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Ready in the country.
President Obama in a letter to congress as those troops will remain until as he put the security situation.
Become such that they are no longer needed.
Joining us tonight general Jack -- retired four star army general former.
Army vice chief of staff Fox News military analyst general thanks for being with -- -- I should point out.
The general was kind enough to to be a very late in London were delighted.
To have you with -- Let's quite a video of let's turn to first thing in the troops in and Jordan.
Is it your sense that this is say they force is going to be augmented.
That is that we're going to be raising the number of troops in that region.
Over the weeks and months ahead.
Well I think it's only has the potential for that as our involvement begins to increase.
In Syria so we have very large concerns about Jordan as you as you well know Lou right.
There's a major refugee problem in Jordan is on -- in the country itself.
And many feel that Jordan is just months away from serious issues.
Themselves so the -- mission.
Primarily is through right now is is that facilitate the trading of some rebels that they've been doing and in Jordan.
Also a whole new organization with the the refugee challenges.
And so -- to be prepared.
As we expand our role inside of of Syria not not the case that they would go on the ground in Syria but they would help facilitate.
Support for rebels inside a -- As it appears the administration.
Is -- starting to.
-- build up.
A contingency force it is giving every signal it seems at this point no matter how low key.
That Barry is an intent to intervene in the Syrian Sobel war.
All right is this in your judgment.
An appropriate direction for US strategy in the region and how likely is it in your view again.
That we're going to engage with Iraq.
Well quite frankly I -- strong films that we should have been involved in in -- Syria.
Uprising right from the outset in trying to assist a moderate rebels who were trying to depose.
-- a repressive regime dictated to be sure people -- -- their -- to do that I'm not suggesting that we do that any place that happens in the world.
But I do believe our national interest are at stake in the Middle East in terms of stability.
And also coloring and most importantly.
-- -- and influence which is seeking hegemony and the beginning with by establishing a -- -- of influence in Lebanon Syria.
And Iraq and Syria means everything to be running and -- that's why they're -- and so yes I do believe one.
We should arm the rebels with the weapons they desperately need we have vetted.
Lou rebel groups through the CIA do we have some confidence we can do this without these weapons -- -- into.
It's a radical islamists hands is always said risks to be sure but I think it's a risk that's prudent that we can take.
The second thing is I do believe that we should shut down.
-- -- airpower which is what has enabled him to gain the momentum he had us.
That means shutting down its airfields.
Is airplanes -- -- -- that support air operations as fuel sources of supplies etc.
We can do that using cruise missiles and B two stealth bombers -- -- having to deal with his integrated air defense system I think those.
Reasonable approaches that would change the -- no momentum in Syria rather dramatically.
And put it back in the hands of the rebels.
Right now we're heading towards a regional war that it is spilling over an eleven on next so spill over into into Jordan and that's something we clearly do not want.
And here at home the White House -- absolutely engulfed in scandal.
Has now of course the leaker.
Edwards known who has.
Turned over secrets.
General Keith Alexander said the damage is serious and our way in substantial.
Today the Justice Department filing espionage charges against -- -- he will no longer be called a bleaker.
He is now.
-- charged with espionage.
What is your judgment about the way in which the president has defended.
General in general Alexander has appear before congress the last.
The last hearing with the the House Intelligence Committee.
It seemed that the voices there are had reduce their volume were far more as I said at the time.
Far more mature in their questioning if you will that they understood the general -- is one of those standing between us and our enemies rather than.
Being the person who should be the focal point of their criticism.
And political attacks.
No absolutely Lou having Alexander.
Is the most accomplished intelligence officer I've ever had the privilege to know.
I work with them.
Are close to -- years and the he's quite remarkable brilliant on pretentious.
And clearly has the interest of the country.
At -- it's no accident he's been in that job as long as he -- these voluntarily leaving after eight years and only one on -- stay on longer.
To the point here.
Is is that his credibility is significant and I think as more members of congress truly.
Bodies of what this program is what it how would does protect us but also.
The protections that are in the program.
About -- American people's privacy.
As more congressmen and senators.
Gain net appreciation I believe the support will continue to grow there's no doubt in my mind that these programs will continue I do not see.
The congress even modify and these programs because.
Lou they are so critical to our security -- dealing with an invisible enemy out there that does not gather in large groups it's got no army has -- navy.
Has no air force it -- tax us using a weapon of surprise primarily.
And the attacks are against innocent civilians.
Even human intelligence.
Doesn't it is not very helpful -- -- -- surveillance we get some information.
But the overwhelming amount of valuable intelligence that means intelligence upon which we can take actions.
Comes from electronic surveillance which means we've listened to the phone conversations.
We connect the dots with who they're talking to and figure out who's in the network.
And we read.
There email traffic.
-- they have with each other and and members outside the network it is essential to do that.
If we're going to be successful with them and we have been -- quite successful using those techniques.
General Jack came as Lawrence thank you for being with us -- good talking to you and thanks for staying up so late.
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