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Jen Psaki Doesn't Deny Discussion to Remove IRGC From Terror Blacklist

Mark Levin

01:49 min | 5 months ago

Jen Psaki Doesn't Deny Discussion to Remove IRGC From Terror Blacklist

"Go ahead A Brett mcgurk conducted a call just a couple of days ago and we've been briefing them with a range of national security officials And then as the RC for done rather the Islamic revolutionary guard poor IRGC Has it done anything to be eligible to be removed for the terror blacklist Well I think you're asking me this because it's been out there as a possible discussion but there's no deal at this point So if and when there's a deal we'll have a discussion about what's in the deal Outside of the deal though does it take action to be removed from that terror blacklist Do you have to do something to get off of it You have to make a decision yes Unbelievable Unbelievable The tap dancing here by this woman These are basic questions It's really quite simple They help purpose of the treaty clause of the constitution Which has not been complied with here thanks to Mitch McConnell the former senator from Tennessee bob corker just so you know Mitch McConnell did this And bob corker rhinos Made the country much more dangerous as far as I'm concerned And this is when I had it with Ben sasse and he called me up to try and persuade me to stop pounding bob corker all of this And I told him to go fly a kite He'll fly a kite mister constitutionalist This is really quite shocking ladies and gentlemen That Russia's negotiating for us still she should have said the R the IRGC the Republican guard military of the Iranians of course we're not going to take them off the terrorist list Why can't she say that because it's in play

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Iran attacks Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for Soleimani's death

All In with Chris Hayes

11:06 min | 2 years ago

Iran attacks Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for Soleimani's death

"Breaking news out of Iraq where we have confirmation that Iran has launched missiles missile strikes to Iraqi basis at least two Iraqi basis that also house. US forces we have no confirmation yet of the assessment of damage or casualties around the state media is now saying that Eh. They launched these two rounds of missile strikes. And this is I think important and really actually crucial we think about this moment around saying there's no there's no retaliation for America For the latest attacks. Then they will stop attacking but if America tax than their response will be crushing and widespread. It seems to me that this is a calculation nation here by the Iranian regime. At least and getting to some point that does not further. Climb up the escalatory ladder that we have now been on for quite some time and is threatening to plunged the entire region into valuable war joining me now former Republican congressman from Oklahoma Mickey Edwards. Former chair of the House Republican Policy Committee and former Democratic Congressman from Maryland. Donna Edwards also with me Sam Cedar host the majority were podcast and MSNBC Contributor Angelina Maxwell host of signal boost on Sirius Xm and an MSNBC political analyst. Donna let me start with you the the way that we talk about. This tends to resolve revolve around the president. What decision when will he make? and WHO's influencing but America's democratic nation with the constitution that gives the power to declare war the the Congress United States represents this democratic nation. All of its citizens citizens should not be in the hands of one man particularly one man with the faculties that the current president has it seems to me extremely important that across Democrat and Republican particularly Democratic Party Democrat. Cows come out strongly to say no war with Iran. This is madness and do whatever they can to halt escalation is that a possibility ability as UCLA. I do think that there will be in there. Already have been tonight really strong voices coming from speaker. Pelosi herself that we do not want a war with Iran and very sadly this is so reminiscent of where we've been before and I think it's also important for the American American people to step up and declare that there should be no war with Iran and we are at a place where you know. There's a possibility that there could be some some de escalation but it requires seen voices and cool heads to preside both in the White House which I don't expect but certainly coming out with a strong voice from Democrats in the in the Congress and I would expect others who do not want to continue. You need to put service men and women in harm's way and to jeopardize the safety of of the American People Mickey you know there's been an interesting Fisher Asia and the Republican and Conservative collision on this question We we've seen it sort of break out in the open. Sometimes rampaul was on our air earlier. Senator from Kentucky urging us not to enter into worth around. There are some conservative commentators. WHO HAVE THE president's ear who also said the same? This seems to me kind of testing ground of that. What do you you expect to see from Republicans on the hill? Well if we stay with what they have been saying for. Many many years is that we should be very cautious. Che's about going into war but they're the bigger issue here is what you were talking about Chris. So I would hope that the congress is able to back the president op and not have is go into a major war but it's also important that Congress start reasserting its primacy in the field of international affairs primacy in in terms of deciding when we go to war because it's not just this war but with this man in the in the White House or frankly any president the idea that the congress would step by now. You were the democratic voice. Chris you've been talking about and that the Congress would back off and let any president just on his own whim or any other reason take take the country into war is unacceptable and it's time Republicans and Democrats both came together on that one issue. It just crazy to me to view what's happening right now. Does this thing that just happening out there. In the world like we're we live in a democratic society precisely so that we can exert some control and and that's part of constitutional designed by design the founders constitutional design that there are some democratic control. I mean the idea that regardless of what we have in terms of casualties that we must must respond is absurd. We have agency people are going to call for de-escalation. They're either going to call for now tonight or they're going to do it. Eighteen years from now after after what we've been in Iraq and so the bottom line is every single. Democratic presidential candidate should tonight come out and say no war with Iran every single member of the Democratic Caucus in the house and the Senate should be backing the bills by Tim Kaine am by Sanders and Kana in the House and stopping funding and stopping topping the legal auspicies for this war. Somebody's skills worse than Iraq because at least with the Iraq war in two thousand three there was a reason they put forward a reason season and so an American citizen say while there's WMD's now it turned out that that was a lie right but there wasn't articulated reason that the administration collectively is trying to put forward to tell the American people. This is why we're doing this. I have no idea why this is happening Chris. The American people likely do not understand why we are on on the brink of war with Iran and I agree with Sam. All of the Democratic candidates have a chance to step forward in this moment and show that they can be competent. They can be strong and stand on principle there. There is no reason for this and this moment we need to stay take a step back a giant step back over this cannot be a partisan listen moment the Republicans in Congress have to do the same thing. They took the same oath of office. They swore to uphold the same constitution and adjust having Democrats oppose. What's happening what the war is about without any information here but but they can't do it alone? Republicans have to say in this this case this is American lives at risk and we are going to take back the constitutional power. The Congress has the it can't be just a democratic down the the politics of of this which in some senses seemed secretaries. We await at this moment to find out if there were casualties. Both among the Iraqi against Iraqi servicemembers emmers on these Iraqi bases or American service members but of course the politics matter because the politics are part of what will produce the outcomes that happen and the decision that gets made. I mean again. This is all part of Democratic Self Governance. It does seem to me that the war weariness is very real thing it shows up in the polling. It showed up on the campaign trail. There's very very little appetite. Wait for a war with Iran. If you pull that question and even the airstrike against Sulejmani which a to my mind. Reckless escalation along this trajectory was was essentially partisan split. Like do you trust. The Democrats will have the courage of their convictions about how they navigate this. Well I have to say I mean I do you. I mean I remember you know the lead up to the Iraq war in two thousand and whatever it was three four and you know people believe the evidence that was in front of them. I never believed it. But even in the face of thousands and thousands of people taking to the streets still legislators felt a need to like go right up and march toward war. We cannot afford that to have that outcome again. And I think it's incumbent on members of Congress but the American people have to speak up and we know that they're worried because they wanted to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan in and out of the region all along now here. We are escalating again. And it's time to put a put the brakes on this coming. Both from the Congress in terms of them exercising their authorities Mickey had said but also coming from the American people saying we do not want another war in that region Gen Party. The ball is in the in the hands of the people themselves the power to declare war being Congress means that the people are supposed to make these decisions and this is what they have to show up a child meetings APP to contact their members of Congress and they have to be hurt and there should be a vote. I mean there's going to be a partner. Solution says there's going to be privileged privileged resolution and there should be there should be a vote in the United States. Senate absolutely not say I am struck by how many democratic politicians look I have very little expectations of Republicans at this point. I'm sorry about that but I am struck. By how few how how little maturation there seems to be when I look at the democratic accredit politicians who are coming out there and equivocating at this point because the American public has grown since two thousand two and to a certain extent I remember that time time vividly millions of people who are in those streets at that time and the fact is there was a lot of people who are shell shocked after nine eleven that Shell shock does not exist amongst the American American public anymore but you look at the eyes of a lot of these democratic politicians and they look like deers. If your headlights they need to lead to fight back against what is off. Obviously an attempt to draw this country into war by. Who's you know what who who's driving this bus? It's unclear but it but we cannot allow the the idea that the president of the United States can Willy Nilly create provocations. That dragged this country into this type of quagmire again. The American people have to understand why why we're entering into a military conflict. They don't know that tonight and that's a really big problem. And the communication here. I mean we just go back to say what the facts are on the ground in terms of the the latest loop. There was an attack outside Kirkuk a rocket attack there have been increasing rocketfire Adam at American forces from Shia militias in Iraq. Starting in October Tober Brett mcgurk said that hadn't happened. Eight years that part that itself was part of a escalatory cycle that started with the withdrawal from the Iran deal that kills an American American contractor back in December outside Kirkuk and killed an American contractor wounded several American service members there was a retaliatory strike by the US. It Killed Twenty five Shia militia militia members in Iraq and then that storm the embassy which was essentially disbursed with no casualties and then in response to that wildly provocative talkative s escalating act of taking out killing Qassem solely money. So that is that is the situation that has bras tonight to these reports of ground-to-ground missile. Fire from the Iranian government directed at Iraqi basis that whole both Amar Iraqi service members and American service members Donald. What do you think is happening right now? We have reports that Vice President Pence has briefed Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Pelosi tweeted tweeted out. She's closely monitoring the situation falling bombings targeting. US troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our service members including ending needless provocations

