tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News August 20, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm PDT
before he does exclamation point. >> greg: i would do the opposite. self-esteem is not good. >> richard: kidnapping of late night. talk about how smart you are. >> greg: i don't have to, the audience speaks. >> jesse: that's it for us. we will see you back here on monday, everybody. have a great weekend. ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. breaking tonight, despite distressing tales at and around the kabul airport in afghanistan, president biden said today he hasn't heard of problems from americans trying to get to the airport and insisted his administration will do everything it can to provide a safe evacuation. >> let me be clear, any american who wants to come home, we will get you home. >> bret: and fox news has learned defense secretary lloyd austin acknowledged to lawmakers there are reports, in fact, that american citizens had been
beaten by the taliban, a direct contradiction to what the commander-in-chief had said just a short time earlier. and that wasn't the only contradiction from the president's remarks this afternoon. white house correspondent jacqui heinrich has the latest from the north lawn. good evening, jackie. >> good evening, bret. the biggest news as the president remarked he extended the commitment to evacuate stranded americans to afghan refugees to allies. but it was incredibly unclear by what means he intends to do that and if it will involve american troops. >> president biden said he is considering rescue operations to recover americans and afghan allies stuck behind taliban checkpoints and seemed to open the door to using american troops. >> this evacuation mission is dangerous and involves risks to armed forces. i cannot promise what the final outcome will be and what it will be-that it will be without risk of loss. but as commander-in-chief, i can assure you that i will mobilize
every resource necessary. >> fox news confirmed thursday the state department was looking to nonmilitary ways to reach americans and allies stranded beyond the airport perimeter. and the president said there is a reason troops haven't been sent out yet. >> it's likely to draw an awful lot of unintended consequences. in terms of people who, in fact, are not part of the taliban. >> the president claims so far the deal with the taliban promising safe passage for americans has been working. >> we have no indication that they haven't been able to get in kabul through the airport. >> that's not what defense secretary lloyd austin standing by the president's side when he made that statement told house lawmakers on a call about a half hour later. multiple lawmakers on the call tell fox austin said there have, in fact, been reports of americans beaten by the taliban in kabul. the president also claims there has been no challenge to america's credibility on the world stage. >> as a matter of fact, the exact opposite i have got. the exact opposite thing is we
are acting with dispatch. we are acting, committing to what we said we would do. >> the u.k.'s daily telegraph reads parliament model the president in contempt, condemning the dishonor of biden's withdrawal. still, biden took responsibility for his decision admitting he took action based on what he called consensus opinion despite warnings, including the confidential state department dissent cable in july telling of a potential rapid collapse. >> i made the decision the buck stops with me. i took the consensus opinion. >> finally the president said when the mission is complete, the u.s. will conclude its military withdrawal and finally bring an end to 20 years of military action. those words seeming to leave open the possibility that the august 31st deadline will not hold. bret? >> bret: jacqui heinrich live on the north lawn. thank you. the desperation continues to grow for those trying to escape the taliban's rule in afghanistan. terrifying new video outside the
kabul airport shows just how dangerous the situation has become there. reports indicate the taliban are still going door to door searching for u.s. allies. correspondent benjamin hall shows us tonight from london. >> the kabul airport is totally surrounded. thousands of desperate people are begging to get, in begging for help, but it is overwhelmed. >> as you can see there is a lot of people here. we need support. i mean, we all need support. please come help us. and this is what we should deserve after serving you guys for a while. calling on everyone. all this bleeding. i'm bleeding all over. >> all the while the taliban strengthening their grip on the city. more checkpoints. more door-to-door searches for people who worked for the americans. reports some have been hanged and fear is growing. >> i served my life over a
decade i served with the u.s. government. now, what happens to my family? served 1/3 of my life with the u.s. government and now i'm not even able to save my only family and own blood. >> for now the u.s. is still relying on the taliban to provide safe passage to the airport. but, with no idea how many americans are left in afghanistan, no idea how long the deal with the taliban will last, things are looking bleak. >> taliban will kill you becausage [inaudible] and you are a woman and you are working national tv. >> outside kabul there is more brutality and oppression. reports indicate the militants are summarily executing people who helped u.s. forces. despite this, a remarkable scene, brave afghans in several cities still defiantly carry afghan flags through the street
until the taliban opened fire and killed some of them, too. of and we have heard from the state department tonight that 11 countries have agreed to act as transit points flights leaving kabul that will really help with processing some of the people. among them germany, denmark, uzbekistan, u.k. and turkey whether or not that can get people out in time that still remains to be seen. bret? >> bret: benjamin hall live in london, thank you. >> we have no indication that they haven't been able to get in kabul through the airport. we have made an agreement with the taliban thus far. they have allowed them to go through. it's in their interest for them to go through. to the best of our knowledge, the taliban checkpoints, they are letting through people showing american passports. >> bret: president biden this afternoon. bring in house armed services committee florida congressman mike waltz also a combat decorated green beret, served a number of years in afghanistan.
