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discussions with that are holding on capitol hill international filmmakers and world class journalists bring programs to inform and inspire you each and every one of us in the responsibility to change our 1st place for the better than al-jazeera . for the 1st time in more than 200 years the seat of our government was ransacked. democrats lay out their case against a former u.s. president at his 2nd and pietschmann trial saying he planted the seeds of the capitol hill attack well before january 6th. to us it may have felt like chaos and madness there was nothing in the madness.
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hello i'm on inside with continuing coverage of the impeachment trial. 7 although i have heard. newly released recordings and video have been used to recount the violence which trump is the keys of inciting. she was a powerful advocate for women's rights and real issue now is the right thing to do . and u.s. president joe biden welcomes the release of saudi women's rights activist new jane up through spent years in jail. us on iss have been sifting through videos recounting in graphic detail the violence on capitol hill the democrats say was whipped up by former president donald trump describing him as insight in chief and pitchman trial prosecutors say
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trump was fully responsible for the deadly attack on january 6th and to therefore be convicted and banned from public office this remains unlikely republican senators have indicated they're unwilling to vote against trump and risk the wrath of his supporters is some of the testimony from democrats and so they came draped in trump's flag and used our flag the american flag to batter and to bludgeon and at 230. i heard that term flying banging on house chamber doors. for the 1st time in more than 200 years the seat of our government was ransacked on our watch. and previously unheard recordings were played of panicked radio calls between
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police as the right spiraled out of control oh no you. know we're going to. be a guy and you. won't be good but you've got a group about charging up they don't know whether. you know it would be there in the world now. we were doing. well or what not outright banjo you are another impeachment man jeff talking castro said trump did nothing even when the right has went looking for vice president mike pence. over an hour and a half into the attack and this is what he tweeted and he still even at this point did not acknowledge the attack on the capitol let alone
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condemn it instead he further incites the mob against his own vice president whose life was being threatened some of these insurgents were heard saying quote that they hoped to find vice president mike pence and execute him by hanging him from a capitol hill tree as a traitor. at capitol hill in washington alan waif had 8 long hours of rigorous arguments from the prosecutors the trial has now ended for the day talk us through the highlights. really it was split up into 3 parts there was the what was described as the big lie how donald trump built the provocation for what happened on the 6th of january and then there was the assault itself and the aftermath but surely the most dramatic pieces were
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the videos that were shown and the radio messages that we hear a lot of the video never seen before a lot of security video from capitol hill itself the most telling parts 1st of all home mitt romney was heading towards the crowd but by the intervention of eugene goodman who is a capitol hill police officer managed to direct the senator from utah away from the crowd he has been a critic of donald trump in the past and would have felt at risk certainly a sentiment shared by his son who tweeted out he didn't realize that eugene goodman had actually saved his father's life then there was the really telling moment when we've heard so much testimony about how donald trump was critical of his vice president how many of the people on capitol hill were chanting who the intended to hang mike pence just how close the vice president was to the morgue that managed to break in to the building he was just meters away they were talking about how he was
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just 50 paces away from the possibility of being taken and then there was other senators the picture of the person sitting on nancy pelosi office for the 1st time it was highlighted that the man who said he'd gone near to teach her a lesson actually had a very powerful stun gun tucked away something that perhaps he was going to use the picture of the person who was in the senate chamber itself that managed to break through and he had plastic ties to tie wrists together what castro said just imagine if he managed to break in just a couple of minutes. earlier what could have happened and they pointed all of this back to donald trump 1st of all talking and threatening election officials for not certifying the results for him at the phone call he made to the secretary of state in georgia the fact that there were threats made by his supporters to those elected officials and to people who oversaw the election that he was even critical of
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a number of senators how he was critical of his own vice president and how all this built up resentment the crowed that he talked to on the ellipse and then pointed in the direction of the capitol and how as the assault was taking place donald trump didn't actively the national guard he didn't tweet a message telling people to stop he didn't send a video message saying look this is not acceptable you've got to stop this instead he put it in a message saying we love you please go home and so this builds up the case for the democrats we've talked about in the past oh during part of the evidence in the early part of the day some senators were reading things that were connected with the trial who were sitting with their feet up over the children front not paying attention what i'm told is during the video that was shown and when the messages were being relieved from the radio of the police officers all all of the senators were paying close attention some of them were so moved they were close to tears at the end some of them actually republicans as well people who voted just 24 hours
