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syria more than fighting isis. bloomberg is now reporting that the russians admit their real goal in syria is to help syrian president bashar assad against u.s. backed rebels. air force veteran adam kinzinger goes "on the record": i suppose it's not a big surprise. >> no. >> admit it? >> like saying water is wet. when i heard that the russians were going to syria. i actually gave a speech on the floor of the house and i just said, look. there is no doubt we're not there about isis. they are there to prop up bashir al assad. this is their puppet in the
middle east. they need this to get their foot back in the middle east. frankly, they haven't had had a role there since the 70's. now they are finding themselves as one of the great powers in the middle east. it's quiet obvious what they are doing. >> plan this out for me. suppose we don't do anything. suppose we just sit and watch. what's it going to look like in five years? >> it's hard to tell. i don't know what the syrian conflict is going to end up looking like. i will tell you iran will have a presence in syria as they do now. somebody i met with with on the border commander ishmael was killed two days ago guard backed up by russian air power. this is happening. >> all right. we are talking about russian airplane. the u.s. and -- air power. we are on the rebel side and they are on the assad side. yet, now we have an agreement to share the skies. >> yeah, i think it's absolutely a joke. >> you are a pilot, too. >> yeah, i think the best deconfliction between the russians. >> is for them to get out. >> get the hell out of syria. that's what you have to do.
instead we are saying we don't believe in what you are doing. you are bombing the i have people that we have trained and equipped. the actual prod democrats simply want to free syria. but, you know, if you are going to do it we will get an agreement with you to make sure we don't get our planes near each other is ludicrous. >> to me it's so birds that we are giving up the war game. it's like you take the red pieces and we will take the blue pieces. like a parchese game. >> i'm reading dick cheney's book about the strong america and the difference when he talks about how ronald reagan was in the cold war. and, you know, went to negotiate with gorbachev and still walked away over sdi. you see what real strength is what you see in president obama is a very left wing philosophy if we smile, if we shake hands if we become buddies we will get long. >> where does it lead it though. >> it leads what we have seen utter chaos. middle east utterly chaotic right now. >> can it be reversed?
>> i think yes. but it's going to take strong american leadership. that leadership will probably be the next president of the united states hopefully a republican. it's going to be a long process. more days that go by more innocent people are killed by the russians or by assad. or by isis. >> for our mistakes? >> you create more and more enemies and more and more anger. it spills. it is like a volcano spills over in the middle east. >> if we actually go over and meet the people like in the refugee camps and you see that this is real stuff. >> the real people and these are kids that just want to glow up to be doctors and policemen and want to have a family and they are being killed. >> congressman, thank you. nice to see you sir. >> you two. >> senator john looks like some folks have had it with their airline credit card miles. sometimes those seats cost a ridiculous number of miles... or there's a fee to use them. i know. it's so frustrating. they'd be a lot happier with the capital one venture card.