congressman, you were on that call this afternoon a short time after those remarks with the defense secretary. what did he say? >> yeah, bret. the contradiction it spin the lie or this administration is either clueless or heartless. i haven't figured it out yet or all of the above. but we have the president of the united states, the commander-in-chief, saying no al-qaeda in afghanistan. we have a press person saying well, they're, they are there. but they are not as much of a threat since 2008. you got the president saying that americans are getting through, no problem. you have the secretary of defense saying that they are getting beaten at taliban checkpoints and you have the commander-in-chief saying our allies are saying no big deal. no problem. you have the british parliament, condemning the biden administration. and successor saying this is the biggest in nato's history. i can't think of a time in
modern history where we have looked more feckless and beat and i'm in touch with special operation range they are ready to go get our americans their hands are being tied behind their back by this white house. >> bret: i want you to take off your republican congressman hat that obviously politically hitting this administration and democrats are doing it, too. and i want you to put back on the green beret and say what do we need to do as military? can they draw up a planned say, mr. president, this is what we need to do? what militarily do we need to do on the ground? >> well, first of all, we need to get the force in place to go get our americans behind enemy lines. thousands that are behind enemy lines and from a negotiation standpoint, you know, there just seems the fear of what the taliban will do or some type of escalation. we need to put the fear in them,
period. right? that it's in their interest and not touch a hair on a single american's head. and guess what, taliban, we are coming in with force, if necessary, to get them out. we don't even know how many are inside kabul vs. out in the hinder land. hundred hinterland, taking bagram back air base east of kabul and making it clear that we're going to be there as long as it takes to get every single american, no one left behind and our interpreters and their families. from the state department's standpoint, bret, there are literally a dozen congressional offices that i know of with all hands on deck, congressional offices with their staff fighting through the bureaucracy to help people that have reached out [inaudible] these are people that stood with us. i can't think of any other immigrants that deserve to be there more than they do. and the state department needs to streamline that process
rapidly. biden needs to take a step, a page from ford's playbook. administration to get the south vietnamese out and put everything and every asset into it. you know, bret, i mean, this is like a self-inflicted [inaudible] it really is. but biden [inaudible] i'm incredibly afraid for our allies and our fellow american citizens today. >> bret: you mentioned al-qaeda, and i'm going to play this soundbite, the president and the pentagon spokesman john kirby. >> what interest do we have in afghanistan at this point with al-qaeda gone? >> we know that al-qaeda is a presence as well as isis in afghanistan. what we believe is that there isn't a presence that is significant enough to merit a threat to our homeland. >> bret: okay. i'm going to take some time and
just read this. this is from the dispatch thomas jocelyn spends a lot of time. he has been on this show a lot. >> yep. >> bret: about al-qaeda. he says no, mr. president. al-qaeda is not gone from afghanistan. i have spoken to several u.s. officials who think hundreds of al-qaeda man were released from taliban jail break this years. some of these tastes are al-qaeda big wigs i tracked the presence of al-qaeda and affiliated groups in 18 of afghanistan's 34 provinces from november 2020 to april of 2021. in june the u.n. security council reported that large numbers of al-qaeda fighters and other foreign extremist elements aligned with the taliban are located in various parts of afghanistan. in addition, a significant part of the leadership of al-qaeda resides in afghanistan and pakistan's border region. in the spring, the defense intelligence agency reported that the taliban has maintained close ties with al-qaeda. in january, the u.s. treasury department reported that al-qaeda is gaining strength in afghanistan while continuing to operate with the taliban under