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'We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran': Former envoy Brett McGurk

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

04:56 min | 2 years ago

'We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran': Former envoy Brett McGurk

"Brett mcgurk served as senior director for Iraq and Afghanistan in the George W Bush White House who was also special presidential envoy to the global coalition to defeat. Asus I under President Obama and under president trump. Mr mcgurk left that role late two thousand eighteen after trump announced a plan to pull. US troops out of Syria. Mr mcgurk thank thank you so much for joining us tonight on on short notice and on a very serious evening. Thanks for having me. I know you've been following the news as we all have. I assume you've been able to talk with some of your former colleagues from from government and other experts in the region. Let me just ask your top line response to this news tonight. That the head of the KUDZU force Qassem Soleimani has been killed in a US military strike in back that way as an American who has served a lot of time in Iraq including including in two thousand seven two thousand eight period where we were really in a very hot war with a lot of these iranian-backed groups. I really feel that. It's it's a measure of justice done I feel that as an American someone who has been out there for a significant period of my life and I know I have colleagues who are killed by some of these groups also hearing from former colleagues in the region a lot of concern. Obviously about where this goes and I think we need to presume now as a country like it or not. We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran This has been a covert war shadow war for forty years But with this action. I think we need to presume to protect our people in the region to protect Dr Interests that were in a state of war with Iran and that is not something that the trump administration appears to have been prepared for. I mean they're they're national. Security Strategy is actually premised on the notion of getting out of the Middle East commitments and reprioritising to Asia to a great power or competition against China. So I think that is now pretty much over. We're now drawn back into the Middle East and we need to be very well prepared not over coming days and weeks. I'm Ron might take some time to respond. But over the coming months and even over the coming years to protect our people and our interests It's a very serious situation if we are as you say it's to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran not that it is threatening but we are there because of this action and What should Americans expect from a war with Iran? What should we expect in terms of risk to the United States into US US allies and U. S. forces in assets around the world? Well it means that we are now we have been trying now really for two ministrations restrictions to try to reprioritize out of the Middle East Because there's just such a resource kind of black hole for us and we tried to do that in various ways ways and it turns out now to ministrations. We're kind of sucked back in. I think it would be very difficult now to to really significantly move forces and resources out. I mean president trump. Even as he says he's bringing forces out of the Middle East he's actually sent fifteen thousand troops in the Middle East since May because of the increasing tensions against Iran on and because of the consequences that began on fold when he got out of the Iran. Deal another thing here if you want to take on a situation like this and set a very very maximalist objective which is basically to bring down the Iranian regime. That seems to be a policy that is a maximalist objective for which we very few allies You know in Iraq right now it's not just. US troops. We have. And I was a part of this effort to build a coalition. So we didn't do this on our own. We built a coalition of almost almost twenty military contributors interact with US France. UK Denmark Australia New Zealand. They're all interact with us And they are on these bases and facilities with us and has been a very successful endeavor. I think they're all AL also asking what comes next just on that point. A strategic risk is that we'll be asked to leave Iraq. I think the Iraqi government now is extremely weak There's a protest movement kind of a dual protest movement among Shia groups. Some of whom are backed by Iran. Some of these young patriotic liberal oriented Iraqis WANNA see significant reforms with. That's going to be very difficult. And there's a very good chance now. The Iraqis will ask us to leave Iraq. which would open up another vacuum which would be filled by extremist groups both on the Iranian backside and Isis so all the gains against Isis over last five years could also begin to unravel all that said? I want to emphasize that as an American I feel that this is a measure of justice but I'm also concerned that the second and third order consequences have not been adequately prepared for and I think it's incumbent upon Congress Congress and others to demand answers to those questions. Where does this go? How are we mitigating risks? And what our next moves

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

01:55 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Here on KQED. coming up on morning edition and N. P. R. investigation finding that the government has spent billions of dollars maintaining the military court in Guantanamo bay Cuba now these NPR news headlines on September eleventh twenty nineteen KQED time at four thirty good morning live from NPR news in Washington I'm Windsor Johnston Iran says it has no plans to hold talks with the United States after the departure of national security adviser John Bolton president trump ansible tend to resign this week saying he strongly disagreed with many of his suggestions Brett McGurk a former member of the trump administration's national security team tells NPR's morning edition there were two problems with Boltons leadership process problem you didn't really run much of a process and really try to facilitate the cabinet secretaries to give the president options and vice. but it had a policy problem because he has a very maximalist view of America's role in the world with a very minimalist presidents president trump says he expects to name Bolton successor next week Scotland's highest civil disabilities civil court has ruled that British prime minister Boris Johnson suspension of parliament is illegal and PR strangling fit reports from London the court did not order parliamentary open but found the Johnson's shut down was for the quote improper purpose of signing parliament although Johnson claimed you shutting down parliament for five weeks to work on his legislative agenda most political observers think he was trying to sideline legislators so they couldn't block is planned to crash the U. K. out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement the case goes to the UK Supreme Court in London next week NPR's Frank length it reporting this is NPR news. the China finance ministry has announced tariffs will be suspended for one year.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:31 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KQED Radio

"That it did in the first place before it declared a state, and that is insurgency in particular in Iraq and also in Syria and terrorism around the world, and it's a very very good at that. And even though it no longer controls as much money and resources as as it once did it needs, but only a fraction of that money to carry out insurgency and terrorism those actions are cheap, and it has a lot of money still Faisal I saw uniting an agreement. I wonder what you think of the administration's announcement. I think, you know, absolutely agree. It's a big military accomplishment. And this combination this alliance between US air, power and intelligence and these local forces has been potent. I think when we think about. What comes next we've got to divide into two issues. I is the potential for the organization to do harm through things like sleeper cells terrorist attacks assassinations, they've perfected that to an art form over the past decade have the very good at it as as Matthew said, and you don't need a lot of people to do that. You don't need a lot of territory. And you don't actually need to lodge a lot of attacks. We just need to keep the tempo of operations up. And then there's the larger question of will there be a resurgence of this political entity? I think with the US military, they're probably not in Syria, maybe Iraq. But then of course, there's a question over what the US does next Matthew give us a sense of how we got to this point. There was at statement that went out in December. And it seems like the analysis of ISIS kind of ramped into high gear after that after the US basically said mission accomplished. Exactly, you know, the battlefield defeat. You could already see it coming on the horizon. But it wasn't a statement unless we're calling tweets statement nowadays. But the president put out a tweet in December saying we're pulling all of US forces out of Syria because ISIS has been defeated. He didn't say the caliphate will be defeated. He didn't say battlefield defeat of ISIS. He said ISIS will have been defeated and his advisors all disagreed. It. Ultimately, led to the resignation of General Mattis the slightly early departure of the head of the crisis coalition Brett mcgurk and in time. I think is advisors got him. The president appoints where he's articulating this difference in that clip that you played where he's showing the map between battlefield defeat. And in fact, while there's still be some bad guys in some places, but but we can deal with them and largely that'd be someone else's problem. And now, I think he's getting to the point we understands this is still going to be our problem, and we're still going to have terrorist attacks around the world. They still have money. You're still going to see insurgency in Iraq where we have spent so much time and money trying to stabilize a rock, and it is still significant.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KOA 850 AM