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ago to see that it would be unconstitutional to hold a hearing on a man who is no left office they watched with their most open at some of the pictures that we saw some of the pictures that will shock america as they repeated on the news networks here across the united states people will be shocked by what happened here. on january the 6th one impeachment managers said that she remembers 911 and how that impacted here and how it was the intervention of the passengers on a flight that stopped the hijackers flying a jet into the capitol building and she said every day she no thanks the police officers here on capitol hill because without the job that they did on that day there could have been many more deaths and the reminder that 5 people died in what happened here on capitol hill that day and alan briefly before we turn to our
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guests took us through what we're likely to expect tomorrow because the prosecution continues to present its case. exactly and what we will see is the aftermath just there will be the human impact on what has happened to people there will be the political impact and what has happened to people and they will make the case again of why donald trump should be held responsible we know that the defense for donald trump is going to be based their own political speech that you can talk and you can speak and the government can intervene and that and when he spoke then when people took the action that they did it wasn't a direct result of what donald trump has said what might slightly undercut their argument is the evidence that has been provided by many people giving to the managers over the last couple of hours. that many republicans called the white house and called donald trump and asked him to intervene to stop the assault on the
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capitol to send a message to call the people off to twitter that he wanted them to go home that to stop the violence and their argument is that if he didn't control the crowd why were republicans sending those messages it's going to be a high hurdle for the defense to get over and that will be their job come friday by the looks of things but the other thing you have to remember is at the moment it's still a long short the donald trump will be convicted by the senate what we've heard over the last 8 hours may well pool a number of republicans want to vote for the conviction of donald trump maybe somewhere in the region of 8 to term but they need 17 and at the moment they don't seem to have those numbers but what the democrats have done over the last 8 hours is lido in the story of the legacy of donald trump in his final days in office and what happened here on capitol hill on january the 6 alan fischer for now many
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thanks let's turn to our guests brenda one apple has a wealth of impeaches the trial of andrew johnson in the dream of a just nation many thanks for speaking to us again on al-jazeera it was interesting what our correspondent alan fisher was saying there about what was happening in the senate the reaction of senators. as those videos the dramatic footage was being played how initially some of the senators had their feet up pops not so interested in what was going on but as they started playing those videos some of them even had tears in their eyes do you think based on what you've seen today in terms of the evidence it's going to be enough to convince the 17 republicans needed to convict donald trump. 17 in this context is a huge number and i was saying earlier that even if you could get 15 to convict
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which we know is you may that's still not 17 so i think it would be very very difficult but i think there's something to consider here too regardless of the intensity and harrowing nature of what we all saw today and what they experience is that many of those senators must she you know or now or in some way be aware 'd that they were complicit in what has been called the big which was the run up to the election and then when particularly the post-election even during the insurrection afterwards when donald trump was saying he won by a landslide where no one else not that not the courts not the certifiers not the governors never even suggested such as not you know fact lost the popular
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vote just 16 as well but they are complicit that because they enabled that donald trump to continue to protest his loosening 1st illegally and then when he couldn't do that legally in an extra legal fashion and when that failed even among republicans by the. secretary of state in georgia then in fact it seems very clear that the court of last resort was not a court it was his personal lawyer said combat which is just a side right given how unlikely it is that there would be any form of conviction. what do you think has been achieved by this trial i think a normal amount has been achieved because there are probably many people and as
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your correspondent resigning even republican senators who have not seen the footage that we've now seen and that's available it's widely available it's going to be available on television it's going to be a nail a book in the media the social new social media and it is very terrifying chilling horrific images and and that is something and with that on the one hand it's very emotional and very considered deliberate and well built. arguments over the managers betting that it's a very important document that will be our 3rd international like to the world to the united states but to every one brenda one apple many thanks author of the
