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The White House today vowing to take its time deciding whether to freeze aid to Egypt while avoiding the label of a military -- This is the Pentagon has moved ahead with plans to send or more F sixteen fighter jets do the Egyptian military.
Joining us now -- general David grange.
Former army brigadier general former commander the first infantry division's along -- Many more rescissions prominent commands general right hand -- -- Let's -- but let's start with the idea that the the United States.
Senator John McCain a military man saying that the United States should cut off -- to Egypt your thoughts.
Well historically Egypt.
There's rural Greece.
Turkey have received the bulk of the aid the -- -- for them for the military.
But in this case I think with the changing dynamics.
In this area and Egypt is a very important country and the Middle East and North Africa.
I think depriving a good idea to maybe commit the -- but don't provide it.
Until the dust settles in -- sorted out and away Ford -- what type of government how they treat to people and their place in the region.
The the the government the interim government bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood we do not know whether at the -- -- the insistence of the Obama administration.
But we do know that.
That Saudi Arabia.
Among others providing substantial aid to the egyptians.
With the fall of the Morrissey government.
Do you use -- do you look upon that development as a positive one not only for Egypt itself -- time when it desperately needs that that money.
But also for the region.
-- I believe is positive as positive because it's good to have the Arab states the other the other regional.
Countries that can provide the ability to provide funding.
To do so when relieve the burden on the United States and some of the other western countries that may have fulfilled that requirement in the past so I think -- is a good sign.
And then we should I think.
Just kind of sit back a little bit and -- and see how things turn out.
It doesn't mean you turn your back because -- to stabilize.
Our relations in the area.
But just -- stand back somewhat and wait to conditions develop before we really start providing a lot of -- Turning to Afghanistan the administration considering a zero option that is the withdrawal of all of our troops.
-- a wise course.
I don't think so I know we do that in Vietnam haven't been a part of that I think in Afghanistan.
Again because of the strategic location tied to Pakistan what's going on right now and Southwest Asia.
I think we have to heavily some type of -- training for some type of commitment.
To not only keep an eye on.
The commitment that we -- sacrifices that we've made.
But -- just understand the way ahead and not be totally cut out of that country so I think is zero.
Poll out there as unwise.
And twelve combat brigades to be cut from ten US bases are combat -- -- report from ten basis.
That this looks like extraordinary.
A piece of well.
A complicated surgery.
That the military right now can't really afford.
Well you know if you look back in history you know Vietnam and and first Iraqi war you know the wars in history week we always do this.
Looking for him people the most expensive part of the military.
But they're also the most critical.
I mean no more critical than that type of equipment you give to them -- good people he can operate the equipment.
And so I think that cutting these brigades out I think we've got to be very careful.
Which ones and how hard we do that you just can't you cannot mobilize recruit train mobilize those type B units overnight.
In today's environment things happen overnight and so I think that it's better to have.
The forces add -- -- at a good rate that provides a proper.
-- -- -- -- to mobilize to different spectrum of threats and you know also -- provides jobs and in the military provides some superb jobs for people.
Not only while they serve.
But also when they get out and go back and to society.
And so it's it it's also -- deployment issue and every GI.
And their families provide jobs for three to seven.
Other people in the communities where they -- they serve so I think when you cut out.
The troop strength.
It affects more than just the numbers of the of the army itself.
General thanks for being with us as always.
Thank -- a pleasurable.
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