>> i have decided to maintain our current posture. >> drawdown but not a sufficient number. >> i support the decision but i don't support the number. >> as commander and chief i will not allow afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again. >> it doesn't seem like this is a plan. it doesn't seem like it's enough people. again the president's heart doesn't seem in it. >> when a president sends troops in harm's way, he has to convince them that he believes risking their lives is worthwhile. >> i know for a fact that military leaders recommended a much larger number
recommendation i'm told was 20,000. >> tonight did president obama's decision to cut troops in afghanistan go against his advisors. senator john mccain goes "on the record." good evening, sir. we just heard in that sound bite that you heard the number went as high as 20,000. >> yeah, that's indeed correct. the thing that makes one nervous about this whole process is what happened with train and equip the free syrian army in the dod program where his spokesman said that the president felt vindicated when it failed because he hadported it all along. that's the arm and trained equipment of the free syrian army that totally collapsed. does the president believe in this one? is he going to feel vindicated if this one fails? >> in my wildest dreams, i wanted to talk about afghanistan. but you talked about that 500-million-dollar deal with the syrian to train the
rebels that you just spoke about. why in the world would he have gone along with that if he thought that i think the term he used with "60 minutes" is he was skeptical of it from the very beginning. why would you do that? >> i cannot imagine any president of the united states authorizing a program that put people's lives in danger. i don't know how many were killed. cost of $500 million, at least $43 million. and then have his spokesman say well, i was skeptical about this all along. harry truman must be spinning in his grave. as the president when he signs off he is the commander and chief. is he responsible. what you would expect of a commander and chief is to say it failed. i'm responsible. his spokesman said he was vindicated. he was vindicated by the expenditure of $500 million of the taxpayer's money? i have never seen anything like this, greta. >> you know, i assume every
conflict is different. but, in looking at iraq, the drawdown in iraq, which was so rapid, and we saw what happened in iraq and syria. we have got isis there. now have found a very comfortable home in those two nations. if we have a drawdown in afghanistan that goes counsel to the numbers president obama wants, can we expect something similar or are these conflicts so unique that maybe his numbers are correct? >> well, first of all, in iraq, we warned lindsey graham and joe lieberman and i predicted this and we predict the same thing in afghanistan if he goes down to the 5,000 that he is talking about in the second year. the 9800 is on a ragged edge. it's barely enough and when you do -- it's barely enough, then you put the men and women who are serving in combat in greater danger. because he wants these lower numbers. i know that he asked for five options from our military leaders. there should have been only one option.
and that's the option they felt would be the way that they could keep afghanistan stabilized and not lose everything that we have spent so much american blood and treasure on let. >> let me turn to the act. i have a problem with with defense bills i don't know how anybody comes up with the numbers. none the less it's a bipartisan bill the president says he intends to veto it. will he? >> he says that he will and very disappointing to me his secretary of defense said that he agrees with him had. look, this is the same amount of money the president requested. this is a budgetary situation. this isn't -- which has everything to do with appropriations not where is the money. this is an authorization bill. for the men and women who are serving in the military. to equip them better. changing the retirement system. acquisition reform. i mean, there is a long list of importance to the men and
women who are serving this nation in combat. and the president is going to veto because he doesn't like the way it's funded even though it's the same level that he he had requested it be funded. greta, you can only draw one conclusion. the president cares more about the budgetary ways of reaching the numbers that we need to defend the nation than he is about protecting and helping the men and women who are serving in the military, and it is disgraceful. four times presidents have receipted defense authorization bills in the last 53 years. each time they were over a specific provision. that was fixed. now the president is going it veto over nothing we can fix. >> senator, nice to have you join us, and i just want to take the last word on it maybe hadn't wasted that a $500 million, maybe we could take better care of some of our people but that's just me. anyway,. >> you are right. >> thank you for joining us, sir. >> thank you.
>> and developing now congressman paul ryan in closed door meeting on the hill. will he or will he not be the next speaker of the house? fox news chief correspondent mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. mike? >> greta, geographic. house speaker john boehner says paul ryan has the credentials to build the gap between conservatives in the house and house g.o.p. leadership. ryan has not said much to supporters today who have been following him all over capitol hill. instead paul ryan's focus has been on meeting with colleagues and if he decides to run for speaker, he needs to win at least some support of the house freedom caucus can. the house conservative group. bottom line on "special report" a short time ago, boehner said there would be news tonight from ryan. >> paul, i believe, will have an announcement later on this evening. i'm not sure what that announcement is going to be. >> ryan's communication director brendan buck tweeted as if i wasn't getting enough emails thanks speaker boehner. i still do not expect a
final decision tonight. the nuances is ryan is expected to say if house republicans will unite behind him, then he is willing to run for the job that he has never sought before. ryan did tell us that he will will speak with reporters after this meeting this evening. greta? >> mike, is the freedom caucus going to give him that support? >> that's the question we know that some have said publicly that they are willing to support him but it's not clear that all 40 will. he doesn't need all 40 go-to-go along but with he needs a good chunk of them. he certainly does not want to get elected with barely 218 votes. he would like to have 230 or maybe 240 to basically signal that republicans are behind him, greta. >> mike, thank you. and a rescue caught on camera. incredible. this woman was pulled to safety as the southwest gets hammered with wicked weather. plus janice dean's forecast straight ahead. major news from lamar odom and for the first time we are hearing from khloe let me talk to you about retirement. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go.
