Brad Johnson on John Bolton leaving, and his replacement

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Brad Johnson it is September 11th 2019

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and the president has just let go of its

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national security adviser so what John

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Bolton was yes who had certainly there

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was some conflicts there was some major

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decisions and and mr. John Bolton’s been

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let go what do you know about that and

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what does the future look like well it’s

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kind of an interesting development I

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wouldn’t it’s one of those things where

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you know I wouldn’t attach too much

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importance to the fact that John

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Bolton’s leaving in and of itself we’ve

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known for months that John Bolton was

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leaving I’ve said to you in a number of

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interviews previous interviews that

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we’ve done that he would be gone by the

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end of the year and sure enough here we

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are in September and it’s a it’s a done

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deal now this is something that had been

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decided upon months ago and John Bolton

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had agreed to leave which is why you see

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the discussion publicly he was left

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yesterday it’s why you see the public

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discussion as to whether he you know

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quit essentially submitted his letter of

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resignation or was fired by the

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president and the reason that Bolton

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considers himself having resigned is

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because he agreed to leave a couple of

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months ago and just said well ok let’s

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you know let’s see when it gets actually

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done and so on but I’ll agree and you

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know whenever it becomes convenient at

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this certain time then I’ll go ahead and

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go alright well yesterday the president

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decided it was the right time and said

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you’re done and so both left submitted

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his letter letter of resignation and

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left so I would actually say kind of in

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a sense you know both are right I mean

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you know he did in fact kind of sort of

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resigned because he agreed to leave you

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know months ago and now has finally left

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and the president is sort of right

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because he did say yesterday ok you’re

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done so you know that’s why you hear

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this back and forth and nothing

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definitive has come out on that because

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it’s kind of you know you could describe

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it either way pretty easily and be and

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not be wrong at least I’ll put it that

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way

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so John Bolton is out it’s we’ve all

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known this is coming as I said it’s

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something I’ve mentioned in multiple

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interviews that it was coming so it’s

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absolutely no

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surprise to anybody the motives for him

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leaving have also been discussed

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publicly to some degree it’s certainly

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negotiations with the Taliban leaving

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Afghanistan and John Bolton was a very

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dedicated to regime change in Iran now

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he had essentially conflict with

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over many

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of these issues the according to a lot

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of what people are saying that

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loggerheads that you would see or the

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disagreement that you would see taking

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place led by Pompeo on the one hand and

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Bolton on the other was something that

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the president didn’t mind he liked that

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because it would force different ideas

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to be discussed and I’m sure Moulton

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wants someone lost some and Mike Pompeo

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want someone lost some and I’m not the

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first to point out that when John Bolton

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left yesterday that Pompeo was out on an

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interview talking to the oppressor and

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was talking to the the press at that and

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was quite jovial and and seemed very

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pleased with life which may be a

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complete coincidence but it’s probably

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also look you know linked to the fact

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that his protac

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you know his is the opposition probably

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is the better word left and so was now

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gone so I think Mike was quite pleased

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with the situation to see John Bolton

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leave but that I don’t think that’s

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again that important John Bolton and

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Mike Pompeo are good examples of the two

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types of people that you see in

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Washington John Bolton was free to argue

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strenuously for regime change in Iran as

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by way of example the reason he was free

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because his ambitions in life are not

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political he doesn’t particularly want

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to run for political office that’s not

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what he’s after

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nor do I think he would be a

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particularly good candidate or

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particularly electable so he could but I

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don’t think that’s just in in in the

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game plan for Bolton that provides a

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certain level of freedom to him to say

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whatever he believes in and that’s what

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you saw

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whereas Mike Pompeo is sort of the

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opposite

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Mike Pompeo absolutely does have onward

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ambitions

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so that greatly governs his behavior and

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how he handles himself what he argues

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for with the president what he doesn’t

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argue for with the president all of that

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because he’s taking into consideration

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his future run for probably president

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and you know after Trump second term I’m

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imagining is the plan and he’s a young

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enough man that that he could he could

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do that so that’s a perfect example of

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sort of the two general types of people

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that you commonly see on the hill and

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leadership positions now him leaving now

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what you’re seeing the the yesterday

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when he left in the morning it was

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announced early there were three

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candidates being discussed to replace

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him by the afternoon it’s four and by

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this morning it’s ten so the number of

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that are supposedly on the list is is

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growing now the president whoever now

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some of these names that on the list are

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people promoting their guy and there’s a

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lot of interest in Washington DC so

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there’s a lot of me people promoting

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their guy many of those people that you

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see on the list probably don’t stand any

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chance whatsoever but they come up some

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of them need a job some of them would be

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your good guys that are well connected

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within a support group or a system of

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organizations that want to see that

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person be in their to voice their

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perspective on things so that’s what

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you’re seeing the jockeying right now

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and those ten names have grown not

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because the president has released them

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but because you have factions pushing

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for them so that’s why that list has

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gotten so big now in the reality of it

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is the president is going to be doing

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interviews here fairly soon he’s going

