Senate poised to vote to keep government running into 2019

Senate poised to vote to keep government running into 2019


(MM) RIGHT NOW.. WE ARE TWO DAYS FROM A PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS A SERIES OF SPENDING BILLS BY FRIDAY NIGHT OTHERWISE ABOUT —-800-THOUSAND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WILL EITHER HAVE TO WORK WITHOUT PAY —-OR BE FURLOUGHED. PRESIDENT TRUMP APPEARS TO BE STANDING FIRM ON HIS DEMAND FOR A BORDER WALL. DEMOCRATS HAVE HELD FIRM AGAINST —-ANY NEW BORDER WALL MONEY. YESTERDAY THEY REJECTED A PROPOSAL FROM SENATE REPUBLICANS FOR —-ONE-BILLION DOLLARS TO FUND OTHER IMMIGRATION ISSUES. MIKE: EYEWITNESS NEWS ANALYST LT. GENERAL REGINALD CENTRACCHIO JOINS US IN STUDIO TO ALSO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR TROOPS AND ALSO THE BIG STORY COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE CONCERNING SYRIA. FIRST LETS TALK ABOUT THIS: EITHER WAY, SHUT DOWN OR NOT DOES IT AFFECT THE MILITARY? GENERAL: THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. IN FACT, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANY UNITS WITHIN THAT ENTITY WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. IT ONLY INVOLVES THOSE FEDERAL UNITS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE OD. MIKE: ANOTHER MAJOR STORY IS WORD OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THE UNITED STATES PLANS A COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM SYRIA WITHIN THE NEXT 60-100 DAYS. THE REASONING–ISIS IS DEFEATED. YOUR TAKE? GENERAL: I’M SURE THAT THAT IS THE CASE AND I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT TO QUESTION THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WE’VE BEEN THERE, WE’VE DONE IT AND WE MADE THE SAME MISTAKE IN THE PAST. ONCE YOU PULL TROOPS OUT YOU CREATE A VACCUUM. THAT MEAN IRAN AND RUSSIA WILL FILL THAT BACKFIELD. HE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT OBVIOUSLY THE AIR TROOPS, TALKED ABOUT GROUND TROOPS. I’M ASSUMING THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN. GROUND TROOPS ARE VACCUUM FILLED, WE GOT THE SITUATION ALL OVER AGAIN. MIKE: HOW DO WE ENSURE ISIS CANNOT RE-EMERGE? GENERAL: YOU CAN’T. WE’VE SEEN IT, WE’VE DONE IT AT LEAST SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE. IN SYRIA, THEY WOULD KNOW THE PARTS OF THE MIDEAST. IN MY OPINION TAKING TROOPS OUT OF THIS JUNCTURE WOULD CAUSE NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT WE’VE SEEN BEFORE. MIKE: 52-HUDNRED GROUND TROOPS ARE IN IRAQ–HOW FAST CAN THEY DEPLOY TO SYRIA IF NEEDED? GENERAL: THE TROOPS THAT WE WOULD TAKE OUT, THE TROOPS THEMSELVES WOULD PRESENT A PROBLEM. IT’S THE LOGISTICS IN ALL OF THE LOGISTICS TRAIN THAT GOES WITH THEM TO PULL THAT OUT AND THEN TO GET THAT BACK IN, YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A COUPLE WEEKS. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT SEVERAL MONTHS TO BE ABLE TO GET US BACK TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. MIKE: IS THERE FEAR THAT ASSAD WOULD GAIN MORE POWER AT THIS POINT? GENERAL: CLEARLY THAT’S ONE ISSUE. IRAN IS LOOKING FOR THE VACCUUM AS WELL AS RUSSIA AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT WOULD BE THE CASE ONCE WE PULL OUT THEY’LL FILL IT. MIKE: DEFENSE SEC JAMES MATTIS HAS SAID–YOU WIN THE FIGHT–THEN YOU WIN THE PEACE. DOES THAT APPLY HERE? GENERAL: LOOKING AT WHAT HE SAID: TOTALLY. YOU KNOW THE US MILITARY IS DESIGNED TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT A WAR, WIN IT AND COME HOME. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO, ONCE AGAIN IN MY OPINION, WITH ESTABLISHING PEACE. THAT’S A DIPLOMATIC RULE AND THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THAT BUT USUALLY THE US MILITARY WILL GO IN AND FIGHT A BATTLE WITH THE END RESULT BEING PEACE, THAT’S NOT WHAT THEY ARE DESIGNED FOR. AND WE’VE SEEN THAT THAT DOES WORK. MIKE: ALRIGHT GENERAL THANK YOU. MERRY CHRISTMAS. GENERAL: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MIKE: THANK YOU

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