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We're now in the second month of military operations in Libya and the cost us already surpassed 600 million dollars for the United States alone.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan it's day 3408.
Of our operations there and that has cost us hundreds of billions of dollars.
With -- to Parse out the status of the forgotten war in Afghanistan.
And the lessons we did not learn when it came time for Libya is a little innocent foreign policy analyst with kid on the -- welcome here.
You we almost seem to have forgotten what's going on in Afghanistan.
And in Libya with all the debate about the budget and the -- here bring us up to date on Afghanistan.
And bring us up to date on Libya.
What's up -- -- on Afghanistan is that it's actually looking quite grim and what we've seen over the past several years is mission creep on steroids.
In fact ten years ago no one would have imagined that we'd be moving from punishing al-Qaeda and the Taliban to now mandating the number of women who -- -- in the Afghan parliament.
And despite all of our lofty goals what we seen Afghanistan today.
Is that essentially -- government of Hamid Karzai remains corrupt and abusive.
And can expand -- authority be on the major cities.
-- we see the Afghan army and police that are weak and extremely a professional we see militants expanding and -- west center in north of the country.
Where is several years ago these -- the safest areas to go.
And so really we -- we're -- sort of on a mission creep.
And this is nation building and unfortunately this is the state of what it guess it is today where we really didn't learn any of those lessons -- -- client and to Lydia.
All right before we get Libya when you say mission creep you mean that the government has the military doing more and more and more.
Far beyond what its original goal was and we still have about a 150000.
Troops in Afghanistan.
Chasing according to General Jones the president's recently retired.
A national security advisor fewer than a hundred al-Qaeda what are we -- in Libya.
Our troops under the command of some foreign general.
Well -- under the command of NATO but honestly I mean the United States again is sort of the backbone of NATO and we've been really sort of leading.
The fight a lot of the in a lot of the sort -- we sort of scaled back a little bit.
On but as you saw just a couple weeks ago a lot of the rebels were complaining that -- -- wasn't doing enough in the in the NATO fight.
And this is sort of the danger -- when we engage in these conflicts is that we've become the scapegoat if anything happens or goes wrong.
Yeah it's not Qaddafi that's gonna be blamed it's the west it's going to be -- -- NATO that's been blamed what one is what we see now.
What is the goal if if you if you can even tell us what is the president's goal.
Of our military presence in Libya is -- to kill colonel Qaddafi is it to weaken himself that he leaves is that to drive him from power.
Or is it to provide humanitarian assistance to those who were trying to drive them from.
Well it seems to be changing by the day one day it's to remove Qaddafi from power the next day it's simply a limited incursion to try and limit the number of civilian casualties.
But either way I think that the mission itself has limited military means for ambitious strategic and and so we talk about wanting to have regime change early -- to have wanting regime change.
-- institute regime change there airstrikes you'd need boots on the ground and unfortunately that leads to more escalation.
And mostly -- succeed or fail America will escalate.
If we succeed we'll see.
The -- involved in -- registration drives democratic elections -- if we fail will scale we'll escalate the conflict and have I have boots on the ground below and instead it's a pleasure thanks again for joining us.
Thank you so much -- Republican house speaker.
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