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impeaches the trial of andrew johnson and the dream of a just nation we can now speak decide. who joins us live on skype from newark new jersey she's a professor of law and the director of the center for security race and rights at. university many thanks for speaking to us on al-jazeera what do you think of what is happening in the senate do you think that trump should have been put on trial. i think this is a case where the senate republicans in particular are going to have to ask themselves whether they're going to put country over party your party over a country this is an impeachment trial that is not a political trial because it is not a dispute over policy preferences or is not a means to indirectly retaliate or punish a president for their policies and their policy preferences to the contrary it's
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quite a simple and direct criminal case are high crimes and misdemeanors and in terms of not under the senate where the factual question is very simple did the president in sayit imminent mass violence specifically the seizure of the capitol and what some people call an insurrection and the facts right now as we see them are on the side of the impeachment managers in the senate senator raskin and other senators brought forth quite incriminating evidence from the videos of that day that people had already seen on television to also the videos that no one had ever seen of the sense of how the crowd of mark broke in how they were attacking the officers how the officers felt threatened and needed back up and then finally how the senators themselves including in addition a vice president has had to run for their lives alongside their families so that
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the evidence at least in terms of the gravity of the riot in the violence is quite damning so now it just really comes down to did trump inside that or was he merely an innocent bystander. it we've been talking about whether. they will be able to get the 17 republicans needed to convict. i wonder based on your experience your legal experience do trials change people's minds do you think enough has been presented here to change those republican senators minds. well in contrast to a criminal trial where you have a jury of your peers here the fact finders and ultimately the decision makers on whether to convict are elected officials and they have partisan loyalties so that the question is how much will they focus on the facts and how much will they focus
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on their own partisan political futures and for example i think mitt romney's going to focus on the facts i think my housekeeper only going to focus on the facts and say it doesn't matter that he was a republican president doesn't matter if he was a democratic president what he did based on the facts is i am his demeanor of incitement of a riot on the u.s. capitol which is really important terms of where it happened whereas other politicians like mitch mcconnell and others are going to be thinking what how this affects my political future is this good for the republican party and they're not going to be looking at the case at hand so therefore the real significance of this case is that record that it's creating as your other guest stated is this is creating a record for future presidents that do you there is a limit especially towards the end of your tenure but including for your whole tenure it's also creating a record for the portion of prompts base who may have been on the fence and may say
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if you runs again i'm not supporting him because what i am seeing in this trial the facts that are coming forward that are not partisan they are about violence this is going to make me completely lose faith in him and ultimately discredit him in discredit his future in politics in the united states could we see a criminal case against. what happened on january 6th. well as president he has immunity so it might get a little more complicated so one is you have to make sure that immunity doesn't attach because this happened while i was president but also perhaps the facts that come forward could arguably be used by a prosecutor but again that is something that perhaps the fine in ministration will not support because the more that trump is in the headlines the more that it distracts from abides mission so he also had because the prosecutors will probably be federal prosecutors that are under the are u.s. department of justice that is within
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a 2nd ranjan by so i think even politically that probably won't be feasible even if legally it's plausible good to hear from you as he's professor of law and the director of the center for security race and writes of rutgers university many thanks for speaking to thank you. coverage of the pitchman trial continues later half an hour a look at some of the other well nice the united states is imposing sanctions on those responsible for the minutes in myanmar president joe biden the 1st round of targets will be announced shortly it's one of several foreign policy as jordan reports. the u.s. wasted no time calling the overthrow of me in mars democratically elected government on february 1st a coup a wednesday president joe biden said it was time for the military junta to pay the
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price to begin imposing consequences on the leaders of the coup the us government is taking steps to prevent the generals from improperly having access to the $1000000000.00 in burma's government funds held in none of the states and today have approved a new executive order. a new executive order enable us to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup their business interest as well as close family members by also called for the immediate release of state councilor on santucci and president lynne mint. and he praised the thousands of bernie citizens demonstrating for an end to the clue violence against those asserting their democratic rights is unacceptable and we're going to keep calling without the people of burma are making their voices heard and the world is watching will be ready to impose additional measures at the state department