the taliban's protection. lastly, al-qaeda capitalizes on its relationship with the taliban through its network of mentors and advisors who are embedded with the taliban providing advice, guidance and financial support. this is a guy who knows this stuff. you were on the ground in afghanistan. how can the president say that al-qaeda is gone? >> again, either lying or clueless. i'm not sure. but biden's own intelligence community briefed us, briefed the and said that al-qaeda and the taliban are married at the hip. i am convinced i have been saying for years that if it happens al-qaeda 3.0 will come roaring back. it is heart breaking to see this on the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. but, bret, this is going to be far worse. right? this is going to be far worse than when isis came roaring back same team that's around biden was around obama and pulled us out of iraq too soon. the isis caliphate attacked
around the world because at least around iraq [inaudible] we had bases and allies. we turkey, we had paces in israel and the gulf states. look around the map in afghanistan, we have nothing. not a single country has agreed to host american forces. all of our local allies are being hunted down as we speak. and the taliban are going to be armed to the teeth by the -- i mean storehouses of heavy quiments, tanks and ammunition. >> bret: one more thing. >> sure. >> bret: for people who say that the president is right that america wanted to end the forever war, the troops on the ground in afghanistan, and you look at the threat assessment, and you look at what is happening, how do you answer that? it is still politically popular to bring troops home. but, [inaudible] going to be facing a lot of threats going forward. >> i have talked about this in many town halls. and when you ask people do you want the troops out of
afghanistan? of course the numbers are in the 70s, 80%. i want us out of afghanistan. every veteran, everyone does. but when you ask the question do you want us out of afghanistan if it means al-qaeda 3.0, or 9/11, san bern teen know and the american homeland is at risk? should we stay on offense vs. defense in the answer is very different. but this president didn't bother to explain the real choices to the american people. and, frankly, a number of administrations i don't think have looked at it that way. but, that's the risk we face right now. that's the reality. and we have to live in the reality that we live in. al-qaeda fully intends to hit us again if given the chance. >> bret: congressman mike waltz from florida again green beret, thanks for the time. >> all right. thanks, bret. >> bret: up next, one of former president trump's key immigration policies makes a comeback. we will tell you what that is. first, here is what some of our
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♪ >> bret: breaking tonight, the fda is aiming to give full approval to pfizer's covid-19 vaccine on monday. that's according to the "new york times" this afternoon. the approval could give the vaccination campaign a boost by convincing more unvaccinated americans that pfizer shot is safe and effective and fda authorized completely. the fda has declined to comment on that report so far. as covid-19 hospitalizations surge across the u.s., more americans are choosing to get vaccinated but now in what may be a first in the country, a school district is requiring all eligible students in addition to staff to get the jab. will correspondent steve harrigan is covering it all from atlanta. >> as more children test positive for covid-19, the debate over masks in schools intensifies across the country. [chanting] no masks for kids. >> several florida school districts are defying governor ron desantis' ban or mask mandates and requiring everyone to wear a mask.