KOA 850 AM

03:23 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KOA 850 AM

"News, while the government shutdown drags on here in the US. The military is working toward pulling troops out of Syria. That after the president said ISIS was defeated in that country and after a terror attack in Syria just last week for which has claimed responsibility, Jack, a Pentagon correspondent for our monitoring joins us live right now from the Pentagon good morning, Jack. Good morning morning. How's the reaction been at the Pentagon since the president's decision to pull troops from Syria. So. There's there's been a mix of things. I mean first off. No one's clear on how quit the pull-out will be or under what conditions. The military always approach this under conditions based approach meaning that military wanted to make sure ISIS wouldn't be able to regenerate and Syria that there would be some semblance of governing authority, and that of course, you would have the Kurdish units that the US has back under controversy from Turkey be integrated with the Arab forces there in Syria on so that is still ongoing. It's not clear whether the military is going to be able to speed this up to the president's liking. So there's going to be this push and pull as we saw last year between President Trump who's instinct is to get all the troops out as quickly as possible and the military, which is pushing a slower and more deliberate approach. I mentioned the attack that ISIS has claimed responsibility. For are we any closer verifying that and is it being seen as a retaliation for the president's words that, you know, we've essentially defeated ISIS and Syria. Well. Yeah. I mean at all the consensus that we have right now is that that it was ISIS as far as retaliation for the president. It's it's not clear that it was necessarily retaliation. Isis has been tracking these patrol routes through mandates that contested the Syrian city that the Kurds and the Turks have had disputed for months and months and months. So this is something that that ISIS carefully watches, a it's something that, you know, could be emboldened for the group going forward, but it's primed within a broader tactical shift for ISIS as they've lost their dual cowl fit between Mozell in rock and rock in Syria. You're themselves more towards these hit and run type attack. So this is something that the US military is watching for this is something that analysts are watching for the troops will have to buckle down and face going forward. Jack, I know the Pentagon in acts policy, but when Brett mcgurk somebody who I know from a policy standpoint seem to be in line with the Pentagon vice versa when he stepped away saying he didn't agree with the president. Did that? Show that there's a schism between the Pentagon's philosophy Syrian what the president wants to do. Sure, I think there always has been mardi that the president again has been somebody who's who's coming into office on the promise of getting troops home on strengthening America on making America. Great again, and the Pentagon is still entrenched in a lot of overseas conflicts, including some of the global war on terror conflicts that stem from the two thousand one September eleventh attacks, so it's it's going to be pushing poll again between the Pentagon that's trying to find a reasonable way to pull out of the Middle East. Get the focus back on great power conflict with China and Russia, and again, a president who wants to be able to say that ISIS was defeated and and move on. So again, that's that's going to be a tug of war going forward. Even as this pull-out accelerate Pentagon correspondent for Al monitor Jack. Thanks for the time this morning, Jack. Thank you so much sports. Six fifteen.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Pod Save the World

Pod Save the World

04:51 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Pod Save the World

"We have a two part show for you today. I Ben and I talk with a member of parliament named David lamb -i about Brexit. It is an ongoing rolling disaster much like our own government shutdown. He tries to help us understand. How would they got themselves in this position to begin with what's happening with Theresa May's plan to manage Brexit in what will come next when things likely fail? Then Ben, and I talked through a lot of the world's news first. There's the announcement from President Trump that he's going to have a second summit with Kim Jong UN in February we discussed whether that's a good idea. What the downside risk is to letting the North Koreans drag this out in how these talks came to be. Then we talk about the fact that the Israelis are now striking Ronnie and targets. In Syria seems a little risky, but there's a lot of complexities here. That are worth walking through. We talk about Brett mcgurk, the former head of the global ISIS coalition. He would not add about ISIS and Syria and the state of play there. And then finally, we conclude with Afghanistan, there was a pretty serious Taliban attack on intelligence base in Wardak province that I think speaks to the country's ability to stand up on its own after we're gone, and you know, just the state of play with the Pete talk there. So it's a great show covered a lot of ground today. And here's the conversation. David lemme. On the line from the UK is David lamb me. He's a member of parliament in the United Kingdom, and a member of the labor party in a recurring guest. Best British friend of the pot on pasta as well. That's right. David. Thank you again for joining us. Thank you. It's great. Thank you. So David unite talked in the fall when the car was kind of careening towards the edge of the cliff and this outcome seemed somewhat preordained, but I do think it's worth just for some of our listeners. Let's go quickly all the way back to the beginning here. And I think it's worth it for you to explain one more time, both why the Brexit referendum happened. And also what that Brexit referendum mandated, right because that and -ticipant this question that will get to whether or not there could be another referendum. Right. So so what are the origins of that first referendum under David Cameron? The best way to understand the fact. We had the first referendum is to for an American audience, particularly as to think about the tea party. So we had a version of tea party. And that was you Kip who kinda biting away at the traditional conservative party in the UK, and they were biting away on issues primarily around immigration, and it was kind of like an independence movement, the the idea of the UK should be independent of the European Union. And somehow we would giving the European Union lots of money pooling sovereignty with all the twenty seven countries in the European Union, and that we should get that money back and that we should go back in time. If you like to kind of empi period where Britain ruled waves Britain to you know could. Sign trade deals with the rest of the world and ten back. If you like the EU, but the real issue was immigration, David commun- foolishly in order to assuage. This tendency on the right on his right? Flank promise them a referendum. He fumed referendum would be in the brain that it would be easy. The campaign was very pool and we lost a whole set of things with set during the campaign that never evident verbal that. We would have forty trade deals on day one that it would be easy to leave the European Union that they would be begging to create a deal because we're such an important country. It would be beneficial to them. And so we find ourselves now in twenty nine teen with a really poor deal. I've gotta say the deal that threes may have striked. Maybe probably I don't know the best that we could get in the. Circumstances. But it it's a very poor deal for the UK in so many ways it's not clear we'd be able to strike car. Independent trade deal. It causes tremendous problems on the Irish border. We would be a rule take from the EU with very little say about the rules that we receive federal many reasons it's a bit of a bit of a mess..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

KDWN 720AM

02:09 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

"Brett mcgurk, the former special presidential on voice in the fight against ISIS says the announcement to withdraw American troops in Syria has created a vacuum for opposition forces mcgurk who resigned in protest over. The president's decision says ISIS has not been defeated and getting troops out of a combat zone is one of the most difficult things to do in this case, I think the entire national security team had one view and a president and a conversation with president air, John just completely reversed the policy. You know, the president has said, I think he's right. You never you never. Telegraph a punch when you're in a military campaign. You also don't telegraphy train. I've probably traveled to Syria more than any other American civilian official. I know our people in Syria. My heart is broken. We're all our thoughts are with the families and love. Punch when you're in a military campaign. You also don't telegraphy retrain, I've probably traveled to Syria more than any other American civilian official. I know our people in Syria, my heart is broken. We're all our thoughts are with the families and loved ones though, chest killed in. This campaign is serious since two thousand fifteen we have a two Americans killed in action. We built this campaign plan to answer for those who believe that we should not be over invested in these conflicts Americans are not fighting. We built a force of sixty thousand Syrians, do the fighting American taxpayers are not spending money on civilian stabilization. And reconstruction costs the coalition is doing that. So it was a sustainable campaign plan, and we had the pieces in place as we defeat the physical caliphate to begin very serious negotiation with some pretty hostile actors in Syria, including Russia, and we had worked with the Russians diplomatically, basically to draw lines on the map at the Euphrates river. And we said look you don't cross that river cross that river. We'll kill you all the minute. You say the minute you announced the world that you're leaving. Vacuum opens up and all the other powers in the region start making different calculations and we have to.