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to start bringing these people in to

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discuss it with him he said he wants to

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announce next week if that’s the case

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you know he’s going to have to start

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these interviews really quickly so over

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the next week at the most I would

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suspect he’s gonna have to start

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bringing people in to discuss it with

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him now the president I know of other

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discussions he’s had with other people

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for example the Director of National

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Intelligence sloth that was filled by

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Dan coats dan coats was let go as well

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has has not been filled yet I don’t

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believe so

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those interview interviews that were

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going on in that process were quite

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quick he made up his mind

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he’s that’s sort of his wheelhouse if

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you will is getting people and

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interviewing him for the job trying to

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decide if you like him or don’t like him

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and making that decision and moving on

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to the next candidate or trying to push

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to get him in so the president’s

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perfectly capable moving very quickly on

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this so we’ll see what he does but there

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was one candidate in particular that I

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wanted to mention let me say I don’t

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have a dog in the fight so I’m not

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promoting my guy I’m promoting the

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interests of the United States of

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America which as president of Americans

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from national or for Americans for

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intelligence reform which supports

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national security that is my objective I

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want the best guy for the job

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not necessarily pushing my best but our

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friend into those positions so the guy I

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want to mention is a colonel named

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Douglas McGregor and the reason I

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mention him is he’s not Scott now i’m an

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ops guy so i there’s a certain affinity

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there he was military i’m agency but

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still ops is ops in many ways so it

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provides a certain understanding that he

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has a lot of the guys that trump is has

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liked and picked our retired generals

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now absolutely nothing against retired

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generals military very pro military in

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every way and but there are certain

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realities that have to be acknowledged

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in hiring those you don’t become a three

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or four star general admirals as well

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without being political it just doesn’t

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happen anymore you might see if you get

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your first star you automatically after

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a period of time get your second star

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you might see some second star to star

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generals that are not very political but

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they don’t go past that because to get

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the third or the fourth they must be

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political so generals as a whole tend to

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be very political not all but very much

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so it’s certainly a trend and what I

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like about Colonel McGregor retired is

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that he recognizes that very much and he

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talks about the mentality at the

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Pentagon among the leadership which is

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very political and have you’ve heard me

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say it many times I don’t point only the

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finger at the military’s but certainly

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the Pentagon is that way the CIA is that

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way NSA is that way DOJ is that way FBI

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is that way they’ve become overly

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political so the

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guys not he is a an ops guy so we’re all

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of those generals are moving around

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pieces on the map and that’s all they

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think about no thinking about the

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political aspects of that Colonel Gregor

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is not as an ops guy he knows that those

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pieces on the on the map that they’re

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moving around are there’s people on the

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ground that those things represent and

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he understands what that is what that

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planning is he’s been definitely

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involved in leading a you know attack in

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Iraq and planning and all of those

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stages he’s an ops guy so I like that

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very much because who is it we need

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helping the White House now the the

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president means more of that practical

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ops experience that says yeah you could

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do that or no you can’t do that you know

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that just wouldn’t work because of X Y Z

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that practical operational hands-on

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boots on the ground experience that this

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guy brings the table makes him unique

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and so that’s what’s best for the United

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States of America which I my I would

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argue makes it best for stability in the

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world at that at that position and he’s

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somebody that’s been on TV I think he’s

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been on Fox News and different news

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programs and but he’s got that practical

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operational experience that I big

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believer and I wish we had more of that

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in these positions because the guy said

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we bring in and put in those positions

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are political there and you’ve heard me

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rail about a number of different things

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like the 9/11 Commission they filled the

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room with a bunch of retired congressmen

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and Senators and lawyers and all these

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guys that are political and didn’t put a

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single operator in the room with them so

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what did we get out of the 9/11

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Commission more bureaucracy more

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political stuff we didn’t get anything

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that was practical and if you’d filled

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the room with guys like myself I would

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include myself in that and certainly

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Colonel McGregor if you if you feel the

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room with guys like that what you’re

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going to get our practical solutions to

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real world problems because we all

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understand you know you want X to happen

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that means we got to go get somebody and

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put them on the ground there to go do

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that and is that plausible that that

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could be accomplished or not and so how

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do you make those judgment

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when your politician you don’t you need

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the ground truth guys and that’s that’s

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why I like him so like I say no dog in

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the fight if you’ll allow me that saying

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to use in this case I don’t know him

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never met him I know he’s around the DC

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area like I am so certainly possible to

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bump into him at some point but he would

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be my first choice that would be the guy

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I’d recommend president Trump if you’re

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listening to me please give very serious

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consideration to the kernel here and and

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and and understand the value that he

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would bring to the table for you with

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that true honest-to-god operational

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insight and understanding that none of

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the other candidates would bring to you

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so I I’ve got my fingers crossed we’ll

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see what the president does I don’t know

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how much the president recognizes that

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gap in what he has so we’ll see hey

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this’ll this should according to the

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president this will unfold very quickly

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and we’ll know probably within a week to

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two weeks

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you

 

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