Transcript for Leon Panetta: Mueller’s report ‘will ultimately determine whether’ to impeach
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We are approaching 17 years in afghanistan you were, ofped lead the raid thaenled Osama Biden. That W 7 ago. We’re still there. None of us want another 9/11, should we still there? I think it’s very important the Taliban restore their influence. Is there a differwa do that the’re doing now? I think that is need is a strategy tcure the country of Afghanistan. We have troops there, but what think lacking ia specific strategy for how we going to secure tt country. After 17 years? Yea Ieel like iave heard thatbefore. No. You’re abst. Yohave heard it band the problem is that the specific Stor how we were going to deawith afghastan was Ned out, by ministration frankly, and ultimately what needs to be , going to have forces the, if we’re going to work with the Afghans, is we have got to be able to secure that country and allow it to governts that sll remains T done. There is a lot of corruption.thot of tribalism in that countrywe have noalt with T probms of Afghanistan that have to be resolved if we’re ever going T Afghanistan se Thaou very much fort. We hope we can solve it as well. THR joining us this moing, secrery Panetta.
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