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

03:21 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"Enters weeks five President Trump offers temporary protection for some immigrants in exchange for his border wall. I want this to end now these are not talking points. But Democrats said no arguing they won't negotiate until the government reopens. We'll talk with vice President Mike Pence about that. And the president's plans for a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong UN special counsel. Robert Muller makes a rare public statement, disputing an explosive report alleging that the president water. His former attorney to lie to congress house intelligence committee, chairman, California, Democrat, Adam Schiff and Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy way and in Syria. Four Americans were killed in a suicide attack. We'll talk with Brett mcgurk, the former head of the anti ISIS campaign who resigned last month. He's now warning that the terror group is getting. New life. Plus, I will stand up for what I believe in especially when it's hard. We'll hear from New York Senator Kirsten gillibrand who spent the weekend in Iowa after announcing she's running for president. All that coming up on face the nation. Good morning and welcome to face the nation. We begin today with vice President Mike Pence and so good to have you here morning. Margaret you arrive here today with secret service agents who are with you twenty four hours a day. Are they getting paid during the shutdown? They're not at this point and eight hundred thousand federal workers are also going without pay. And if we don't have a resolution, those paychecks won't go out at the end of this week, but we also have a crisis southern border, Margaret humanitarian and security crisis is the president laid out yesterday were absolutely determined to secure the border to end the shutdown and what the president articulated yesterday. Was a good faith. Commonsense compromise where the president laid out his priorities building a physical barrier on the southern border of steel barrier. New resources for border patrol humanitarian assistance technology, but the president also announced that he'd be willing to support legislation that provides temporary relief three years of temporary legal status for. Those in the DACA program and also those who have temporary protective status it really is an effort to compromise. And we really look forward to the Senate taking this Bill Tuesday and beginning to work in not just to end this government shutdown which is a burden on the families of eight hundred thousand federal workers. But even more importantly in that to address the crisis that we face. This is a genuine attempt. Why weren't any Democrats included in the consultations for this? Well, Margaret, we we've been talking to Democrats over the last four weeks. Well, first the president's met repeatedly with democrat all the way through we could go last Wednesday. But democratic leadership says this is a nonstarter. Well, look that's that meeting in the situation room a week.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

02:20 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"Shame is over. And so are the policies that produce so much needless suffering. Carl. He was talking there specifically about the president and firing back at the policies of the president you work for Bush, forty three. But where are we on Syria right now because the president said we're going to get out right away. Then John Bolton and national security adviser to well. It depends on what happens with the Kurds. And now we hear the Pentagon is pulling out do you know where we are. No. And we have a disconnect between what I thought was an excellent speech by palm pale. He opens up by saying America is a force for good in the Middle East repudiates, the the Obama era doctrines, but there is a disconnect between that and pulling out of Syria. My hope is is our withdrawal from Syria. I've soon that the president's going to fulfill it done in an orderly fashion. But let's recognize our withdrawal empowers Russia, it empowers Iran, empires, the Syrians and the ultimate result of it may be. Iranian supported militias on the northern border of Israel, which is a Nath majoria interest in our allies got less than a minute left congresswoman, I mean, this was such a sore point. When the president said, we're gonna pull out the James Madison Defense Secretary quit over it. Now, they seem debris reshuffling. Do you understand what the policy is? No. And I don't think there's one person in the Trump administration who agrees with the policy understand that Brett mcgurk who was the special advisor dealing with the ISIS, also retired early and protests. So that's too, but I've been looking around and Carlos exactly right on who it exposes. But in addition to that there could be a Turk massacre. The Kurds who fought side by side with us, not only in Syria, but in Iraq and Israel is totally vulnerable because of this on its northern border. All right. Well, one more subject to be continued. Thank you, all panels. See you next Sunday. We'll be back with a final word. Fast is the nation's largest gig speed network. Beyond past is starting the new year. Right switched to Comcast business and get seventy five megabit internet for just forty nine ninety.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM

WIBC 93.1FM

01:57 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM

"American. Shame is over. And so are the policies that produce so much needless suffering. Carl. He was talking specifically about the president and firing back at the policies of president for Bush, forty three. But where are we on Syria right now because the president said we're going to get out right away. Then John Bolton and national security advisor to well. It depends on what happens with the Kurds and ISIS now we hear the Pentagon is pulling out do you know, where we are. No. We have a disconnect between what I thought was an excellent speech by pump pale. He opens up by saying America is a force for good in the Middle East repudiates, the the Obama era doctrines, but there is a disconnect between that and pulling this out of Syria. My hope is is in our withdrawal from Syria. I've soon that the president's going to fulfill it is done in an orderly fashion. But let's recognize our withdrawal empowers Russia in powers, Iran. Empires, the Syrians and the ultimate result of it may be. Radian supported militias on the northern border of Israel, which is an asthma to our interests, and our allies got less than a minute left congresswoman, I mean, this was such a sore point. When the president said, we're going to pull out the James Madison Defense Secretary quit over it. Now, they seem debris reshuffling. Do you understand what the policy is? No. And I don't think there's one person in the Trump administration who agrees with the policy understand that Brett mcgurk who was the special advisor dealing with the ISIS also retired early in protests. So that's too, but I've been looking around and and Carlos exactly right on who would exposes. But in addition to that there could be a Turk massacre of the Kurds who fought side by side with us, not only in Syria, but in Iraq and Israel is totally vulnerable because of this on its northern border. All right. Well, one more subject to be continued. Thank you panel. Next Sunday off.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