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a recognition of just how much diplomacy it will take to end the crisis i think what we are most concerned with is the restoration of civilian leadership and putting an end to these anti-democratic actions this coup the new me and morsi. and biden's announcement that the pentagon will review how it engages with china all part of a day designed to focus on the president's role as commander in chief by and vice president kamel harris whit to the pentagon to meet with defense secretary lloyd austin and to boost morale as we face global threats to our climate and to our health to our physical security and cyber security your work is of profound importance and consequence and that's why the president are here today to tell you that we stand with you and we stand for you button told
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a reporter he wanted to know all the facts about how china handled the start of the covert 1000 pandemic a diplomatic answer as the u.s. takes the measure of a rival pacific power rosalyn jordan al-jazeera washington. yemen's who think rebels have fired 2 drones packed with explosives into saudi arabia the kingdom says one of them targeted the area of coming. out saying that the attack was thwarted. in the saudi city of no injuries were reported but an aircraft was damaged very alarmed by the reports of drone attacks by the. airport in saudi arabia and we've course condemned all the tax on the target civilians or civilian infrastructure the united nations nuclear watchdog says iran has started producing uranium metal which is another violation
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of the 2015 nuclear deal the international atomic energy agency says it's identified the material at a facility in the city is for han iran has previously said it needs you a new metal for a such but the material can also be used in a nuclear bomb. joe biden says the release of a saudi woman activist from prison is the right thing to do it jane who has through what was freed on wednesday off to 3 years behind. a family thanks by the time to do more reports. it was a road trip that put. in jail in 2014 she attempted to cross from the united arab emirates to saudi arabia where women were not allowed to drive after 73 days in jail she'd become the face of a movement luzhin was later pardoned by king solomon and told to keep quiet. she focused her energies on ending the male guardianship system in the kingdom 2015 women were allowed to vote and stand in elections she ran but her name was kept off
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the ballot. it wasn't long before public pressure appear to show results in 2017 saudi arabia announced women would be allowed to drive under reforms made by crown prince mohammed bin. but just weeks before the ban was lifted in 2018 luzhin was stopped while driving in the u.a.e. flown to riyadh and later detained with around a dozen other women's rights activists nearly 3 years have passed her family has accused saudi authorities of torturing and holding her in solitary confinement for months at a time. saudi officials denied the allegations in december 2020 louis jane was convicted at riyadh specialized criminal court on terror charges and of seeking to change the saudi political system and harm national security her release is widely seen as a gesture towards the biden ministration she was a powerful advocate for women's rights and releasing her is the right thing to do washington also says it no longer shares intelligence with the saudi led coalition
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in yemen and has committed to declassifying an intelligence report on the murder of washington post columnist jamal khashoggi well that's likely to implicate the saudi crown prince amnesty international and human rights watch say long overdue reforms are a bittersweet victory. when the women who champion them remain in prison or facing unfair trials in the latest reforms announced by the crown prince mohammed bin samon acknowledged that the judicial system had created pains for many women he didn't mention luzhin or other specifically she may be out of prison but according to her sister she isn't yet free show remain on probation and isn't allowed to leave the kingdom and al-jazeera. the world health organization has backed the use of astra zeneca as covert 19 vaccine ought to questions about its effectiveness among older people on the against me a variance experts say while the job may often less protection against mild cases caused by mutated strains that confident it galls against severe disease of africa
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suspended use of the astra zeneca vaccine this week. libyan airlines has a regime flies between the countries east and west in what seen as another step towards unification a flight with airline officials on board flew from tripoli to benghazi on wednesday on commercial flights between the 2 cities will resume next week the conflicts between rival governments in the east and west has disrupted transports between the between the regions for many years earlier this month the un led libya formed voted on an interim unification government with the aim of ending divisions faces in palestine and getting ready for the 1st general elections in 15 years rivals fatah and hamas met in cairo to strengthen their commitment to the vote if it were him reports from ramallah. this could be the 1st benefit for palestinians following talks between fatah had hamas in cairo egypt indefinitely opening its
