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May 3, 2011 8:00pm EDT
our interests are in that nation? >> well, you stated it exactly. look, george bush was coexisting with the taliban. they aren't very nice people. a lot of countries are run by people who aren't very nice. but we don't go around overallowing them all. we couldn't do it, it wouldn't work, it would be counterproductive. we went into afghanistan because osama bin laden, having murdered a lot of africans in the '90s then murdered a bunch of americans. and we said to the afghan government, you cannot allow this man to use your country as a base and they refused and that's why we went in. we went in to get him and he's now gotten. >> i want to get this, you're distinguishing between al qaeda and the taliban. this is a distinction that has been lost to a certain extent. >> george bush became president on january 20th, and until september 11th, we were not trying to overthrow the taliban regime. they were both a part of the same time. >> now you were privy to a lot of confidential information that you cannot share with us, but what is the best estimate you have of how many al qaeda members
Jun 23, 2011 8:00pm EDT
, raise doubts about him. look, the alternative to hamid karzai is not george washington or winston churchill. the alternative to karzai would be another afghan leader of questionable competence, stability and high ethical standards. we are not choosing the ideal leader here. >> you have hinted at the notion that a military solution to what's happening there isn't the end. there has to be more where does hamid karzai stand in terms of the civilian outreach that results in peace that can outlive the presence of guns? >> he seems to have come to terms with it. he seems to have realized that a negotiated political settlement with the taliban is inevitable. i think there was a hope that you could crush the taliban and perhaps with, i don't know, half a million troops, i doubt it. remember, the soviets were there for a long time as well. the taliban represent a large part of the community in afghanistan which make up half the population. you are talking about a large indigenous force. these are home-grown afghans. they're not going anywhere. the way civil wars end is you negotiate with t
Aug 1, 2011 8:00pm EDT
here feels that if the roles had reversed and somehow the democrats had been irresponsible with george bush instead of increasing the debt ceiling when seven times i think when he was president, if it got to the point where it was going to wreck the economy, i have no doubt that dick cheney would have thrown the 14th amendment switch. we should have kept those sort of things open. >> and right. we don't have a crystal ball, but it is, i think it is fair to say that the previous administration was a bit more direct in their approach than the current administration. there's a perception that this president just sort of sits back from the sidelines and watches things and then steps in maybe at the last minute. >> right. well, the tax deal that we got last december, we could have gotten earlier and under more favorable terms. >> okay. listen, do republicans and democrats have the same idea? because we are hearing that some people don't really know what is going to be in the bill. do both sides have the same idea of what is in the bill, because biden is saying one thing and john boehner is
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