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Nicole had a ladies at the -- at least 74 people meantime killed hundreds injured in protests.
Over the weekend in Egypt all this is Israelis and Palestinians are resuming peace talks -- -- today in Washington DC so a lot.
To talk about foreign policy circles and Peter -- senior fellow for national security affairs at heritage.
Twenty year veteran of the Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Jesse Jane Duff also joins us today so nice to have both of you -- -- -- like I start with you and then.
I wanna spend some time talking about the Middle East peace and whether secretary of state carries really getting something done.
But first on Egypt is -- something pool that the UUS could do that it's not doing in terms of what's happening in Egypt right now or is it basically a lost cause from our.
Point of view.
Well I don't think that the US is trying to do anything right now which is very upsetting because they have essentially made this bed and now we must lead an -- We are sitting back and watching.
General SEC has made it very clear that he's not gonna tolerate the Muslim Brotherhood protesting in the streets.
Over 83 of them were killed at this weekend and about a hundred burials have already happened.
The protests are very very incendiary to the area.
And this region is critical for the United States we've been great allies with their military since 1979.
So for us to not be participating we have great leveraging with this army.
And we must get a prime minister in place.
Because this is going to blow up with al-Qaeda influence with they use public this that are right in the region and Hamas influencing what goes on.
That reference the 1970s.
-- kind of interesting because that -- the piece.
I'm between Israel and the egyptians has held up for that amount of time then and now here we are talking about whether the Israelis and Palestinians.
Can strike some sort of a long lasting peace secretary of state John Kerry.
If nothing else has tried he's been there a number of times the weather that you know I think comes to -- -- these Washington talks obviously remains to be seen.
Is it possible or are the people who scoff at this and say no they'll never be peace are they right what's your take on the talks -- seeing this week in DC.
Well -- you keep your expectations modest for the time being these -- just to set up frameworks Connell.
Four additional talks they're hoping to get -- done over the next nine months of course.
Many people have tried before this there are some real challenges.
In this in this issue you know borders -- territory.
-- security there's so many things that people are dealing with -- and this is a very difficult.
Wrote to hope so what I saw here and and go back -- -- what's a realistic goal then from your point of the effects fictitious -- be solo going and what would be -- about victory or partial victory to come out of these talks is realistic.
Well a framework for additional talks -- the fact that they're talking is good.
They haven't talked for three years now right so I mean the fact that -- -- coming to Washington carries it you're doing something he's been to the region six times in the last six months but once again these are very very difficult issues but yet they get additional talks beyond the next few days would be would be positive is that fair -- that the if these talks produce more talks we can at least.
Say all right we're on the right track or do we need in your -- to see more than that.
Well it's very difficult to predict what's gonna happen just as he's indicated already about what we have to recognize is that a 104 prisoners that have were sentenced to life for them released.
These are people that blew up.
School buses with children and -- stabbed -- -- -- of millions.
These were brutal brutal people Israelis are not necessarily happy with -- they are seeing these people as terrorists but just tried to destroy their country being released however.
The Palestinians -- -- freedom fighters who are looking to help the Palestinian people seek freedom.
So is a very it very difficult situation however.
We have got to have stability within that region this is the first -- -- -- ignoring was going on in Syria with a civil war aren't we're not helping with Egypt uprising there and -- the -- Iraq situation is anything but democracy.
So this is a good step for the region.
That is a good point there at the end -- it's a wider discussion but just patriotic.
-- quick point there on the priorities.
That we have foreign policy wise I'm mentioning YouTube than it is on the secretary of state John Kerry's tried he spent -- six trips to the Middle East everything else but is that a distraction from other priorities.
Whether they be this just talked about Syria or you know the so called shift to Asia that supposed to have been happening for -- many years to find some things like.
Our relations with China are we losing it here are we -- losing focus.
While the fact of the matter is that you're very senior official like secretary Kerry is you only have so much time there's 24 hours in -- day and you have to make certain priorities.
He's made this a priority but you make a very good point I mean we are the issues that are going -- in Syria in Egypt Iran who has heard about the Iranian nuclear file recently tried any of the rise of -- right -- yeah -- -- -- so many issues out -- he's got to decide so I think he probably -- shift his focus now -- -- naming a special envoy to this issue he got -- started and that it probably shift to something else but there's no shortage of problems unfortunately the Obama administration of foreign policy -- -- Jessie.
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