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ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN. AND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE OF AND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP’S WITDLYDELY CRITIC DONALD TRUMP’S WITDLYDELY CRITIC FOREIGN POLICY DECISION. FOREIGN POLICY DECISION.>>THE “NEW YORK TIMES” IS>>THE “NEW YORK TIMES” IS REPORTING, CITING MULTIPLE REPORTING, CITING MULTIPLE MILITARY AND COUNTER-TERRORISM MILITARY AND COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICIALS QUOTE FOR MONTHS OFFICIALS QUOTE FOR MONTHS INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS HAD KEPT INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS HAD KEPT MR. TRUMP APPRISED OF WHAT HE MR. TRUMP APPRISED OF WHAT HE HAD SET AS A TOP PRIORITY, THE HAD SET AS A TOP PRIORITY, THE HUNT FOR MR. AL-BAGHDADI, THE HUNT FOR MR. AL-BAGHDADI, THE WORLD’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST. WORLD’S MOST WANTED TERRORIST. BUT MR. TRUMP’S ABRUPT BUT MR. TRUMP’S ABRUPT WITHDRAWAL ORDER FROM NORTHEAST WITHDRAWAL ORDER FROM NORTHEAST SYRIA THREE WEEKS AGO DISRUPTED SYRIA THREE WEEKS AGO DISRUPTED THE METICULOUS PLANNING UNDER THE METICULOUS PLANNING UNDER WAY, AND FORCED PENTAGON WAY, AND FORCED PENTAGON OFFICIALS TO SPEED UP THE PLAN OFFICIALS TO SPEED UP THE PLAN FOR THE RISKY NIGHT RAID BEFORE FOR THE RISKY NIGHT RAID BEFORE THEIR ABILITY TO CONTROL TROOPS, THEIR ABILITY TO CONTROL TROOPS, SPIES AND RECONNAISSANCE SPIES AND RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT DISAPPEARED WITH THE AIRCRAFT DISAPPEARED WITH THE PULL-OUT. PULL-OUT. MR. AL-BAGHDADI’S DEATH AND THE MR. AL-BAGHDADI’S DEATH AND THE RAID ON SATURDAY, THEY SAID, RAID ON SATURDAY, THEY SAID, OCCURRED LARGELY IN SPITE OF, OCCURRED LARGELY IN SPITE OF, AND NOT BECAUSE OF, MR. TRUMP’S AND NOT BECAUSE OF, MR. TRUMP’S ACTIONS. ACTIONS. THOSE ACTIONS INCLUDE ALLOWING THOSE ACTIONS INCLUDE ALLOWING THE FORMALLY U.S. BACKED KURDS THE FORMALLY U.S. BACKED KURDS TO DEFEND FOR THEMSELVES AGAINST TO DEFEND FOR THEMSELVES AGAINST THE MAJOR TURKISH ASSAULT. THE MAJOR TURKISH ASSAULT. HOWEVER AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAID HOWEVER AMERICAN OFFICIALS SAID THE KURDS CONTINUED TO PROVIDE THE KURDS CONTINUED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE CIA ON MR. INFORMATION TO THE CIA ON MR. AL-BAGHDADI’S INFORMATION AFTER AL-BAGHDADI’S INFORMATION AFTER TRUMP’S BETRAYAL AND THE KURDS TRUMP’S BETRAYAL AND THE KURDS PROVIDED MORE INTELLIGENCE THAN PROVIDED MORE INTELLIGENCE THAN ANY SINGLE COUNTRY FOR THE RAID. ANY SINGLE COUNTRY FOR THE RAID. IN A TWEET, THE SYRIAN IN A TWEET, THE SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES CALL IT A DEMOCRATIC FORCES CALL IT A FIVE-MONTH JOINT OPERATION, FIVE-MONTH JOINT OPERATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP THANKED THE PRESIDENT TRUMP THANKED THE KURDS AFTER HE THANKED THE KURDS AFTER HE THANKED THE RUSSIANS. RUSSIANS.