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border crossing with the gaza strip the crossing is the only passage to the outside world for gaza that is not controlled by israel the egyptian authorities closed it in 2014 citing security concerns and i've sometimes opened it mainly for humanitarian reasons despite the decision palestinians say it's not easy to make a crossing. i haven't seen my family or my 2 daughters in 2 years i thought this could lead to an opportunity to visit them but we haven't seen relaxed measures the number of people allowed in is very low hundreds of palestinians crossed into egypt on wednesday and thousands more are waiting for their turn while many feel relieved they're still worried a journey that usually take several hours has been taking days because of egyptian checkpoints. the palestinian factions meeting in cairo say their draw to
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reconciliation has been made shorter mass won the 2006 parliamentary elections and formed a national unity government with fatah but they clashed over power in 2007 creating the deepest palestinian division this time they've agreed to all the elections as a step towards ending their divisions of the future split is permanent hamas is going to continue in control of gaza for there is in control of that was back and there is a porsche barak having this is this is the skill set is the 1st step of a future. several unity agreements have been signed in the past decade but ended the 14 year division many palestinians are skeptical. many people fear the scenarios previous elections will be repeated they fear the
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results will be respected and power won't be shared people we spoke to here fear that the elections that they've been waiting so long for will only keep the sea people in power and that by avoiding resolving their main differences there keeping them alive. the occupied west bank. these are your top stories house democrats have ended their 1st day of augments the 2nd impeachment trial of donald trump they say the former president was an insight in chief who riled up supporters to attack the capitol claiming the election had been stolen. the house impeachment managers presented new evidence including footage showing how close it had to mitt romney and other senior figures came to danger he says it's the 1st time he's seen it and is looking forward to thanking
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the police officer who saved him. an impeachment manager dave emotionally described what it was like being there when the rioters breached the capitol and so they came draped in trump's flag and used our flag the american flag to batter and to bludgeon and at 230. heard the term flying banging on house chamber doors. for the 1st time in more than 200 years the seat of our government was ransacked on our watch in other news the united states is imposing new sanctions on those responsible for the military coup in myanmar meanwhile more arrests have been made in the country including a close aide to detained leader aung san suu kyi protesters returned to the streets for a 5th consecutive day despite
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a crackdown including curfews and gatherings. the world health organization is back the use of astra zeneca as covert 19 vaccine after questions about its effectiveness amongst older people and against new variance experts say while the job may offer less protection against bald cases caused by mutated strains they're confident it guards against severe disease. the family of a prominent saudi activist says she's been released after spending 3 years in prison jane was charged with pursue pursuing a foreign agenda and using the internet to home public order according to local reports her relatives said she had been sexually assaulted and tortured while in prison she campaigned for women's rights for an end to saudi arabia's male guardianship system. as your headline news continues here on out of there after the bottom line.
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hi i'm steve clements and i have
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a question president joe biden says america is back and that he wants to press the reset button on u.s. relations with the rest of the world but what does that mean let's get to the bottom line. joe biden campaigned on promises to destroy the pandemic create jobs and tackle the systemic racism that's baked into america's collective psyche judging by the flurry of executive orders biden has signed in his 1st few weeks he's focusing on his domestic challenges but he's also going international too so after a break the u.s. is back in the paris climate accords back in the world health organization and trying to get back into the u.n. human rights council last week joe biden spoke at the state department to make the point that diplomacy is back that washington wants to work with other nations to solve big problems and to pursue america's core interests he talked about russia's attempts to undermine american democracy how he'll need strong alliances to face the rising power of china. how we'd like the united states to accept more refugees
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and how we'd like to see an end to wars like that we have in yemen right now which has been going on for more than 6 years some of the things that he left out of that speech are interesting too like relations with iran or what kind of future recedes for palestinians and israelis today we're talking with someone who can help us make sense of it all retired colonel lawrence wilkerson worked in the leadership of the state department during the george w. bush administration and before that surfer decades in the united states army colonel wilkerson it's great to see you again thank you so much for joining us today as i open it the me beginning joe biden has spoke on at the state department on february 4th let's listen to this clip defend need freedom champion opportunity upholding universal rights respecting the rule of law and treating every person with dignity. that's the ground you are of our global policy our grow will power that's our end exhaustible source of strength that's america's abiding advantage.