AM 970 The Answer

09:11 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

"CBS news, host of CBS news face the nation, Margaret, I just had to pass inane conversation. John Bolton at length about his trip on which I accompanied him along with a half dozen other journalists to Jerusalem, and Kara and Admiral Stavridis last hour, they both agree. If Turkey fires on injures American troops. Article five is triggered that is a catastrophe for NATO are. But it's also very hard to communicate that to the American people the perilous situation that exists on the ground in Syria right now. Yes. And what you described just kind of nightmare scenario how complicated and tricky. This could be if it's not already way too complicated. And tricky, I think a lot of this has been miscommunicated or just not communicated to the American public the fence that they pay attention to the fact that you know, we've had about two dozen diplomats in two thousand troops in Syria and this limited mission, but this past few days of what the national security advisor ever. The secretary of state has said with the president has said, and then what our Alex region are saying it does seem that. This message is adamant muddled, but perhaps contradictory particularly since you know, we heard as of Thursday troops are coming out from Syria after we'd heard everything was conditional upon the defeat of ISIS, so perhaps up in the past twenty four hours that meet that threshold, but that hasn't been communicated. Clearly, what's interesting is investment Bolton. Critique the media saying the endless effort find a divide within the administration is fruitless that there is no. Daylight between him and Chuck taipan pay for the president. And that the message is the same and has been the same. I'm not surprised by that criticism because I've heard in other places as well. But I was surprised when I read them the New York Times headline this morning that headline reads, Trump and Pompeo embrace autocrats and disparage opponents at home, he said, oh for God's sake and exasperated points. And it was pretty funny. Well, look, I think the former secretary of defense Gimenez and the former ISIS Brett mcgurk would day. Wait a second. It's not just the media. That was confused. I what's going on with this theory strategy, both of them resigned in protest. Wittstein policy the Akron. I'm gonna talk to the case state, Mike Pompeo on Sunday on face the nation about all of that. In terms of embrace of autocrats. I think that there wasn't a vocal criticism of the president of Egypt. When Mike Pompeo was there. He did though, you know, pinch him a bit in kind of oblique way in his speech thing, you know, he he hoped that. There is more loosening up the laws there to allow for non-governmental organizations continue to function that's a nod to the American who've been behind bars in Egypt without fully calling him out. Of course, many would like to see sharper language, particularly when Pompeo gets Saudi Arabia, and perhaps will he say anything about Jamal kashogi, the Washington Post journalist good question. Good question. Yeah. And you'll have no doubt. You will follow up on that. I also spent most of the time though, talking with ambassador Bolton about what he spent most of his time talking about. With prime minister Netanyahu and his colleague in Israel, which is Iran and Syria and Iran in Iran, and he stated quite explicitly that Israel has the right under article fifty one of the UN charter to strike at Hezbollah and at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Syria and indeed in Iran, and he did not rule out military force against Iran. And he said the president hasn't in the event that they resume Iran. Yes. Yes news. Oh, yeah. It was a lot of news. So I think this is sort of the Bill the anti Iran coalition back tour by secretary pump pale, and it certainly was by John Bolton, you agree. Well, it seems to be the rhetoric, but you know, the more confrontational language doesn't seem to be stopping Iran from doing what it's always done, including what we wanted to three was take another American prisoner. Michael white this former navy that who's been behind bars since July, or at least three other Americans there as well. Iran's also saying at wants to have ballistic missiles again, so it's not clear that giving Israel carte blanche to hit targets in Syria, which they've been given the green light for by the United States or the languages adding up to anything. It's gonna be interesting to see how it plays out. Also, it's not clear what the draw down from Syria means for challenging that Iranian presence that either national security advisor said the US was going to do if we don't have boots on the ground there, Margaret, you are such an experienced foreign correspondent, and you know, this when you read the transcript, which we will post shortly hughhewitt dot com or listen to the audio which will also be. We'll send like you. I think you will hear the ambassador say that we are poised to coordinate with Israel on strike on Iran. I was kind of taken aback that he was that blunt. Yes, now, particularly since it was, you know, the last administration speier that Israel would not coordinate with the United States that race President Obama's concerns. We'll see. I mean, certainly this kind of language is significant. I definitely want to read that transcript, and how long will you be talking with secretary Pompeii on Sunday because that will be a very important interview. It could be he'll be talking to you from the Gulf. I believe he will be in even when we do that interview. And I wanna press him on all of us because he won't be of course, in around backyard when he's in the Gulf there when asked him about the American, and I wanna ask them about all of this confusion here that we're talking about as far as Syria policy. Margaret Brennan from CBS news face the nation. Thank you. We'll be watching on Sunday as I always do on on recorded because there are few programs. You can't miss one of them is face the nation with Margaret Brennan. Thank you at Mark Brennan on Twitter as well. One eight hundred five zero one two three four what did you make of the conversation with ambassador Bolton this morning. We will post it shortly. I am just very curious. If you heard it the same way, I did which is boy is it a brand new day for Iran and America. We are back to Reagan Libya, we are back to Reagan and the Soviet Union. We are back to being very firm and very effective in our communication of our intendant to deter deter Iran from going nuclear the days of the JCP away, which is the Iran deal. Forged in ignorance by an inexperienced administration. Bent on falling into the Nixon trap. The Nixon trap is what President Obama fell into with the JCP away. The Nixon trap is where would be maker of history and grand statements does something like Nixon did when he went to Beijing in nineteen seventy two the Nixon trap is the desire for something to define your presidency. That is truly world historically relation. Changing and that is a terrible trap to fall into President Obama fell into it. He was poorly advised by Ben Rhodes and others on the national Security Council. Valerie Jarrett in the White House. I think John Kerry tried to restrain John Kerry got caught up in it fell in the Nixon trap as well. And now we're getting out of the Nixon trap, and we're doing so with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo if they serve President Trump for five more years six more years American foreign policy will hear it again. Brent in Atlanta. What did you hear this boy one eight hundred five zero one two three four? What did you hear this morning breath? Hey, are you doing great? Thank you. And you I'm doing good. Here in Atlanta. But we're open for a very short winter. Here is wonderful in California. So come join us out here. But go ahead. Question about Trump's potential declaration of the national emergency. Yes, I'm an attorney. And my question was who has standing to bring that lawsuit? If he does make that declaration, very good question. Congress has no independent standing to do. So they would have to find an individual who is injured in the implementation of it such as a landowner whose land is being taken. Build the fence. They will have standing to assert that the authority under which the president is advancing on the taking of their property is insufficient. That's that's who I think is their best plaintiff. You think? I mean, I know so many of the border counties down around the south west. I mean, they know exactly what's going on. I'm assuming they're gonna find that landowner. But it just seems to me that that's about the only way to do that. But they will find that landowner. There are a lot of landowners. They're going to find one left wing anti pro open borders person, and they're gonna find some tribes, by the way, the tribes don't want that. And there are some tribes on the board of that. Don't want the fence they're gonna soon they're gonna have an interesting couple of causes of action under sovereignty issues. But don't worry. They'll be a lawsuit my friend, the president United States. Thank you Brent has tweeting..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet

Stay Tuned with Preet

03:32 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet

"Is that the leader of the free world the president's dates the commander in chief is incompetent, look that is not the only thing I'm saying the other things of the many things that I would be saying is that we have rule of law in the United States and it works. We have an independent judiciary in the United States and it works. You know, press two we have we have a free media in the United States, and it works less well than it used to. But it still works and of journalism is very significant. You know, we we have a lot. We have hundreds of thousands of people that are pretty patriotic. They're hard working and non very well. Paid that show up every day to be in the US government. You know, what when they see something? They don't like they slow roll it or. Or they leak you remember the deep state. I'm talking about the I would call the deep bureaucracy. You know, they're not getting paid. Now, they're going to get paid. They're just there presently for a load. But I mean, it's not like they're not going to get that money. And by the way, I don't think that's acceptable. But for for the purpose of accuracy. Let's not say they're not getting federal federal workers singer emails. Yes. To in Bremmer in Bremmer. You can do that. It's too EMS. Yes to well. Let's talk about one thing that the administration has been recently and assess it in terms of importance risk, by the way. Let's let's be clear that this is the first time in the history of the firm that the United States domestically has made the list. Right. So let's talk about this one thing that that the administration has done recently in in sif, you have view on it necessite in terms of risk importance. Whether it's a product of incompetence or whatnot in what's going to happen. And that is the president waking up one day in deciding reportedly after a conversation with someone you've mentioned the president of Turkey president Don that he was gonna with. Draw all our troops out of Syria. And he was going to do it in thirty days and caused kind of a conflagration within the government and people got very upset and other people who've been more sycophantic about the president got a little bit of backbone for a minute and a half and said, some things Lindsey Graham included, and then we had the one person who many folks thought was the adult in the room, and you hear that phrase a lot about people in this government, but the secretary of defense General Mattis resigns Brett mcgurk, this special envoy resigns and now and now, of course, was going to resign a month later, let's be a month and a half later just again for accuracy. So everyone's up in arms. You have the Defense Secretary resigning in writing this letter saying that he disagreed with berries, basic, fundamental principles. And how you go about defending the country and engaging alliances with our allies. And now, even though it looks like that decision was made after competition with Erta one must have been very happy or the ones now upset. Because now it looks like based on what John Bolton has said. Nationally adviser, right, right? We're not withdrawing our troops within thirty days. And we're imposing conditions on Turkey before we withdraw troops and Trump the back somewhat. Right. So what what what's the question? What would you really want me? I want to know what the hell is going on in terms of in terms of Donald Trump, deciding to do something that a lot of people magazine. I guess I guess it's it's a way of it occurred to me while you're making the point you were making that his own incompetence and the structure of institutions saves us from his bad decision making. So that at the end of the day, we don't have the worst result. And look a lot of people think we should be bringing our troops out of lots of places where we have forever worse yet. But nobody likes that happening on a whim without consultation, and without an assessment of the consequences and the risks and bring your allies along..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Today, Explained