>>I WANT TO THANK THE NATIONS>>I WANT TO THANK THE NATIONS OF RUSSIA, TURKEY, SYRIA, AND OF RUSSIA, TURKEY, SYRIA, AND IRAQ AND THE SYRIAN KURDS FOR IRAQ AND THE SYRIAN KURDS FOR CERTAIN SUPPORT THEY WERE ABLE CERTAIN SUPPORT THEY WERE ABLE TO GIVE US. TO GIVE US.>>YOU CAN TELL US WHAT ROLE THE>>YOU CAN TELL US WHAT ROLE THE KURDS PLAYED IN THIS GENERALLY. KURDS PLAYED IN THIS GENERALLY.>>THEY GAVE US NOT A MILITARY>>THEY GAVE US NOT A MILITARY ROLE AT ALL BUT THEY GAVE US ROLE AT ALL BUT THEY GAVE US SOME INFORMATION THAT TURNED OUT SOME INFORMATION THAT TURNED OUT TO BE HELPFUL. TO BE HELPFUL. THE KURDS. THE KURDS. THE KURDS HAVE WORKED ALONG THE KURDS HAVE WORKED ALONG INCREDIBLY WITH US. INCREDIBLY WITH US. BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS IT WAS MUCH BUT IN ALL FAIRNESS IT WAS MUCH EASIER DEALING WITH THE KURDS EASIER DEALING WITH THE KURDS AFTER THEY WENT THROUGH THREE AFTER THEY WENT THROUGH THREE DAYS OF FIGHTING. DAYS OF FIGHTING. BECAUSE THAT WAS A BRUTAL THREE BECAUSE THAT WAS A BRUTAL THREE DAYS. DAYS.>>DAVID IGNATIUS, WE WILL LET>>DAVID IGNATIUS, WE WILL LET YOU TAKE IT FROM THERE. YOU TAKE IT FROM THERE. YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW THIS, YOU YOU OBVIOUSLY KNOW THIS, YOU HAVE BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES, HAVE BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES, AND YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT AND YOU JUST HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED, AND I’M SURE YOU WHAT HAPPENED, AND I’M SURE YOU KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANY OF US, KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANY OF US, THE HEROES WERE ONCE AGAIN THE THE HEROES WERE ONCE AGAIN THE KURDS, WHO DID QUITE A BIT MORE KURDS, WHO DID QUITE A BIT MORE THAN WHAT DONALD TRUMP SAID FROM THAN WHAT DONALD TRUMP SAID FROM ALL REPORTS AND ALSO OUR SPECIAL ALL REPORTS AND ALSO OUR SPECIAL FORCES, OUR U.S. TROOPS, MEN AND FORCES, OUR U.S. TROOPS, MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM OVER THERE, WOMEN IN UNIFORM OVER THERE, YOU’VE SEEN THEM, THEY ARE THE YOU’VE SEEN THEM, THEY ARE THE BEST THAT THERE IS. BEST THAT THERE IS.>>WELL, JOE, AND MIKA, LET’S>>WELL, JOE, AND MIKA, LET’S START THERE. START THERE. THE SOLDIERS WHO DO THESE THE SOLDIERS WHO DO THESE OPERATIONS, THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS, THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, DRAWN OPERATIONS FORCES, DRAWN PRIMARILY FROM THE ARMY, BUT PRIMARILY FROM THE ARMY, BUT ALSO FROM OTHER SERVICES, ARE ALSO FROM OTHER SERVICES, ARE JUST THE BEST AT FIGHTING, THE JUST THE BEST AT FIGHTING, THE BEST FIGHTING FORCE IN THE BEST FIGHTING FORCE IN THE WORLD. WORLD. THEY OPERATE JUST AS A TEMPO, THEY OPERATE JUST AS A TEMPO, AND LOCATIONS, THAT ARE AND LOCATIONS, THAT ARE DIFFICULT, IN A WAY THAT NOBODY DIFFICULT, IN A WAY THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN. ELSE CAN. THEY ALSO WORK WELL IN OTHER THEY ALSO WORK WELL IN OTHER PARTNER NATIONS WHICH TYPICALLY PARTNER NATIONS WHICH TYPICALLY DON’T WANT TO BE DISCLOSED, BUT DON’T WANT TO BE DISCLOSED, BUT IT’S BEEN WIDELY REPORTED THAT IT’S BEEN WIDELY REPORTED THAT FRANCE AND BRITAIN HAVE SOME FRANCE AND BRITAIN HAVE SOME FORCES THAT HAVE DONE SIMILAR FORCES THAT HAVE DONE SIMILAR OPERATIONS. OPERATIONS. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS WAR, SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS WAR, GOING BACK TO 2014, OUR SPECIAL GOING BACK TO 2014, OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES HAVE CONDUCTED OPERATIONS FORCES HAVE CONDUCTED BASICALLY NIGHTLY ATTACKS ON BASICALLY NIGHTLY ATTACKS ON ISIS TARGETS. ISIS TARGETS. THEY HAVE KILLED IN THE THEY HAVE KILLED IN THE THOUSANDS, PROBABLY TENS OF THOUSANDS, PROBABLY TENS OF THOUSANDS, USING DRONES, JET THOUSANDS, USING DRONES, JET FIGHTERS OVERHEAD, AND OTHER FIGHTERS OVERHEAD, AND OTHER MEANS OF ATTACK. MEANS OF ATTACK. JUST STEADY, RELENTLESS JUST STEADY, RELENTLESS DEGRADATION OF THE ENEMY. DEGRADATION OF THE ENEMY. ALL ALONG, THE EFFORT WAS TO ALL ALONG, THE EFFORT WAS TO TARGET AL-BAGHDADI THE LEADER. TARGET AL-BAGHDADI THE LEADER. AND ONE OF THE IRONIES OF THE AND ONE OF THE IRONIES OF THE OPERATION THAT WAS ANNOUNCED OPERATION THAT WAS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY BY THE PRESIDENT IS YESTERDAY BY THE PRESIDENT IS THAT IT HAD TO BE SPEEDED UP, THAT IT HAD TO BE SPEEDED UP, BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS, IN MANY PEOPLE’S VIEW, HIS, IN MANY PEOPLE’S VIEW, HASTY PULLOUT OF THE U.S. FORCES HASTY PULLOUT OF THE U.S. FORCES FROM SYRIA. FROM SYRIA. I’M TOLD BY MY SOURCES THAT IT I’M TOLD BY MY SOURCES THAT IT WAS DAYS OR WEEKS THAT THEY HAD WAS DAYS OR WEEKS THAT THEY HAD TO GET THIS DONE. TO GET THIS DONE. BECAUSE WE WERE LOSING OUR BECAUSE WE WERE LOSING OUR PLATFORMS. PLATFORMS. WE WERE LOSING OUR ABILITY TO DO WE WERE LOSING OUR ABILITY TO DO AN OPERATION OF THIS AN OPERATION OF THIS SOPHISTICATION. SOPHISTICATION. SO THAT’S ONE IRONY. SO THAT’S ONE IRONY. A SECOND IS THAT THE SYRIAN A SECOND IS THAT THE SYRIAN KURDS, SO-CALLED SYRIAN KURDS, SO-CALLED SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES, CONTINUED TO DEMOCRATIC FORCES, CONTINUED TO ACT IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH ACT IN CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES, EVEN AFTER WE THE UNITED STATES, EVEN AFTER WE HAD ANNOUNCED EFFECTIVELY A HAD ANNOUNCED EFFECTIVELY A BETRAYAL OF THEM, LEAVING THEM BETRAYAL OF THEM, LEAVING THEM TO THEIR ENEMIES THE TURK, SEE TO THEIR ENEMIES THE TURK, SEE YOU LATER, CHARLIE, EVEN THEN, YOU LATER, CHARLIE, EVEN THEN, THEY CONTINUED TO PROVIDE THE THEY CONTINUED TO PROVIDE THE KIND OF INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER KIND OF INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER SUPPORT THAT MADE THIS OPERATION SUPPORT THAT MADE THIS OPERATION POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE. SO IT’S JUST A RARE PARTNERSHIP, SO IT’S JUST A RARE PARTNERSHIP, YOU JUST HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR YOU JUST HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR PEOPLE WHO EVEN WHEN THEY IN PEOPLE WHO EVEN WHEN THEY IN EFFECT HAVE GOTTEN KICKED STILL EFFECT HAVE GOTTEN KICKED