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Jun 14, 2015 11:30am EDT
with the cyber challenge in china. all of these are very large challenges. and any ally you talk to the foreign ministers and heads of state of everyone from canada to singapore to saudi arabia to israel to great britain will tell you we don't know how committed you are to us and what the united states stands for. we don't know what you want. and that's leading to a lot of hedging behavior from our allies that we've frankly never seen before. >> i feel like that both bush and obama have got caught in the same trap when it came to foreign policy and that is this balance between advocating for freedom and democracy versus stability, which is in the best interests of america's national security. and you see fits and start of it whether it's bush when it comes to his vision for iraq or what happened in the gaza strip and the election of hamas and then realizing, oh my god, democracy isn't always such a good thing for america. and obama learned this lesson with the arab spring. see libya, see egypt. egypt probably a better example. is that here? is that the fundamental debate here? is it
Mar 18, 2012 11:30am EDT
united states needs to do what we do well in diplomacy. it that means getting china involve. i know everyone laughs when you say that because china doesn't ever want to get involved. this time, because oil is a big player here and china has a $20 begin infrastructure built in for oil. they take 6% of their oil from the sudan, their import. south sudan turned off the oil in fight with the north, they pump all their oil to the north and the north was keeping the money basically. they shut it off. that investment to china is no longer good, not getting any money. they're going out on the rest of the market like everyone to try and get that 6% made up. it's costing them more money and costing us more money at the pump. we have a unique moment, where if we got involved from the presidential level, we're meeting with the president, to talk with president hu, for that matter and say, listen, we're not appealing to anyone's better angel, not looking for humanitarian causes. i've done that before. it doesn't work. this is economically important for you and helpful. we can work together and i
Sep 16, 2012 11:30am EDT
. we're at 750 billion in defense and the top 15 countries on earth, including russia and china combined are 540 billion. they have the health care plan for only 2.2 million people and the premium is 470 bucks a year. no co-pay and takes care of all of their dependents and cost $53 billion a year. and you mess with that, i'm a member of the vfw, lifetime member, and the american legion, you will be cremated. >> david, i've got plenty of problems with president obama's plan but to stick with romney's for a second. the very reason having a balanced plan was at the core of our commission's recommendations that if you have a revenue neutral plan like governor romney proposed to have and generate no revenues for deficit reduction from revenues. >> that's what revenue neutral means. >> and you're going to increase defense spending by $1.8 trillion and you're going to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over ten years. that means you have to cut everything else by $5.8 trillion. that's the arithmetic. and therefore, the cuts you have to make in the income support programs that really tak
May 20, 2012 11:30am EDT
europeans need to understand that they also have a stake in what is happening in china and in the south china sea. and generally in terms of asia because to go back to the original word, we are interrelated. >> why is iran so hard? why is defusing a potential nuclear power there been so difficult across several administrations? >> because i think it's very hard to communicate with the iranians. one of the issues -- i was in the carter administration when the hostage crisis happened and we have really not had intelligence or good information about iran for a very, very long time. we've not had representation so we count on others. we have tried -- we did, president clinton and i, 1988 when the president had been elected to see about a different relationship. but mostly it's that we don't really communicate with them. they feel in order for their national identity that they have a right to have a nuclear program. and we don't trust them. and they do have a right to peaceful nuclear energy, they are signatories of the nonproliferation committee but that requires inspection and versio
Jul 5, 2015 11:30am EDT
alarming diet of propaganda on a daily basis. >> it is much worse than china. >> it is. >> chinese state television is not nearly as propaganda heavy as -- >> and it is crude sometimes, it is also incredibly sophisticated. i mean we had this week we saw the videotape of the military theme park the children are visiting outside moscow why do they engage in this sort of thing if they don't have broader ambitions? i think that he pocketed crimea with barely a protest from the west. that is settled law at this point. eastern ukraine is probably going to slip into the russian pocket as well. and it is only a matter of time before we have some sort of confrontation between the west and russia. his goal is to absolutely destroy the atlantic alliance to make it go away that it is not a threat to his broader ambitions. and i'm afraid it is going to happen in the baltics. >> it is something you hear and fear. a lot o
Sep 9, 2012 11:30am EDT
. what i meant is we really don't know what his china policies are. we don't know what he's going to do in russia or the middle east for that matter. the writer erupted saying they got him elected, but they didn't know who he was. the fact is that he came in on a wave. his timing was perfect four years ago. the country was ready for a change after eight years of wars and african-americans. harvard law grad. he pulled in independents. when he got there, the job, i think fair to say was probably not bigger than he thought it would be. but it was probably bigger than his capacity and his experience equipped him for. it's a very tough on-the-job learning experience. i remember on that heady inaugural day, when is he going to do that he's president? and whoever the president was whenever the valet comes in in the morning and says, mr. president, it's time to get up. you goes to the oval office and they put the daily intel brief before him and the daily economic numbers before him. now a you're in charge, mr. president and ha are you going to do about it. that's when you get to know that you'
Aug 10, 2014 11:30am EDT
arabia, great britain and communist china and others that contributed to that strategy. less than two weeks. but because he wrote his memoirs in the 1980s when the war was still going on and it was a top-secret, clandestine program, he never mentioned it. i think my book is really the first time that his side of the story has ever come out. he was also gracious enough not only to give me time for an interview, but also to give me access to his own private diaries so i could look back and see when did afghanistan come up? what was he talking about? in that sense this book has revelations about the carter presidency, which i don't think had been seen elsewhere. >> and you write about how he acknowledges having been surprised about the soviet invasion. and what do you think really was working in his mind from that point of surprise, feeling like he didn't have enough warning and as you describe it, having a pretty clear purpose about what he thought the u.s.'s aays been when president obama asked know look into this war back in 2009 and do a strategic review for him, i told him at the en
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