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check out this crazy video. a water rescue practice. conducting a drill when they saw a boy slip under the water. the group's commander immediately jumping into the fast moving river grabbing the boy and flipping him to shore. the dramatic rescue caught on the camera. rescuer phoenix safety. that van partially submerged after swept away by fast moving waters. crews using ropes to get to the driver. heavy rain causing severe flooding. janice dean is tracking that storm. janice? >> low pressure system that's moving very slowly across the southwest. going to bring quite a bit of rain to not only the southwest but to texas. severe thunderstorm watch in effect 9:00 p.m. local time new mexico in toward texas. several severe thunderstorm
warnings where we could see large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. we have seen quite a bit of rainfall for the southwest. this is the desert. so if you see one to two inches in a short period of time, that's going to cause flash flooding. look ahead into the women texas. there is our forecast radar as we head into wednesday, thursday, friday. even some snow for the colorado rockies. but my main concern, greta, is going to be for new mexico and texas over the next couple of days where we could get upwards of a foot of rainfall across texas. not only if week but into this weekend we have this familiar setup where we have high pressure across the east, low pressure across the southwest, and look at some of the moisture that we could see anywhere from 8 to 10, even a foot of rainfall for parts of central texas. greta, back to you. >> janice, thank you. now get ready to speed read the day's other news.
olympic blade runner oscar pistorius now out of prison. shooting death of his model girlfriend reva steenkamp sent home and now subject to house arrest. served one year of five year service. he says he mistook steenkamp for intruder and shot her to death through a bathroom door. senate democrats bill crack down on sanctuary cities. the bill would have allowed federal government to withhold funds local governments who don't cooperate with city officials. illegal immigrant with a long rap sheet shot and killed indicate steinfully july in san francisco as she walked with her father. and former florida governor charlie crist trying to make a come back. the former republican governor who is now a democrat announcing a run for congress. crist most recently lost in a close election to current florida republican governor rick scott.
>> who are you? >> and the force is strong with the upcoming star wars sequel the first full length trailer released last night to awaiting fans during monday night football. the buzz causing the film to shatter ticket sales records. theater across the country already sold out. two popular ticketing websites, movie tickets.com and fan dango crashed because of web traffic. september 18th. and that's tonight's speed read. and khloe kardashian breaking her silence over her
with murder of the infant. fox tampa bay reporter evan. what's the latest? >> you remember that the grandparents' suspicions were that kristen and joe the boy's parents knew what happened to him. we have now learned, remember, they begged for kristen and joe, the boy's parents to come forward and tell deputies what happened. what we learned today that kristen, the boy's mother did in fact do that. she told deputies that they dug their own son's shallow grave. it's just unbelievable. on september 16th this all started there was an argument between joe and kristen. the boy's parents now during that argument, the father beat the baby to death according to the admissions by the boy's mother. now, at that point they have a decision to make. do we call 911 or not? they decided not to call 911 because she said i don't want to lose you both. obviously knowing that joe would be in quiet a bit of trouble. their decision was to put the baby in a crib and in a
closet for eight days while the boy decomposed. now, after those 8 days, kristen started to complain of the smell. obviously it had been there so long. they wrapped the baby in plastic bags and according to her admissions, they dug a shallow grave 13 miles from their home and buried baby chance. now on september 27th, we remember that they fled the state. they went to south carolina and they went to georgia. in their words, to start a new life. now, during that trip, they had been a car crash. they run into some people without the baby. and they lied to deputies. saying that the baby died in a car crash. that they had given the baby away to somebody who had robbed them. at the end of the day they were taken into custody for custody for child neglect. the baby, greta, was reported missing on october 4th and kristen told deputies eventually after all this national attention that this story got that she and the boy's father did, in fact, bury the the baby. they knew what happened.
