeches John F.
And now Barack Obama and there was not a hair it was just a lot of platitudes the only things that of any significance.
Well I think he's going to unilaterally.
Cut US nuclear forces and then hopefully negotiate with the Russians so maybe I'll cut their nuclear arsenal I think for that.
Well I think it has to be a tradeoff if you're gonna reduce nuclear force.
What if it's done in -- may be okay to do that as long as three conditions are maintained.
One is that you maintain a very robust modernized defensive.
Nuclear capability missile missile shield.
For yourself and your allies and the other is that you maintain air sea and land attack capability.
That's modernize to include.
Advanced bunker busting type subterranean and munitions and others that are needed in today's modern battlefield -- that.
Those that you think you're gonna move into in the future but those conditions are met then a third reduction may not matter.
Possible reduction but the Russians immediately -- dismissed it because of the president's own.
Our initiative in building US missile defenses they've had it can't be taken seriously.
This sounds like a non starter.
And that the president might be well served not to negotiate with the Russians since they're not interest what -- Have always thought start out with new missile defenses are sort of sore pocket and it really makes them -- -- around -- dead.
When President Reagan tried in talk about Star Wars we want him to stop the star -- system ultimately our insistence on it was probably what.
Broke the camel's back in the descendants from collapse of the Soviet Union so that's their -- sticking point.
Whether -- going to be able to negotiate with Russians and the body language between Clinton and Obama just as can't -- stand to be in the same room.
The idea that President Obama can just move support for the Syrians some now it amounts to about 800 million dollars.
More than half of that are committed in the last.
Two months of what has been mate whose year long now so -- war.
I've where are we headed with this what are your thoughts.
As the president obviously wants to advance in some ways US involvement.
In the conflict.
Well you know you have you have three choices do nothing.
And I don't think the United States -- Americans in that position to make that choice is support to current regime which we cannot do obviously.
Because of brutality of it in the supporter of the regime.
In particular -- -- or you support the insurgent groups.
The trouble with them -- supporting insurgent groups -- which groups they're moderates and there are extremists.
And so when you make that choice.
By you have to live with the consequences after the fight so -- the regime falls on those -- those groups gonna turn on you.
And that's the second -- affecting the risk analysis it's very tough.
But I know what I would do but that's and that would be -- to support moderate insurgent groups.
The problem with that.
Is a moderate insurgent groups are by far that the minority there of at least well -- their -- well organized.
And they -- the least powerful and I was just I just spent a week in his room and was on that Syrian border with the rebel forces are fighting.
The series races at this point.
I think it's a choice between.
As a general said the aside government that chemical weapons using murderous aside government.
Or the rebels and the rebels are for the most part al-Qaeda affiliated so.
At this point if you got to enemies fighting each other trying to kill each other don't think the United States needs to get in the middle of -- -- Let me -- -- -- ball.
And the audience the latest.
The latest Fox News -- and it I think it has a surprise for President Obama.
And for -- -- many people.
According to our latest Fox News poll.
Most disagree with President Obama and say that the war on terrorism is not over.
And I'm not talking about -- small.
Majority which are about 77%.
Consider the war on terror as being on going and a top priority.
The United States and taking military action in this instance 72%.
Say take military action.
But 7% oppose taking action in Syria.
Say they support the United States taking military action against Iran.
To prevent it from getting nukes.
The point being.
That the focus of US interest there is Iran.
And that could be a colossal disaster but it not.
For the United States to forget where its interest is focus general.
Well no I I agree with that -- and it's again it's a tough decision on risk analysis.
But military support comes a lot of different.
Options it's not just weapons I mean it's a lot of command control communication medical -- -- And he can do a lot of stuff not only overtly but overly which we probably are.
And we should and anti gay can be against Hezbollah groups -- Be against.
Surrogate who trainers from Iran there's a lot of ways to do this and it's I think people pick up the pressure.
But you you do it very finely targeted actions.
You people -- sort or nuclear weapons in Iran is going to be the defining issue of Obama's presence thing so far hasn't happened.
Kitty thank you very much Dave grange thank you general we appreciate.
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