STILL ARE WILLING TO HELP YOU OUT. ARE WILLING TO HELP YOU OUT. FINAL POINT THAT I WOULD MAKE, FINAL POINT THAT I WOULD MAKE, YOU MADE IT EARLIER, BUT THE YOU MADE IT EARLIER, BUT THE TONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TONE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REMARKS, IT IS A GREAT DAY FOR REMARKS, IT IS A GREAT DAY FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN THIS RAID, EVERYBODY INVOLVED IN THIS RAID, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE SOME AND PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS, HATS OFF TO HIM TOUGH DECISIONS, HATS OFF TO HIM FOR THAT, BUT TO CALL THESE FOR THAT, BUT TO CALL THESE ADVERSARIES, AND SAY THEY DIED ADVERSARIES, AND SAY THEY DIED LIKE A DOG, AND THAT KIND OF LIKE A DOG, AND THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE, IT IS INFLAMMATORY, LANGUAGE, IT IS INFLAMMATORY, BUT IT IS SO IN CONTRAST TO WHAT BUT IT IS SO IN CONTRAST TO WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS BRIEF FAIRLY DRY NINE-MINUTE BRIEF FAIRLY DRY NINE-MINUTE ACCOUNT OF THE KILLING OF OSAMA ACCOUNT OF THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. BIN LADEN. THERE IS A FASCINATING PASSAGE THERE IS A FASCINATING PASSAGE IN A BOOK BY BEN RHODES, MR. IN A BOOK BY BEN RHODES, MR. PRESIDENT WOULD YOU LIKE TOE PRESIDENT WOULD YOU LIKE TOE DISPLAY MORE FOOTAGE OF OSAMA DISPLAY MORE FOOTAGE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN’S BODY, HIS BURIAL, ET BIN LADEN’S BODY, HIS BURIAL, ET CETERA, AND TRUMP TURNED TO HIM CETERA, AND TRUMP TURNED TO HIM AND SAID, AND WE ARE NOT GOING AND SAID, AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO SPIKE THE FOOTBALL. TO SPIKE THE FOOTBALL. USED THAT EXACT PHRASE. USED THAT EXACT PHRASE. SO IN THIS CASE, YOU HAVE MORE SO IN THIS CASE, YOU HAVE MORE OF THAT TAKING CREDIT, SPIKING OF THAT TAKING CREDIT, SPIKING THE FOOTBALL, AND IT MAY COME THE FOOTBALL, AND IT MAY COME BACK TO HURT US BUT IN ALL AN BACK TO HURT US BUT IN ALL AN OPERATION WHERE WE HAD OPERATION WHERE WE HAD INCREDIBLE SUPPORT. INCREDIBLE SUPPORT.>>MIKE BARNICLE, YOU WANT TO>>MIKE BARNICLE, YOU WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT. FOLLOW UP ON THAT.>>AND OFF OF WHAT DAVID SAID,>>AND OFF OF WHAT DAVID SAID, INEVITABLY, JOE, THERE IS GOING INEVITABLY, JOE, THERE IS GOING TO BE AN AUTOPSY, JOURNALISTIC, TO BE AN AUTOPSY, JOURNALISTIC, FORENSIC AUTOPSY OF THIS EVENT FORENSIC AUTOPSY OF THIS EVENT OVER THE WEEKEND AND FIND OUT A OVER THE WEEKEND AND FIND OUT A LOT MORE DETAILS ABOUT IT. LOT MORE DETAILS ABOUT IT. ONE OF THE DETAILS WE’RE GOING ONE OF THE DETAILS WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT ABOUT IS THE TO FIND OUT ABOUT IS THE PRESIDENT’S USAGE OF LANGUAGE TO PRESIDENT’S USAGE OF LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE HOW AL-BAGHDADI DIED, DESCRIBE HOW AL-BAGHDADI DIED, CRYING, WIMPERING, RUNNING, CRYING, WIMPERING, RUNNING, DYING LIKE A DOG. DYING LIKE A DOG. YESTERDAY IN SPEAKING WITH TWO YESTERDAY IN SPEAKING WITH TWO PEOPLE, BOTH WITH COMBAT PEOPLE, BOTH WITH COMBAT