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though many of these values have come under intense pressure in recent years even pushed to the brink in the last few weeks the american people are going to emerge from this moment stronger more determined and better equipped to unite the world in fighting to defend democracy because we have fought for it ourselves colonel wilkerson what are your reactions to joe biden's initial scaffolding in framing on american engagement in the world he's put a lot on the table there are a lot of things he wants to do what do you think of what he said so far. joe biden being a new year is i've known him for at least powell if not directly for almost 20 plus years. and he had no other choice than to say what he said let's look at his experience long years on the senate on the elections committee and then years in
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the chairmanship and then the minority leader on this is joe biden and frankly it's a breath of fresh air after 4 years of paul from the domestic challenges that are confronting it including the pandemic of course and the foreign policy and security challenges confronting him are daunting. i think he's gotten off to a pretty good start i hope he can bring to fruition even a quarter or a 3rd of what he's pronounced as his objectives but i think he got off to a good start and i for one will be a supporter of it larry i find you know the challenge for any administration and you were the person who kept order at the state department as colin powell chief of staff how does biden keep his presidency from becoming a reactive presidency rather than having the contours of a strategic approach to american priorities. that's
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a good question and it's a question we asked ourselves at the state department as we learned about george w. bush and richard cheney the vice president increasingly. it's difficult but i think he's laid down some markers he's going to have tremendous challenges in the domestic arena and i think that alone is probably going to make his overseas a nation is difficult simple thing will if not challenging the will because he's going to be so focused on these domestic issues the fact that he's put some of these key people even people who are foreign policy gurus so to speak into the domestic arena is indicative of that. the pandemic is not all he's got to confront of course as you mentioned in your opening remarks he's got to confront this white supremacy this eventuality will element in our country which motivated
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a significant portion of trump's base and hasn't gone away as a matter of fact as we've seen in the last week or so it appears to be that the republican party my political party is morphing into a cult call that is mostly composed of these kind of people so we can we can talk about this and we can say it's not a problem we can toss it off as a little domestic terrorism but it's going to be an enormous problem in terms of the any kind of unity that joe biden wants to bring to this country which will be necessary to meet some really colossal challenges not least of which is the challenge of the climate as we're seeing now with the glacier melt then the region of india along the top border which is just the beginning of that glaciers are going we're going to have this kind of flooding and they were going to have no water as the glaciers and the rivers that would be dry up. so there are huge challenges huge challenges i wouldn't want to be joe biden drunk. he has no choice
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he's. he's got to work on these things so that that's the name of the game and taking that job look when when you know you when the bush administration left and you were not there at that time you were in the bush administration for the 1st 4 years of it but when they were leaving and the obama administration was coming in i want to acknowledge that you and i work together and we looked at things like where could barack obama send different segments to the world then and we identified 3 areas if he changed the way gravity works with cuba with israel palestine and with iran it would set a different signal to the world that america was back and that it was going to contribute to global stability now he worked on all of those some to varying degree what do you think the defining challenge is for a biden administration coming in one ng to genuinely send in different signals to the world are whereas the one of those you know you know give me some wilkerson strategic clarity on what buttons matter more than others. but you already know
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what principle one everyone wants to talk about and that could go right in the moment and that of course is a country in the world looks rivaling us in some ways surpassing us china. is statement that i have a dear extreme competition but we need not have conflict that's exactly the way to look at it that's kind of the way we looked at it in 1st bush administration or will he talk about strategic competition but we didn't talk about war so that's a portfolio he's got to manage let's look at the age of pacific an important region of the wall almost all trade in that region now is with china dominant not with the united states anymore but with china dominant. power situation is changing we must awake until that biden understands that the congress those what do i mean change their strategy because we are no longer. in the pacific there are 2 of us
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and that's a difficult battle. wants to maintain particularly when allies which we have a plenty in the region are so she can jalil with that giant call china our economy and purchasing power parity now surpasses ours i suspect it will continue to do that. this is a difficult challenge but you mention cuba you mentioned iran these are places where you can pick up some perhaps low hanging fruit certainly with you but just get back to the point where president obama was in affecting some sort of model without iowa and with the ranis already sandy wants to reenergize the p.o.'s now pale and trump left some land not significant land mine in the intricacy and complexity of the sanctions that they put on iran they sanctioned the knees of the red ants on the locusts in iran so it's going to be extreme i know something about this i work with ofac you on wind american sanctions with great difficulty
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especially when there are so entrants paling always left so those are some low hanging fruit areas but they're not that easy to accomplish in the iranians i've already said sanctions relief is going to be there with pro quo or re-entering the agreement fully and going along with the parameters there are so yes there are some things out there he can do china russia russia look at what we need to do the new start expires this month and my dad has said he's going to do it we should have been doing this a long time ago we need to reestablish nuclear arms control in the wall we can let it become a tattered regime that's from very dangerous so yes there are some things he can do the numerate and some of them they need to do them swiftly and he thinks there's a possibility and most most important of all the instrument with which to do him is diplomacy. one of the challenges and many of the things you just. quite beautifully