Today, Explained

03:34 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Today, Explained

"Now, the courage of this group that the US has partnered with on the ground since like the fight against ISIS in Syria began there are allies. And basically this kind of deal where it's like, look, we will protect you against mainly Turkey because Turkey sees the Kurds as like terrorist group because they want to form their own country and they've been fighting against the Turkish government for decades. And so we basically said, look, we will defend you. The Turks make sure that like nobody comes in and tries to knock out this like area that you're trying to establish for your country. On flipside. Like what you're going to do for us is you're gonna help us fight ISIS. And so they've been this really effective partner in fighting ISIS for us and with us in Syria. So air to one calls up Trump, just like, hey, I'm much launched this offensive against the Kurds. Which is the thing. We said we would protect the Kurds against right and Trump having long said he wants to pull out a Syria having not really, caring. Why were there? He believes we've defeated ISIS. Right. So he's like all right. Well shit. I'm not going to keep American troops there. If they're going to get in the way this offensive because you know, potentially if that happens we could get into a shooting war with Turkey who just a reminder is a US ally in NATO, and like they host our nuclear weapons there. So like that would be bad. It'd be like to really close allied countries accidentally getting a shooting war. So Trump like already wants to do this or do one basically gives them the excuse. Trump says. Yeah, this guy makes good point like ISIS defeated like on the phone says like throws his advisers insist like look why are we still they're like why are we still in Syria. We know that he was still on the phone. Yeah. It's he's going to reporting. He's still on the phone basically stops and goes. Yeah. Air to one just made a good point ISIS is basically defeated. What the hell? Are we still doing there? And like since advisors imaginer scrambling like don't God. No to stop don't ask that question right now. And he's like all right cool. So we'll pull out and apparently air to one actually like freaks out. And it's like oh shit. Okay. I was not expecting you to say, yes, how did everyone else in the region? React to it. Everyone else was zoo for freaked out to right. Like, the fact that Trump wanted to pull US troops out of Syria was not surprised, right? He's been saying this forever. He's been saying that since he was on the campaign. Like that is not a surprise the issue is that like his military advisers, including Jim Mattis have been explaining why like pulling out, right? The second is not the best idea and had convinced him. And so, you know, people knew this was kind of in the background, but nobody really knew about to happen. So Israel in particular freaked out because they really like having US forces on the ground in Syria to like fight against and pushback against Iran's influence because they don't. Ron to get like super strong in Syria, which is like right on the border with Israel. And they're like, well, wait a second. Did you run this by us like, you know, now we're looking at bigger threads? So. Yeah. A lot of people were super freaked out by this. And so you see it was rarely Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hauling up the Trump administration like you guys want to chat about this. Because what if we didn't do this? And that's what we had this kind of crazy back and forth. Starting right, right. So tell me more about that back and forth. What does it been like domestically since the decision was announced? Right. So not only did Mattis reside. We also during this period around Christmas time and New Year's Brett mcgurk who was the US special envoy to ISIS. He also resigned..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KPCC

KPCC

01:39 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on KPCC

"All US troops from Syria this morning. There is growing outrage even from the president's own allies. His announcement was greeted across the political spectrum with howls of protest and condemnation five agreed with most all of President Trump's foreign policy and national security decisions. And I have this is a deeply unpopular move with the military, and with kind of traditional hawks all that said, this is a huge strategic mistake any of the commentators that normally line up behind President Trump on foreign policy came onto FOX, why would you pull out a job halfway back to say that they had misgivings? And that they oppose the way the president. Did this believe it is a catastrophic mistake literally, no way? No understanding of all we're doing this in the Washington establishment withdrawal without success. This failure seemed to support what President Trump? Did. But it didn't end there one day after that announcement from the president Defense Secretary. Jim Mattis says he's stepping down twenty four hours later his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he was resigning on principle because of the policy differences. He had with the president CBS news has learned another senior official will resign over President Trump's decision. A couple of days later Brett mcgurk will be leaving his post a special presidential on voi- to the global coalition to counter ISIS, Bret mcgurk also resigned in protest and by the end of the weekend. The Trump administration, particularly on the foreign policy front appeared to be in disarray. Why did this decision of.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on The Lead with Jake Tapper

The Lead with Jake Tapper

03:33 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on The Lead with Jake Tapper

"A P P E R. Ziprecruiter, the smartest way to hire. Welcome back. The commander in chief seemingly contradicted. It was less than a month ago that President Trump announced an immediate pull out of US troops from Syria. We have one against ISIS. We've beaten them. They're all coming back and they coming back. Now, the decision caused Defense Secretary James Mattis and other administration officials to step down. But now, it seems President Trump's oh national security adviser John Bolton is sending a very different message to allies about when and under what conditions. The US is willing to withdraw CNN's. Michelle Kaczynski picks up the story from the State Department. President Trump's abrupt plan for quickly bringing home some two thousand troops from Syria appears to have morphed again, national security adviser, John Bolton in Israel, Sunday laying out what needs to happen. First to do. So from northeast Syria in a way, that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again, and to make sure that the defense of Israel, and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured and to take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups sound like complex conditions to meet before US troops leave Syria compare that to Trump's various pronouncements on the troop withdrawal just in the last few weeks. They're all coming back and they're coming back. Now, we one let's get out of Syria. You can't have any more time. Got enough time. We've not come out with not them. Silly. That decision came only days after his own aides told reporters ISIS had not yet been defeated and prompted the resignations of both Defense Secretary James Mattis and US on void to counter. Isis. Brett mcgurk is changing course, like a drunken sailor. Okay. There's no thought behind it. This is such a bizarre spectacle. I mean, what you're really saying a new US policy on Syria every single week we've gone from the troops. Oh, pull out. Now. The Pentagon briefed reporters as meaning within thirty days. And then the next week Trump said, no, no, they said, it'll be more like four months, and now bolt on seems to be saying they're not going to come out at all. Until those conditions are achieved which are not going to be achieved anytime soon yesterday, the president himself walked back. His initial comments about a rapid withdrawal. Removing. I never said we're doing that quickly the president's slowing down, and he's reevaluating his policies. I think this is the reality setting in that you've got to plan this out. Okay. So the president declared ISIS defeated now you have John Bolton saying, no US troops are going to have to stay in Syria until this is really defeated president said Iran now can do whatever it wants in Syria today. The secretary of state said no the US commitment to countering. Iran has absolutely not change also today. Pentagon officials are telling CNN that in order to get US troops out of Syria safely. They may I have to send an additional hundreds more. Again, they are not mentioning any kind of timeframe saying this is going to have to be based on multiple factors. Jake Kozinski at the State Department. Thank you so much pretty much every democrat and some Republicans have an opinion on whether former vice president Joe Biden should run for president. Now, a Biden member of his family is weighing in stay with us was on the..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on The Daily

The Daily

01:51 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on The Daily

"Wanna turn out of that surprise decision by President Trump to withdraw all US troops from Syria this morning. There is growing outrage even from the president's own allies. His announcement was greeted across the political spectrum with house of protests in condemnation, I've agreed with most all of President Trump's foreign policy national security decisions Donald Trump supporters tend to be across the board hawkish patriotic and pro-military all that said, this is a huge strategic mistake. This is a deeply unpopular move with the military and with kind of traditional hawks. Why is he nobody thinks that time nobody thinks is defeated many of the commentators that normally lineup behind President Trump on foreign policy came onto FOX why would you pull out a job halfway back to say that they had misgivings? And that they oppose the way the president did this. The president's decision is dangerous either leave it isn't. Data straw, fic- steak. Literally, no one no understanding of all we're doing this in the Washington establishment withdrawal without success. This failure seem to support what President Trump did. But it didn't end there one day after that announcement from the president Defense Secretary. Jim Mattis says he's stepping down twenty four hours later his Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he was resigning on principle because of the policy differences. He had with the president has learned. Another senior official will resign over President Trump's decision. A couple of days later Brett mcgurk will be leaving his post as special presidential on voi- to the global coalition to counter. Isis mcgurk also resigned in protest and by the end of the weekend. The Trump administration, particularly on the foreign policy front appeared to be in disarray..