EXPERIENCE IN THE PENTAGON, THE EXPERIENCE IN THE PENTAGON, THE IDEA THAT HE COULD HEAR THIS, OR IDEA THAT HE COULD HEAR THIS, OR THAT SOMEONE TOLD HIM THIS, THAT SOMEONE TOLD HIM THIS, GIVEN THE CHAOS AND THE NOISE GIVEN THE CHAOS AND THE NOISE AND CONFUSION OF A CLOSE AND CONFUSION OF A CLOSE QUARTERS FIREFIGHT, THAT CLEARLY QUARTERS FIREFIGHT, THAT CLEARLY HAPPENED, IT’S GOING TO BE HAPPENED, IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO FIND OUT EXACTLY INTERESTING TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW HE PICKED OUT THESE SOUNDS HOW HE PICKED OUT THESE SOUNDS AND THESE WORDS AND SUPPOSEDLY AND THESE WORDS AND SUPPOSEDLY UTTERED BY AL-BAGHDADI. UTTERED BY AL-BAGHDADI.>>I MEAN JONATHAN, THE>>I MEAN JONATHAN, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WAS ASKED SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WAS ASKED AND SAID NO, I DIDN’T HEAR THAT, AND SAID NO, I DIDN’T HEAR THAT, I HAD NO INFORMATION ON THAT. I HAD NO INFORMATION ON THAT.>>YES, HE TRIED TO COVER FOR>>YES, HE TRIED TO COVER FOR THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT. SUGGESTING THAT MAYBE HE SPOKE SUGGESTING THAT MAYBE HE SPOKE TO SOME OF THE COMMANDERS ON THE TO SOME OF THE COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND AND WAS TOLD THAT WAY BUT GROUND AND WAS TOLD THAT WAY BUT YOU’RE RIGHT HE DID NOT VERIFY YOU’RE RIGHT HE DID NOT VERIFY THAT AT ALL. THAT AT ALL. AND TO THE POINT, THE FIRST FEW AND TO THE POINT, THE FIRST FEW MINUTES OF THE PRESIDENT’S MINUTES OF THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, SORT OF ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, SORT OF SOUNDED LIKE ONE OF, ONE OF HIS SOUNDED LIKE ONE OF, ONE OF HIS PREDECESSORS COULD HAVE GIVEN PREDECESSORS COULD HAVE GIVEN BUT IT WASN’T IN THE NINE BUT IT WASN’T IN THE NINE MINUTES THAT BARACK OBAMA SPOKE, MINUTES THAT BARACK OBAMA SPOKE, VERY SOMBERLY ABOUT OSAMA BIN VERY SOMBERLY ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH, THIS TURNED INTO LADEN’S DEATH, THIS TURNED INTO A 48-MINUTE FREE-WILLING NEWS A 48-MINUTE FREE-WILLING NEWS CONFERENCE. CONFERENCE. THAT FELT LIKE ANY OTHER TRUMP THAT FELT LIKE ANY OTHER TRUMP EVENT. EVENT. HE TOOK A SHOT AT DEMOCRATS. HE TOOK A SHOT AT DEMOCRATS. FEELING HE COULDN’T TRUST THEM FEELING HE COULDN’T TRUST THEM NOT TO LEAK DETAILS OF THE NOT TO LEAK DETAILS OF THE OPERATIONS. OPERATIONS. HE TOOK A SHOT AT THE EUROPEAN HE TOOK A SHOT AT THE EUROPEAN ALLIES SAYING THEY WERE NOT ALLIES SAYING THEY WERE NOT DOING ENOUGH IN THE REGION. DOING ENOUGH IN THE REGION. THE UNITED STATES HAD TO DO IT THE UNITED STATES HAD TO DO IT ALONE. ALONE. HE GAVE OVER AND OVER, HE GAVE HE GAVE OVER AND OVER, HE GAVE PRAISE TO RUSSIA FOR HELPING, PRAISE TO RUSSIA FOR HELPING, FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE BECAUSE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY LET AMERICAN HELICOPTERS THEY LET AMERICAN HELICOPTERS AND AIRCRAFT GO OVER AND AIRCRAFT GO OVER RUSSIAN-CONTROLLED AIR SPACE. RUSSIAN-CONTROLLED AIR SPACE. IT BECAME AN ATTEMPT TO JUST IT BECAME AN ATTEMPT TO