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-- artists down his top story joining me now left for more on Osama bin Laden's death -- former Defense Secretary as well as chairman and CEO of the -- groups.
William Cohen is a con are happy to have you here today to give -- some of your unique inside.
Right after that I wanna push this story for it okay we know that assigned -- lot and was killed.
But what does this mean now going forward for the future are are -- global war on terror.
Well it doesn't stop bin Laden himself was an iconic figure as far as al-Qaeda was concerned.
But it moved well beyond -- -- himself as a man to a movement.
Now that movement has been disbursed it's almost like a cancer cell that has continued to replicate itself.
In many parts of the world they're not as powerful because of that dispersion they can't cannot calculate and carry out the -- -- they did with him.
When he was -- -- so strongest point.
But they still remain dangerous and that's one of the reasons why the administration has come out.
-- -- be careful in terms of the immediate and mid term we're likely to see a response coming from al-Qaeda say we're still here and you didn't kill us old.
You have to be careful and celebrate at the same time.
And commanding the exact up the preparation the planning and the execution the precision of an execution was extraordinary in this case so.
Hats off to the military and the Intel community where they work hand in glove as they were supposed to and that brought about a result we've we wish for for a long time.
Secretary -- you talked about being vigilant everyone gets that the big question mark today though is who do we still lead as many troops that we as -- -- we have in Afghanistan.
And even a timeline and directed -- should they be adjusted or is it time really to bring home the troops and handle this problem in a different way.
I think we're likely to see a reduction in the certainly the forces coming out of Iraq although there is a debate taking place inside the administration -- the -- Some contingency force ought to remain just in case there is a need for them.
But the bulk of them will be -- by the end of this year and then in Afghanistan.
My a I think the likelihood is pretty significant that will see a substantial reduction coming out of Afghanistan.
Before 2014 I think the -- gonna come from congress because of budgetary pressure and because we'll move from a counterinsurgency.
Back to what Vice President Biden had originally advocated that was more for counterterrorism.
-- for a footprint.
More special forces so more use of UAV's unmanned aerial vehicles etc.
so I think we'll likely see a significant reduction in the coming -- months and years.
What do you think is going to change between his state of the relationship between the United States and Pakistani it's almost embarrassing -- -- I would imagine into the pockets on government that.
Osama bin Laden was killed just fifteen miles away from the capital of Islamabad there aren't just questions raised about it while about who know what's at this white house press briefing.
What is gonna happen now.
Well I think congress is going to be very interest -- them holding hearings and finding out exactly who knew what and win.
This seem to be a case of eyes wide shot.
That -- on the one hand that Pakistani government cooperating to -- degree and on fighting against al-Qaeda and also some talk -- -- forces.
But this is going to be hard to explain how this could take place that think.
Members of congress are gonna have real challenge here in terms of whether they gonna continue.
The support -- for Pakistan certainly the level they have in the past unless there's some plausible and credible explanation which will have to wait to see if there is.
Yep a lot of waiting and a lot of questions -- certainly need to be answered still former secretary defense William Cohen thanks.
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