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Turning now to a man who calls the president's decision to embark on military action against Libya a terrible decision.
My guess is Thomas -- and Aaron retired US air force general he -- more than 400 combat missions in Vietnam.
Fox News military contributor general good to have you -- this.
This what -- style is a terrible decision.
There are some critics here even suggests that the president has done so far as to say he is subordinated.
The the US constitution.
To the United Nations charter.
Well -- You and Peter talked a little bit about that but my concerns are Lou.
Not that what is the end game.
We are over committed.
Iraq and in Afghanistan right now we open up a third front against a Muslim country.
It's -- -- with a Coalition of the Willing France the United States.
And the UK.
And may be maybe gutter and the UAE.
And -- so this Coalition of the Willing that we are leading right now is going to get blamed.
For getting their hands on this tar baby.
Let's just say that Qaddafi gets killed or leaves or does something.
Even though that's not in the UN charter -- say in the Security Council resolution.
Then those people if we use forces to help the rebels who we don't know who they are but we do know -- they're from the tribal.
One of the tribes and been -- they take over what you think the tribes in Tripoli are going to give up -- -- now you're gonna have a counterinsurgency.
Then there are going to say look you helped us take over we need an international stabilization force -- who leads that.
The United States now do we want to put another twenty to forty billion dollars in a Muslim country trying to stabilize them.
And and create something that isn't naturally there so that end game is what concerns me.
When we should be trying to get out of Iraq and trying to get out of Afghanistan which I've supported both strongly.
Irrespective of the fact that we have got men and women in uniform serving this nation have -- three and four tours in Iraq and Vietnam.
We have strained this.
American military to the breaking point by any definition by every study by the account of every responsible general staff member.
Two and this burden at this time without.
Discussion with congress you're concerned with the end game and I understand that.
I'm I'm also concerned about the beginning if you will of this enterprise.
And that is the -- the war powers act of 1973.
Certain things on the part of the president not rarely.
Filing a report a few days later.
It this -- -- to be very disturbing to the general staff doesn't not.
To be embarking on what some would call and in another misadventure.
In this time and North Africa.
It's very concerning two -- them and let me just say this two weeks ago the secretary defence -- chairman were violently against.
Imposing ourselves in another country all of a sudden they change but I can tell you.
The chiefs the chiefs of the services.
And the service people who are not behind this -- mean they are executing as they're told.
But they are not enthusiastic.
For the very reason that you pointed out.
We have warned this force out in going on ten years of constant -- is actually longer net because we have the no fly zones in Iraq.
We have warned this military out and yet we take and start a third burden and everybody is seeing this movie before twice.
We don't need to take this commitment on Lou and we have huge financial problems in the United States.
Which were all concerned about.
We are you you made reference to the no fly zone over Iraq and then and then bearers I think some amplification.
Because of -- -- the united states air force other and other for -- warriors and their support troops have been at war.
For twenty consecutive.
Forward actually before about -- few months but.
This is astounding.
The role that the that the president is now -- the so called imperial presidency not simply this president but others.
President Bush had it right certainly in a historic.
Sense -- that he sought the approval of congress he sought the approval of the United Nations irrespective of their.
Discussion about the correctness of of the mission the way in which it was carried out and ordered by the president.
In this is a deeply troubling.
Vendors -- Absolutely look I testified in front both the Senate Armed Services Committee.
And the it's senate Appropriations Committee -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
And and they examined it in great.
And Joseph -- work.
Not for -- but the fact was is there was a great deal of discussion now I can understand why can quote the humanitarian.
Maybe this had to be acted on quickly but little have you heard a number yet on how many.
Civilians that Qaddafi is killed.
I have not heard frankly our casualty count from any quarter that -- room.
And reliable war on reliable.
As to how many deaths have been sued from the beginning of the uprising in Libya nor have I heard -- account.
Deaths as a result of the airstrikes that were.
-- as you point out.
Again -- -- in uncertain times the fog of war -- whole rationale but the fact is.
Great to greet.
Risks are being taken with -- apparently very little certain knowledge general as always thank you very much for being with us here.
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