JUST UNLEASH MORE AND MORE UNLEASH MORE AND MORE GRIEVANCES, AS IF HE WERE AT A GRIEVANCES, AS IF HE WERE AT A RALLY STAGE, RATHER THAN FROM RALLY STAGE, RATHER THAN FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, ANNOUNCING SUCH THE WHITE HOUSE, ANNOUNCING SUCH A VICTORY. A VICTORY. AND THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE HE AND THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE HE IS SO CLEARLY DESPERATE FOR A IS SO CLEARLY DESPERATE FOR A VICTORY, HIS PEOPLE AROUND HIM VICTORY, HIS PEOPLE AROUND HIM KNOW HE IS IN A VERY PERILOUS KNOW HE IS IN A VERY PERILOUS POLITICAL TIME RIGHT NOW AND HE POLITICAL TIME RIGHT NOW AND HE IS GOING TO TRY TO MILK THIS ONE IS GOING TO TRY TO MILK THIS ONE FOR AS GREAT AS AN FOR AS GREAT AS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT AS IT IS, HE IS ACCOMPLISHMENT AS IT IS, HE IS GOING TO TRY TO TURN IT INTO THE GOING TO TRY TO TURN IT INTO THE MOST POLITICAL WIN HE CAN. MOST POLITICAL WIN HE CAN.>>HE ALSO TOOK A SHOT AT THE>>HE ALSO TOOK A SHOT AT THE KURDS, THAT WAS SO INTERESTING KURDS, THAT WAS SO INTERESTING TO ME, THE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO TO ME, THE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO GAVE THE INTELLIGENCE ON THE GAVE THE INTELLIGENCE ON THE GROUND AND SUGGESTED THAT THEIR GROUND AND SUGGESTED THAT THEIR COOPERATION HAD BEEN BROUGHT COOPERATION HAD BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BECAUSE TURKISH FORCES HAD ABOUT BECAUSE TURKISH FORCES HAD ATTACKED THEM FOR THREE DAYS, IT ATTACKED THEM FOR THREE DAYS, IT REDUCES THE ODDS IN THE FUTURE, REDUCES THE ODDS IN THE FUTURE, WE HAVE THE PARTNER ON THE WE HAVE THE PARTNER ON THE GROUND, WE’RE GOING TO NEED, GROUND, WE’RE GOING TO NEED, YESTERDAY, IT WAS A VICTORY, BUT YESTERDAY, IT WAS A VICTORY, BUT WHAT WORRIES ME, IT WAS A BIT OF WHAT WORRIES ME, IT WAS A BIT OF A ONE-OFF, AND IT WAS A ONE-OFF, AND IT WAS SHORT-LIVED AND WE’RE SOWING THE SHORT-LIVED AND WE’RE SOWING THE SEEDS FOR PROBLEMS DOWN THE SEEDS FOR PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD, BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY ROAD, BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY THAT SYRIA, AND TURKEY, AND THAT SYRIA, AND TURKEY, AND RUSSIA ARE GOING TO BE RUSSIA ARE GOING TO BE CONSISTENT PARTNERS WITH US CONSISTENT PARTNERS WITH US AGAINST TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE AGAINST TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. EAST.>>AND I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY,>>AND I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, IT IS, I WANTED TO ASK YOU IT IS, I WANTED TO ASK YOU AGAIN, THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE AGAIN, THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE THINGS, ADMIRAL, WHERE THE THINGS, ADMIRAL, WHERE THE PRESIDENT NOTIFIES THE RUSSIANS, PRESIDENT NOTIFIES THE RUSSIANS, BUT DOES NOT NOTIFY THE TOP BUT DOES NOT NOTIFY THE TOP ELECTED LEADERS IN CONGRESS, ELECTED LEADERS IN CONGRESS, SOMETHING THAT NEVER HAPPENED, SOMETHING THAT NEVER HAPPENED, IN