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whether it's with iran whether it's confronting and dealing with russia is that there are a lot of middle countries involved both in the middle east in europe. that that have been looking at american behavior the last few years and not sure that the america they thought they knew was going to be a good ally on their dark days and that they have been to some degree hedging their bets very frustrated with our course in iran what would you put forward larry what do you think it by the administration thinks you know needs to put forward in terms of trust building with allies that may not believe in an american balance back. a little on the middle east is a particular area of challenge right now while arduously because of u.s. miscalculation and even strategic error the invasion of iraq in 2003 to lead the list in that regard we turned lose a total chaotic mess in milan when we invaded iraq we destroyed the balance of
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power there and we put iran in the catbird seat. what we need to do now what we what we've done over the years as you well know we have changed from a strategy that i was part of the implementation all for so many years in the military where we had forces offshore that we called it all shore balancing we didn't have so many forces on shore look at that area now joe mckenzie has the most powerful unified command and the unified command plan central command he has more forces that he can throw it people any time he wants to indeed worry about him sometimes doing things like putting ballistic missile and attack submarines in the persian gulf an extremely dangerous thing to do for those vessels and doing other things like he looks as if he's trying to a fight a war over there buddied up with mohammad bin saddam on in riyadh that's not the
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way we should be dealing with that region we should be trying to stand that huge military apparatus down that to a certain extent value deed the largest air force base in the oil in kuwait the largest true perception of sunni in the world and behind this bit elite the largest and most powerful plea out we need to do something different in that region and i hope president biden will figure that out and i hope his secretary of defense will be right there with even tony blinken that sextape and we'll calm this down a little bit and let the region handle many of the problems there at the same time i hope i'm hearing right that he's going to take a different tack to the palestinians because the last administration virtually under gerry cush mirrors on able hand abandoned the palace standing abandoned them incidentally said what my president in 2002 or so said outreach arone over to you from minister we've been doing this for 40 years enough means weren't toyo can do
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what you want to do and what it is that man it is meant israel turning into increasingly and the archives they invoke to. i'm in the west bank and it made me would be an apartheid state with regard to anyone who is jewish a little bit of the primary territory with israel so loses god you've got to get a handle on it and the handle as to represent well the indians are more front leaning was a trumpet many stories you were doing and that meant that many indians who got a new leadership. boxes no longer cut the mustard they need to find some younger more energetic more dynamic more capable leadership and they need to get it ready to run for their money and we need to help them do that so their love act of challenges in the law i couldn't agree with the more i think and the know it is interesting that 15 years of mahmoud abbas 11 years after his term extended they become kind of irrelevant if you will to just about every party so replenishing the
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leadership bringing in youth hopefully that is not top part of that you know corrupt stagnancy you know i completely agree but let me have let me ask you to go a bit deeper on iran and saudi arabia for a minute so with regard to iran there are elections coming up there too and as in any nation there is a struggle between hardliners and reformers it seems to be in every country in the world so what we do now will play into that with saudi arabia we have intelligence estimates said that mohamed bin psalm on likely gave the order to have jamal khashoggi killed we've just cut off arms sales and supplies to saudi for the continuation of the yemen war so things are going to shift there neither party is one that we're particularly comfortable with to say the least how does america get its interests right in that situation i think i heard you say we ought to step back and let them solve the problem but but are they so important that we just can't
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withdraw. i have i take the importance of the relationship with saudi arabia seriously in the military that was part of my portfolio for a long comment u.s. pacific command i take their relationship with little spark to the u.a.e. and others encounter very seriously to the with the g.c.c. it was always the. american a divorcing his asian and thought amongst itself more than that one simple answer but i have to say that it hasn't worked what we've done up to this point it's not work in any serious way now let me back up and say one of the reasons reasons it hasn't worked lately is because we made such a mess in 2003 within the way in beijing in iraq but that's led that mess needs to be cleaned up as best as it as best they can and the way you do that is you get saudi arabia and its allies on that side of the gulf at the will and iran and you
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get them to talking you get them to understanding that it is in their best interest and in the middle of the interest of the region to get them together and not to be so confrontational the only reason the saudis think they can be crowned confrontational in a serious sense and especially on within so a month is because they got the united states backing they got the superpower backing when they got $80000000000.00 in arms sales and so forth yesterday i spent some time with friends committee on national legislation trying to help them why don't let or to president biden and they've done a magnificent job of it by letters a tip of the white house right now and it may be tails that things that he ought to fill in the somewhat ambiguous policy statement he made with regard to getting the saudis to stop the war in yemen that's an important ingredient to all of business i'm saying we need to stop that brutal conflict and pulling the united states out and support all military support for the saudis in terms of off. and that needs to
