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Joining us how to assess the impact of arming the Syrian troubles of their national security issues facing the nation.
Former pentagon official Fox News national security analyst KT McFarland -- too good to see you first.
This green lighting up and administration proposal to provide at least initially small arms to rebel groups that are as of now.
-- -- military officer in the United States has just gone before congress and he is said.
This is a mistake this is not going to go well I do not foresee any circumstances.
Where this is going to be a success he listed five options of various levels of military involvement and in each one of them he.
Had major caution on what should happen.
If that's not a red flag to somebody I don't know what -- What is the interest of the Republican Party particularly and specifically.
Senator John McCain.
In driving this agenda.
Two to intervene in Syria.
Talking about no fly zones intervening as if he is the world's leading authority on US interest.
In the Middle East.
I have a lot of respect for Senator McCain and I -- -- -- he's absolutely wrong you have been the military said.
This is not going to work out well you've seen the example of Libya where we did armed rebels where we got into a war for the rebels and that the same time -- -- what happened to the weapons that we gave those rebels.
They turned around -- used against us and then house.
There's -- cardinal rule in Washington -- one.
You know if you two enemies fighting each other do not step in the middle and try to stop it.
You've got the Syrian government which has for murderers and chemical weapons -- -- and you've got the rebels now.
The predominant strongest group of the rebels are al-Qaeda affiliated they just be added a Catholic priest.
Two weeks ago there are other rebel groups that are well meaning and secular and -- in -- good guys but they're not gonna win.
And that's that that's in fact the ultimate problem is that we we may like our -- walls but they're not going to be that -- -- It's one thing to have they old.
And -- -- -- our efforts at foreign policy in the middle eighties it is quite enough.
To accumulate the number of outright reversals and failures.
That this administration has now.
Managed to put forward now.
Why is there any view on the part of McCain or any other Republican that this is an administration.
That would be wise and -- in Syria.
-- particularly after two years of purim.
Removing a -- But may there was an option two years ago about what -- -- the good rebels and I was good rebels -- predominate.
-- -- -- -- -- And if you look at that the various issues that this administration -- -- the Libyan war that didn't turn out very well al-Qaeda remember what are you.
Year ago we were told of al-Qaeda is on the ropes in -- yes why don't Titus now in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda is in Syria al-Qaeda is in parts of Africa there was never before al-Qaeda is in Yemen and -- -- just on the rise.
And have just her.
Sprung from prison and about 500 as an estimated 500.
Abu Ghraib and another prison.
We don't know the number of terrorist.
Set free -- by al-Qaeda and none of this is becoming -- very you know it.
I can't even tell you the frustration to think that we are so stupid -- to permit this to happen.
And this administration has not being held accountable in fact a John McCain steps up like media it's -- clean slate for -- And the Republican Party is acting as if John McCain is a rational actor in this -- We have just spent ten years act throwing overthrowing dollars.
We have lost countless American lives and countless Americans are going to carry their war wounds for the rest of their days.
We have not.
Had a success in Afghanistan we've just -- we have not had a success in Iraq we have not had a success in Libya and why anybody thinks we -- gonna go into the middle of a Syrian war which even the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Says is not going to be a success and why we would even think of doing that I didn't.
And in the calamity looks like it is being driven.
By a broad based coalition within the Republican Party.
Speaker of the house John Boehner and -- -- set the effort to help the right south of rebels in Syria's and our nation's best interest.
Sure our best interest but what does that mean are we willing to do what it takes.
Just had the chairman of the -- -- who's told -- it's going to take a very large military commitment you're gonna have to have boots on the ground to do that.
The American people do not want that to happen so sure made it might be a great thing to have happen but that's not an option we have available to us today.
General Dempsey is being wise.
-- and offering words of constraint and and good counsel to the president and the senate if there -- -- listen.
This is senator McCain's play he says he's putting a hold on his renomination.
And Dempsey has just outsmarted him and I have to believe that Senator McCain.
Is smarting from what they chairman of the joint chiefs did today which is make it as you said and clear as crystal.
-- that the United States has no interest in the intervening answer.
Go back to 2003.
When -- chief of staff of the army.
Came forward and said this is what it's going to take to win in Iraq.
Everybody said oh no that's no way to know we don't need that many troops returning after -- troops going to be welcomed by -- -- liberators we go through.
Iraq was a disaster you've now that military people telling you the same thing.
And in stark terms telling you what the consequences are going to be if we do it go ahead with -- and yet as you say there -- plenty of people on both sides of the aisle.
Now let's get going.
But it will not end well and Dempsey is on the record saying don't blame me I told us -- well.
Two to what happened in 2003 the United States carried out a successful invasion.
And -- did so with your troops and anyone ever imagine I think we have to say secretary Rumsfeld had that one right -- What.
It wasn't correct -- what would follow along.
Obviously for years.
But the first.
Your number -- -- That was.
What was it -- military challenge.
But then what comes -- -- that's again that's what Dempsey warned if you have a collapse of the Syrian government precipitously.
You don't know what comes back to could be an extremist government.
And we do know that this administration has a very lousy track record in affected policy in the subtleties.
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