MY YEARS OF CONGRESS, OR IN IN MY YEARS OF CONGRESS, OR IN FOLLOWING IT, OVER THE PAST FOLLOWING IT, OVER THE PAST QUARTER CENTURY. QUARTER CENTURY. THE PRESIDENT NOTIFIED, OR THE PRESIDENT NOTIFIED, OR PRAISED THE RUSSIANS FIRST AND PRAISED THE RUSSIANS FIRST AND THEN TOOK A SWIPE AT OUR ALLIES THEN TOOK A SWIPE AT OUR ALLIES THE KURDS, AND OF COURSE, IT WAS THE KURDS, AND OF COURSE, IT WAS THE INTEL COMMUNITY THAT MADE THE INTEL COMMUNITY THAT MADE THIS POSSIBLE, ALONG WITH THE THIS POSSIBLE, ALONG WITH THE SPECIAL FORCES, AND THE INTEL SPECIAL FORCES, AND THE INTEL COMMUNITY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS COMMUNITY THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS VILIFIED SINCE GETTING INTO THE VILIFIED SINCE GETTING INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. IT WAS A LOT OF IRONY YESTERDAY IT WAS A LOT OF IRONY YESTERDAY COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. ON WHAT WAS A VERY GOOD DAY FOR ON WHAT WAS A VERY GOOD DAY FOR THE U.S. MILITARY, AND THE THE U.S. MILITARY, AND THE COUNTRY ITSELF, BUT ONCE AGAIN, COUNTRY ITSELF, BUT ONCE AGAIN, THE PRESIDENT SEEMINGLY UNAWARE THE PRESIDENT SEEMINGLY UNAWARE EXACTLY WHAT HE IS SUPPOSED TO EXACTLY WHAT HE IS SUPPOSED TO DO AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND DO AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.>>YES, AGAIN, ALL CREDIT TO THE>>YES, AGAIN, ALL CREDIT TO THE SPECIAL FORCES CONVENTIONAL SPECIAL FORCES CONVENTIONAL FORCES WHO BACKED THEM UP, THE FORCES WHO BACKED THEM UP, THE INTEL COMMUNITY, OUR SENSOR INTEL COMMUNITY, OUR SENSOR SYSTEMS, AND THE NATIONAL SYSTEMS, AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, AND THERE ARE A SECURITY AGENCY, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF HEROES. LOT OF HEROES. I WAS SURPRISED THAT WE DID NOT I WAS SURPRISED THAT WE DID NOT SHARE THIS WITH CONGRESSIONAL SHARE THIS WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP. I WAS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER I WAS SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER FOR FOUR YEARS, THREE YEARS FOR FOUR YEARS, THREE YEARS COMMANDER OF SOUTHERN COMMAND, COMMANDER OF SOUTHERN COMMAND, AND TWO YEARS SENIOR MILITARY AND TWO YEARS SENIOR MILITARY ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AS A THREE STAR, YOU DEFENSE AS A THREE STAR, YOU KNOW, OVER TEN TO 12 YEARS IN KNOW, OVER TEN TO 12 YEARS IN THIS ZONE, WE DID THIS. THIS ZONE, WE DID THIS. LOOK AT LEON PANETTA DURING THE LOOK AT LEON PANETTA DURING THE OSAMA BIN LADEN, HE KEPT OSAMA BIN LADEN, HE KEPT CONGRESS INFORMED. CONGRESS INFORMED. SO I THINK THAT STRENGTHENS OUR SO I THINK THAT STRENGTHENS OUR DEMOCRACY, AND CERTAINLY THERE DEMOCRACY, AND CERTAINLY THERE IS LEAKING. IS LEAKING. I WILL TELL YOU THE PENTAGON HAS I WILL TELL YOU THE PENTAGON HAS A LOT OF LEAKS. A LOT OF LEAKS. THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL HAS A LOT OF LEAKS. HAS A LOT OF LEAKS. THERE IS A LOT OF LEAKING TO GO THERE IS A LOT OF LEAKING TO GO AROUND. AROUND. IF YOU KEEP IT TIGHT, WITH THE IF YOU KEEP IT