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be defined comprehensively in law and not narrowly like like we do usually is a 1st step you have to get that conflict stopped and then you have to get there on the oddball thing to want to win all the rest in 2 years and you have to get them convinced that the best way to bring peace to the building and ultimately prosperity to that region is for them to stop this constant any grudge bearing that they have and get to doing things lead help all of them at the same time the code 19 pandemic is a case in point iran because of our sanctions is hurting right now really hurting it was unconscionable what pompei always doing in terms of using them in a tarion reasons to sanction iran just on a conscionable they couldn't even get mask in basic ingredients the p.p.p. you need to go with one thing they couldn't get any of those we need to stop that
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to that we need to take a different approach to the region steve and their approach needs to be more balance that needs to be more diplomatic than military and it needs to be as holding people's hands as they negotiate their own agreements rather than are trying to compel them to it by dropping bombs on their territory that's been our policy for the last 20 years or so let us bomb you a little bit and we'll fix you that doesn't work and we've proved colonel we're talking to you in part today because of your deep knowledge of the state department but you also have deep knowledge of the pentagon i remember when bill clinton came into office there was concerns about a gap between bill clinton and the pentagon and whether the pentagon would ultimately sabotage various clinton initiatives i remember the same thing when barack obama came in on whether the pentagon was alternately going to be a veto on some of the things barack obama was trying to do and we know those struggles they've been documented as joe biden is coming in as come in we also know
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from the past. that there's been some ambivalence among you know major leaders in. the pentagon i mean you know i just just remember afghanistan and others when you have generals that basically mocked joe biden when he was vice president what is your sense does joe biden going to have a pentagon under general lloyd austin now secretary lloyd austin that is going to execute his policies or are they going to become a constraint and a saboteur on joe biden's foreign policy course. was a very good question steven let me back up just a 2nd to one of your comments or staying for a little obama did in his 2nd term if not both terms he was a military operation led into it by hillary clinton samantha power no others but i had a conversation with him in the white house and he started the conversation with these words there is a bias in this down toward war and then with secretary kerry right beside him he
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began to talk about that in the way that it was the error that it was so the pentagon was objecting to that bob gates did not sign up for that war so there is a possibility and with lloyd austin there and i think that's a reason joe biden want to put it in there there's a distinct possibility that the pentagon will be more amenable to what president wants and then we might think otherwise now you're right there are certain people and i put at the top of the list general mckenzie the aggrandizing power seeking give me some more forces central command commander right now. if i were biden i'd be and also not be watching him really close it looks to me like he wants to be another storming norman get him self another war that he can be famous and his command can be the main participant all so i wouldn't have anything to do with someone like that and if by nasa to fire a few people as for example you recall dick cheney did it the 1st game. came in
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a sector defense then so be it but the pentagon's got to go along with what the president wants to do unless the president is like the former one and wants to use the pentagon for domestic purposes as it was clear from want to do i don't think that'll be joe biden i think joe biden in the pentagon politically will it also expected to bentsen going to get along quite well and i think he needs to listen probably to the pentagon regarding the use of the both kerry for as much as he might to blink in the state department i recall powell telling me many times and my own think spirit this out there warmongers in the cabinet cabinet sometimes lived in boggy bottom more than they did at the. puzzle palace. so you have to be careful there but biden has an experience this is probably the most experienced president that we've had with regard to foreign and security policy and to
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a certain extent domestic policy to all the time he spent in congress that we've had since george h.w. bush. and i think that is my teaching and my study has demonstrated to me my students would probably 'd verify this me most important asset a president can bring to the white house in the beginning and conversely the most dangerous element if he doesn't have it is experience knowing what he's doing from the. president learning on the job are dangerous well colonel lawrence wilkerson former chief of staff of the department of state thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and thoughts and insights with us today we really appreciate it thank you thank you stephen best to help them safe they say so what's the bottom line joe biden may say america is back but this isn't to diss me movie tend to say abracadabra and like magic everything is fixed the world still trying to get over the weirdness of a superpower that said screw you when it's america 1st narcissus. for the last 4
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years biden wants a lot of things and many are good he wants america to welcome more refugees want to elevate t.q. rights globally he may enjoy a honeymoon phase of goodwill in some corners of the globe but then it's going to get tough he's going to be tested by friends and by photos at least the world's problems are won't be dealt with through tweets and sound bites from a president yelling over the sound of a helicopter but in a messy world where trust in america's intentions and character are low we just have to wonder how much will he be able to pull off and that's the bottom line. the place the hong kong people are will so she is not going to lecture rules artists and activists me where i could use a song and history is made. for america to use my room to have broken
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