remember, greta, they found blood in the home. all the story that they had told deputies just wasn't adding up and finally, according to the documents that we got today, kristen cracked. she told deputies where baby chance was. they dug him up and they found him only in his diaper. >> evan, i don't know who is worse the mother or the father? it's like what a horrible story and that poor infant. anyway, evan, thank you for the latest. evan. and tonight former nba and reality star lamar odom now moved to a los angeles hospital and for the first time since he was found unconscious in a nevada brothel his he estranged wife khloe kardashian is speaking out. fox los angeles reporter is live in l.a. gina? >> well, greta, lamar was well enough to be transported here to los angeles but is he still a very is sick man. we have been told that he needs specialized treatment and that is why he is here at cedar sinai medical center. now, what we have heard is that he needs six hours of dialysis a day.
his kidneys are are reportedly failing. and he may be in need of a transplant. as you know, it was last tuesday when lamar was found unresponsive at a wore house in nevada. he was there for three days while according to police using cocaine and sexual enhancement sum manies. lamar suffered several strokes and multiple organ failure. while he seems to be recovering, his kidneys are reportedly starting to fail. now, on her website, khloe kardashian, who has been by his side, she issued a statement thanking the hospital family and friends, and she added this: you can never be prepared for an experience like this. but without the outpouring of love and endless prayers that lamar has received and strength i was given from my loved ones, it will be difficult to endure. thank you for your continued support. god is great. so that is the latest. we haven't seen anybody going in and out of the hospital. but we have been told that chloe is by his side. >> gina, thank you. and coming up, we have
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leaving you free to focus on what matters most. this is a fox news alert. breaking news on capitol hill. do we know if com paul ryan is running for speaker of the house or not. congressman paul ryan is on the hill. >> we are not there yet. paul ryan told his colleagues inside the house republican caucus he is running to run poor speaker if there is significant support behind him. darrell issa told us after the meeting he wanted to see support from all the groups in the house republican conference and at the end of the weaning he would make a decision whether he would run. i'm told for sources that were inside the room, he doesn't want just 218 votes. the bear minimum to be elected the next speaker of the house. he wants solid support from across the conference. so at the end of his pitch. i'm told there was loud applause inside the house republican conference. no booing but basically he
is putting it back in the court of the republican caucus to say if you support me, i will run. if not, you will have to find somebody else. bottom line he signaled is he willing to do it if there is enough backing for him to do so. >> this feels like homecoming king though the moment you are elected everybody will take a swipe at you. >> all down hill from there. tough issues on the agenda ahead. >> yes, indeed. anyway, thanks for being with us. we will see you again tomorrow night right here at 7:00 p.m. eastern. take a look at this. this is the best tweeted picture of the day. who doesn't love a fluffy an gore are a bunny. never miss my favorite pic of the day. best tweeted pick of the day. and if you can't watch live, play back "on the record" after you have done watching your other fox programs. i suggest 111:1001 each night is a good time to watch "on the record" dvr. you don't want to miss out any of this including the
best tweeted pic. o'reilly factor. good night from your nation's capitol. tonight on "red eye", why would the director of the cia be using an aol e-mail account? who wouldn't want the free 50-hour cd's to go to waste, would he? and flossing is a waste of time. i promise to dig into the story until i make my gums bleed. and the new "star wars" trailer premiered during monday night foo football. america said, what? to jar-jar? we provide news and delight. first, a news break. >> live from mesh's news had beens, i'm will carr. congressman paul ryan is seriously considering a run for speaker of the house and giving colleagues until friday to unite behind him. the