TIGHT, WITH THE ACTUAL LEADERSHIP ON THE HILL, ACTUAL LEADERSHIP ON THE HILL, IN MY VIEW, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO IN MY VIEW, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN OPERATIONAL SECURITY. MAINTAIN OPERATIONAL SECURITY. LAST POINT, I WANT TO KIND OF LAST POINT, I WANT TO KIND OF PICK UP RICHARD’S THOUGHT, A PICK UP RICHARD’S THOUGHT, A VERY GOOD ONE, HEY, WILL THE VERY GOOD ONE, HEY, WILL THE KURDS COME BACK AND HELP US KURDS COME BACK AND HELP US AGAIN, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE AGAIN, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, I JUST WANT TO MIDDLE EAST, I JUST WANT TO BROAD CONTINUE AND SAY IF YOU’RE BROAD CONTINUE AND SAY IF YOU’RE A SOUTH CORNER THIS MORNING, AND A SOUTH CORNER THIS MORNING, AND YOU SEE, SOUTH KOREAN THIS YOU SEE, SOUTH KOREAN THIS MORNING, AND YOU SEE THAT THE MORNING, AND YOU SEE THAT THE KURDS HAVE BEEN KIND OF KICKED KURDS HAVE BEEN KIND OF KICKED TO THE CURB, HOW CONFIDENT ARE TO THE CURB, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU IN THE RELIABILITY OF THE YOU IN THE RELIABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES AS AN ALLY? UNITED STATES AS AN ALLY? PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS WE’RE GOING PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS WE’RE GOING TO LOOEFBEAVE THOSE BLOOD-STAINE TO LOOEFBEAVE THOSE BLOOD-STAINE SANDS, I GET IT, WE WANT TO GET SANDS, I GET IT, WE WANT TO GET OUT OF THESE ENDLESS WAR, ON THE OUT OF THESE ENDLESS WAR, ON THE OTHER HAND IF YOU’RE HEARING OTHER HAND IF YOU’RE HEARING THAT AND YOU’RE A SOUTH KOREAN, THAT AND YOU’RE A SOUTH KOREAN, YOU GOT TO ASK YOURSELF, IS YOU GOT TO ASK YOURSELF, IS PRESIDENT TRUMP GOING TO BE HERE PRESIDENT TRUMP GOING TO BE HERE ON THE SNOW-COVERED PEAKS OF THE ON THE SNOW-COVERED PEAKS OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA? KOREAN PENINSULA? IF YOU’RE IN AN ES STONIAN, YOU IF YOU’RE IN AN ES STONIAN, YOU GOT TO WONDER ABOUT THE GOT TO WONDER ABOUT THE COMMITMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, COMMITMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS RUSSIAN ESPECIALLY IF IT IS RUSSIAN TANKS THAT END UP ROLLING INTO TANKS THAT END UP ROLLING INTO ESTONIA. ESTONIA. SO THERE IS A LOT OF REGIONAL SO THERE IS A LOT OF REGIONAL REVERBERATION HERE. REVERBERATION HERE. BUT I WOULD ARGUE LIKE A STONE BUT I WOULD ARGUE LIKE A STONE IN A POND, IT GOES FURTHER AND IN A POND, IT GOES FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO THE GLOBAL FURTHER INTO THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, AND WILL HAUNT US ENVIRONMENT, AND WILL HAUNT US GOING INTO THE FUTURE. GOING INTO THE FUTURE.>>ADMIRAL JAMES STADVIRIDIS,>>ADMIRAL JAMES STADVIRIDIS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, HIS BOOK THANK YOU VERY MUCH, HIS BOOK “SAILING TRUE NORTH” OUT NOW. “SAILING TRUE NORTH” OUT NOW.>>>AND STILL AHEAD ON MOON>>>AND STILL AHEAD ON MOON JAE-IN, WE GO LIVE TO IRAQ, JAE-IN, WE GO LIVE TO IRAQ, COURTNEY KUBE HAS NEW REPORTING

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