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

12:31 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"Bruce Elliott show. Weekday mornings at nine on talkradio six eighty WCBS. He's back with you now because when it comes to the fight for truth thought never stops. Hot. Programs. Team. Buck is cleared and ready for the buck brief. Well, there's so many foolish things. This man is down. But this ranks pretty high decision that is dangerous. And a decision that is a Christmas present. Putin giving a huge Christmas present to Putin and to Iran. I couldn't disagree more with this decision. It's a terrible decision. I think this will be considered one of the worst foreign policy blunders of this century. So that was the left right before Christmas. On Trump's announcement that we're gonna we're gonna draw down in Syria. Worse. Foreign policy decision ever worst thing ever. Now that that's very that's very powerful stuff to say when you had a foreign policy establishment that has been supporting. Endless war in Afghanistan and continued US military occupation. Our military presence. I should say in Iraq. And now the expansion of that to include Syria. I I reject these notions that and I want to get into Syria detail with you in a moment here. But I reject this idea that I'm seeing bandied about that. We can turn Iraq and Afghanistan into more or less what we have with South Korea with okay now in Japan and Germany point to these places where in the aftermath of a war. We set up a major US military base. Here's here's the problem for that analogy, we're not in the aftermath of wars we're in ongoing conflict zones. And you have a military base in an ongoing conflict zone is a very different thing. We even if we are temporarily the guests of the host country, we may not be welcome in the host country over the long term. And in the short term, there are real risks. If you go back and read about Reagan's military intervention was part of a multinational coalition. You know, you have a lotta eerie deja vu about US military interventions in the Middle East. And as I told you I mean, how many people will discuss this on their radio shows very few. But the French were bombing Damascus back in the nineteen twenties. That. In the early days of airplanes, were well, it's one of the first things the fresh air force is doing the bombing Damascus trying to put down a revolt there back in and British and French bread. British and French control of the region. Going back to Sykes PICO the sites PICO agreement after World War One, so a Jihadist in their propaganda will still they'll talk about the Balfour, declaration and Sykes PICO. You know, this all blooms very large in that part of the world here. I think people generally drop this stuff off the radar pretty quickly. But there's just no apt comparison between what's going on with our military presence in the Middle East, and what happened after the Korean war the second World War. And I think that we law ourselves into a false sense of security by not really assessing the dangers that we face properly. We thought we were able to be a stabilizing presence in Lebanon until Hezbollah had had a suicide bomber drive a truck full of explosives into a US marine barracks and kill over two hundred of our of our marines. A number of. Number of navy casualties beyond beyond the marines as well. That's that can happen in a date. That's not going to happen in South Korea. It's not gonna happen in Germany. It could happen in Afghanistan. And it definitely could happen in in in Syria. So that's I think, you know, which obviously right next door to Lebanon. So that's one consideration that we need to establish that right away. But also the hysteria around Trump's decision here and the unwillingness to deal with the realities of what the so-called smart set consensus, or the, you know, the foreign policy establishment. However, you want to direct it and the people think they know a lot about foreign policy. Many of them were in favour Brett mcgurk ease. I I don't know him. But I some of the people that I trust the most that still are on the national security side, they say the guys kind of a grand standard. And it's really all about the the, you know, the way the meteor refers to Brett mcgurk he's gonna get he's going to be on the fifty thousand one hundred dollars probably fifty thousand dollar lecture circuit. Lecture circuit here for a while. And he's going to be an anti-trump or who resigned. And it's a it's a good brand move for him to leave at this point. Now are there real concerns over the Kurds and over what's, of course? But guess what Trump is now taking those concerns into account when he announced this. I was saying to you on this show. I wrote it on Twitter as well. I think he's right in the grand scheme of things. Trump's decision not to create this permanent US military presence in Syria, or semi whatever. The you know, nothing's ever permanent. Right. So we we can quibble we can get into the semantics here. Oh, it's just you know, we're staying for a while. Okay. Well, if you're gonna stay for ten years, it feels pretty permanent to be. When was the last time? We just said, hey, we're going to take a military base in. Well. Yeah. Yeah. We did we we changed our presence in Saudi Arabia because of the pressure. We were under the you know to stay in Saudi Arabia's security concerns. And and the fact that the Middle East. I mean, if you look at bin Laden in the early in the early days of bin Laden's manifestos people forget about this now, but it was US military presence in Saudi Arabia. That was getting this guy. So hot and bothered. So you look at this decision that that Trump at all ever was just always the worst decision ever. He's getting guarantees of security for the Kurds. He's slowing it down. So now, it's going to take about one hundred twenty days, and that is important on its own because tells you how entrenched we really are. You know, this isn't like all right, everybody like pack up the trucks hop on a few up on a few Blackhawks and get out of dodge. No, this is a we got a real infrastructure in place in Syria. Now. I've opposed this stretching back to I think I wrote a national review a piece titled Assad an Arab problem in twenty twelve where I was like what we should not have you. We should not have boots on the ground in Syria is a bad idea for x y and z reasons, and I think that was what I thought almost now going on seven years ago. So I'm not new to this. Let's not make Syria. Another another Iraq like situation. I've I've tried to be at least I mean to be principal on foreign policy is to be consistent on foreign policy means that you're not taking new information into account. Right. You're going to be changing with the realities on the ground as much as you can. But Jimmy principle. This is I think important because ultimately this is about US security and about making sure that we don't have troop commitments that we should not have that. We don't have people that are put our people put in harm's way for a fight. That's not their fight. Which is now that the Islamic state has been effectively suppressed, I won't say defeated or radical suppressed. We can have that discussion about what comes next and who should be doing that fighting. And I think it's an important one for us all to to focus on. But think about what the alternative was here. Think about the alternative, and that is if the foreign policy elites get what they want on Syria. It would mean that we stay. And now we're committed to trying to get a political settlement. What what what what does that political settlement? Look what look like you have Assad with Russian and Iranian backing in control of a vast majority of the Syrian population. It can be a little disorienting when you look at a map of Syria, and you see the areas of the Kurds control most of what they control this desert with some roads, connecting some villages. There's not a lot of major popularly the population centers, Damascus Aleppo Hama homes, you know, all these different. Latakia? I mean, these are places that the regime the Assad regime controls, and that's where people live. So the population is already overwhelmingly under under the control of the Assad regime, and that's not going to change. There is no world. There's no future in which we are going to get Assad to step down. We're going to get a elections to be held or the Assad one Assad had managed to outlast and therefore defeat the anti Assad resistance in Syria that is reality and that the Russians and the Iranians rushed in pardon the word play and backed him at a critical moment to prevent them from overrunning him. That's now just history that happened that was under the Obama administration's watch. We can't change that to think that now this late in the game. We are going to have some kind of leverage these Assad regime to push for. A political settlement. That says what? Full Kurdish autonomy in these areas is not acceptable, the Turks the Turks will completely freak out about that. So what what do we really think this political with the free Syrian army, or, you know, the this whatever the acronym that they're using Ford is now, but the resistance, essentially, it's mostly Kurdish fighters still, so there's not a sufficient SUNY Arab force to take on the Assad regime in any meaningful way. And we don't want them to you know, we're we're not looking for because that's just perpetuates a civil war. So this is what nobody wants to say. Assad won the Iranians are there to stay the Russians are there to say the Russians had a base naval base at our twos. Long before we were even getting involved in or long before there was a Syrian civil war. None of that's going to change. So what do we really think are are no end in sight presence gives us in Syria. Help suppresses the Islamic state while we're hoping the Kurdish fighters will suppress the Islamic state. We can still give them air cover. In fact, we've had a number of airstrikes since Trump made the announcement. They've accelerated airstrikes as part of the plan US withdrawal of troops. So if we get guarantees of safety for the Kurds, the Kurds have already said that they're reaching out. I know we're getting deep in the weeds here. But some of you, look this is important issue. Really know what you have to really dig into it. Otherwise, it's just otherwise it's the idiocy of Nancy Pelosi. They Putin the Christmas president isn't as I know the first thing about any of this stuff. I think it was Pelosi who said not too long ago the road the piece runs through Damascus right before the Syrian civil war killed half a million people. So she doesn't know she's no squat. Not a deep thinker on these issues at all. But as you could hear from that sound bite. We came in with. Oh, yeah. That's right. Series or the. Christmas present for Putin was the law, and the Democrats were all going with, you know, it's important to think critically about these issues. They they matter we have Americans who are in harm's way. And we don't we don't want to allow this area to become a launch pad for jihadists to try to attack us and blow us up all over the world again, but we also can't build everyone else's society for them. They won't let us do it. Although I'm concerned no-one's thinking about this right now. I don't think the Iraqis are going to let it stay that long. Everyone just assumes that our presence in Iraq is also welcome. That's a. That status of forces agreement or that, you know that okay?.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Worldly

Worldly

04:22 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Worldly

"The Kurds aligning with an American enemy Assad and his running backers. To protect the Kurds against another American ally. The Turks this is not what America wants its allies at each other's throats and the American presence was explicitly according to Pompeo designed to prevent that. And align everybody against also and run, but. Oops. So this brings up important question, which is was the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. A good one I feel like we've been outlining the case against for most of this episode, which is that you're abandoning American allies and harming the geopolitical situation from an American point of view in Syria. But that's not the only way to think about this the way I feel about this is that look we needed to get out of Syria. Eventually we were never really committed there. Anyway, Obama essentially lost Syria. Right. Obama made the decision not to heavily intervene in Syrian civil war. Like, you said earlier, Alex Awsat is largely one that civil war, though, we've paid, you know, a lot of lip service to countering Iran and the regime in practice. It's actually been really focused. The US effort has been really focused on almost explicitly just fighting ISIS. Isis has largely been defeated. They are still a remnant presence, which is very concerning. I think in general pulling out of Syria is venture. Is a good idea. I think for me the way that we did it the way that we made this announcement abruptly without apparently thinking through how that was draw would actually go talking allies, making sure everybody was on board with how this was going to go. That was the cluster. Fuck it could have been done a lot better. I think now we're saying the Trump administration can backtracking go. Well, we're not sure how long it's gonna take. So that that's my take on this. Yeah. I mean, the roll out to use the correct word. It was a cluster. Fuck. I talked to senior officials from across the government. No one knew what was happening. What was next? So it was very clear that this was as impulsive as trumping on the phone call saying withdrawing, right? Just to add really quickly Brett mcgurk who is the US on voi- to the fight against ISIS. Right. He literally go few days a week before Trump made. This announcement had basically been on camera talking to reporters saying it would be, you know, I'm paraphrasing, but it would be a foolish to pull out into announced. They were withdrawing we have a lot of work to do. Of course, we're not. Pulling out and the temples out regardless Welsh it onto exactly I have two thoughts on this. The first being as shitty as it is telling the Kurds would defend them and then getting out. There was always true that the US Kurdish alliance was one of convenience out of long term strategic value in the Middle East in the sense that the US and the allied to defeat ISIS, and possibly Assad, but that's not really really and the notion that the US is going to keep two thousand troops indefinitely or someone amount of troops indefinitely in Syria to defend them without congressional authorization without really American approval is folly that was never going to be the case that American approval point that really really gets me right is the lasted ministrations have just sent troops into Syria because they can there are cited legal justifications. There are some arguments, but I kind of descendant of al-qaeda al-qaeda tact. On nine eleven. We have the war authorisation for that. Right. The authorization for use military force shady. But also not gonna stop anyone not gonna stop the president from sending troops. That's the problem is that the president shouldn't be able to just keep troops wherever whenever under the pretext of fighting terrorist group that is not even remotely related to nine eleven which is what the legal detectors is supposed to cover here and Trump this is obviously done in terrible fashion. But there needed to be some pullback on the president and the executive in the military staying in countries forever without any clear metrics or clear rationale explanations. If we're gonna have US troops. Right. We're Americans, right. If we're gonna have American soldiers and airmen and etcetera marines on the ground defending a future Kurdish state than that argument needs to be put to the American people, right?.

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"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Buzz Burbank News and Comment

Buzz Burbank News and Comment

01:32 min | 3 years ago

"brett mcgurk" Discussed on Buzz Burbank News and Comment

"This is scary Virginia's Mark Warner was not alone. Our European allies were once again alarmed by the Trump administration. British officials calling it deeply disturbing alarm also from Germany and Israel, the UK's defense minister called Mattis, trusted by our allies. Feared by our foes, the most impressive military mind. I've had the honor to know Jim wrote Tobias Ellwood our world will be less safe. Without you. US allies are afraid that their alliances are falling apart, and that ISIS terror will spread without a strong US presence, and that US foreign policy is being driven by one man one very undependable, man. Following Mattis out the door was the US arm voi- to every foreign country on the world willing to fight ISIS. Brett mcgurk quit right after Mattis end for the same reason. Trump's decision to pull out of Syria, a decision described as scary and deeply disturbing. After those departures Trump tweeted that matters would be out to full months earlier than previously announced Trump was kicking Mattis out early for saying bad things about him buried on a long and boring letter. Trump had finally seen on TV the parts of Madison's letter. He hadn't read and ordered Mattis out the door the country heralded as the most powerful on earth had for more than a week. No Defense Secretary at all the new guys started Tuesday promising to carry out Trump's vision at the Pentagon, what other choice would he have?.

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Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria

Garret Lewis

00:42 sec | 3 years ago

Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria

"Call early Sunday morning, saying the president was forcing them out two months early robbing Madison the opportunity to attend NATO ministerial meetings in Brussels and testified before congress officials say the president was annoyed by Madison's resignation letter criticizing the president's foreign policy Brett mcgurk the president's top on the ISIS fight moved up his resignation to the end of this year. Just this month mcgurk said publicly the US would not be pulling out of Syria. That's FOX's Lucas Tomlinson at the Pentagon with Christmas on a Tuesday today. Christmas Eve is a federal holiday box. Jared Halpern is one of a few people kicking around the capital today about the house and Senate will gavel in today. They'll be quick pro forma sessions, no debater votes.

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Trump tweets about Mattis, Syria withdrawal and McGurk exit

WBZ Morning News

00:22 sec | 3 years ago

Trump tweets about Mattis, Syria withdrawal and McGurk exit

"Nine oh nine President Trump tweeting about resigning members of his administration last night. The president tweeted that he gave Defense Secretary James Mattis a second chance when some thought that he shouldn't. And then he said that he doesn't even know. Bama appointed special envoy Brett mcgurk both are leaving over the decision to pull US military troops out

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Brett McGurk, special envoy for coalition to defeat ISIS, resigns in protest of Syria decision

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00:23 sec | 3 years ago

Brett McGurk, special envoy for coalition to defeat ISIS, resigns in protest of Syria decision

Top U.S. envoy in ISIS fight resigns

THINK! America

00:29 sec | 3 years ago

Top U.S. envoy in ISIS fight resigns

"Are to blame. Brett mcgurk the US envoy to the global coalition fighting ISIS resigned in protest over president. Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. Macur joins Defense Secretary Gimenez in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. Fox's Jillian Turner Mattis. Other top military brass believe withdrawal is a betrayal of the Kurds in Syria Syrian democratic forces US military leaders believe they'll be left for slaughter after the US

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What do Iraq’s election results mean for the United States?

Morning Edition

02:06 min | 4 years ago

What do Iraq’s election results mean for the United States?

"That up to the sutter the shia cleric who fought against us forces will have a big role in choosing the prime minister now he's likely to team up with the current prime minister hydro abbadi who the us thought would actually win this his party came in third and then there's the iranian backed militias they have the second highest number of seats and then there are a lot of other parties so there are a lot of political meetings going on the kurds have come to baghdad there's former prime minister maliki waiting in the wings a lot of bargaining going on so we know solder because he led the mekki army that fought us soldiers in the streets of baghdad the battle of solder city was one of the bloodiest battles of iraq war so he's gonna play this big role in the new iraqi government what happens to the us presence in iraq well that's what we've all been wondering so i sat down with his spokesman shell salah abadie and he points out that sutter actually backed about his government the last government that included agreements on us troops so let's listen to a bit of that if the americans yet in order to train the iraqis help iraqis according to certain details accepted from both countries it is accepted for cinema this southern so he's basically saying that if they're in place which have been accepted by iraqi prime minister that cetera himself will have a role in choosing he's not going to object to us troops here now the say it in front of his name refers to the fact that he's a descendant of the prophet muhammad and he comes from a revered family of shia religious scholars he actually studied and around but in recent years he's distanced himself and shale has spokesman also said that he not only resists what was the us occupation he is going to make sure that iran does not interfere in forming a government so meanwhile an important ios officials in baghdad right now white house on voi brett mcgurk i would think that the americans would not want to send mcgurk at this moment when the iraqi government's trying to figure out what it wants to be what's he doing.

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