a state department of education has threatened to begin withholding salaries for school board members unless they reverse their policy within 48 hours. culver city school district in california is going even further, a mandate that all eligible children, as well as teachers and staff, must show proof of vaccination by novembe. the move has decided the parents. >> i kind of agree with it. you don't know if someone has it or not at this point. we all look normal. you can have asymptomatic. >> i don't agree with it. it should be a choice. >> two counties in western michigan ordered masks in schools through sixth grade citing the risk of the delta variant for young children who don't qualify for vaccines. san francisco became the first major city in the nation to require proof of full vaccination friday for people dining inside restaurants, working thought gyms or attending in indoor concerts. restaurants added extra staff to
begin verifying proof before allowing them. in in alabama, one doctor says he will no longer treat unvaccinated patients beginning october 1st because he says covid is a miserable way to die and i can't watch them die like that. >> it wasn't a lack of love that led them to not vaccinated they just really believed that was best thing to do. she paid the ultimate price for it now her kids are payings the ultimate price for it, too. that's where my heart goes. >> a tragedy realized by the family of 42-year-old lydia rodriguez. >> her husband had died just two weeks earlier. also from covid. bret? >> steve harrigan in atlanta. steve, thank you. again, you can find nearby vaccine locations by going to vaccines.gov. ible january 6th riot on the u.s. capitol was not centrally accord nativitied by far right groups or prominent supporters of then president donald trump. that's according to a new report
from reuters. the report citing fbi sources found wings of protesters who aimed to break into the capitol but found no evidence of an organized plot, the fbi has not officially commented on that story yet either. a major blow tonight to president biden's immigration policy. a judge ruling the administration must reinstate a trump era mandate that biden scrapped earlier this year. this as fox news gets an exclusive look at how one police department is dealing with the record migrant surge at the border. chief correspondent jonathan hunt has the story tonight again from la joya. >> we will see a lot of activity. >> not just the u.s. border patrol stretched then local law enforcement on the southern border is under pressure, too. officers like sergeant gaza with the la joya police department out every night tough terrain next to the rio grande backing
up border agents and lending a helping hand to migrants who are frequently disoriented, dehydrated and desperate. >> i'm afraid myself. sometimes when i see these kids, it's heart breaking that their parents put them through this. >> sergeant gaza says he didn't trade train for this but he and his fellow officers have no choice but to step up when the number of migrants crossing the border exploded this year. >> 2 or 300 something we weren't used. to say [inaudible] patrolling our city streets. and now, with this, it's overwhelming. >> many of these migrants claiming asylum may now be dealt with as they were under the trump administration return-to-mexico and told to wait there until their asylum case is adjudicated. the so-called remain in mexico policy that the biden administration scrapped earlier this year.
the fifth circuit of appeals on thursday upheld an earlier court decision ordering president biden to reinstate the policy as early as today. >> it's the latest in a series of legal setbacks for the biden administration with many of the courts now hearing these cases presided over by judges appointed by president trump. bret? >> bret: jonathan hunt along the border. jonathan, thank you. breaking just moments ago, the biden administration is asking the u.s. supreme court to block the remain in mexico ruling. justice department filed the emergency request today hoping the court acts immediately so the injunction does not go into effect tomorrow. up next, the effort to get americans out of the kabul airport and out to safety and from flights there in afghanistan gets more complicated. plus, how our exit from afghanistan and how it's being done is impacting our international partnerships. ♪ >> the damage to the united
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citizens and allies in afghanistan. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has this part of the story from the pentagon. >> u.s. military does not have permission to leaf the airport in kabul and carry out rescue operations even though british, french and german paratroopers are doing so. one brave american unit did rescue 169 americans stuck just outside the airport at a taliban check point. we have also learned that a marine from the 24th marine expeditionary group lifted this afghan baby to safety delivering the child to medical personnel. the baby was reunited with his father. new details are also emerging about this evacuation flight from sunday. 823 afghans not 640 were squeezed on to this rescue flight due to the quick thinking of airmen first class nicholas barron the load master and lieutenant colonel who flew the plane. they said there was no time to
worry about seat belts. >> we did what needed to be done to deliver hope and freedom. we knew the ability of our aircraft and safely and effectively with all the crew members i had had the upmost they would get it done. >> biden says u.ss into national interest in afghanistan. >> look, let's put this thing in perspective here. what interest do we have in afghanistan at this point with al-qaeda gone? >> what is your current estimate for how many al-qaeda are inside afghanistan? >> i haven't seen an estimate on that -- okay, i don't know if we have an exact estimate. >> military intelligence estimate about how many al-qaeda remain in afghanistan? >> we know that al-qaeda is a presence as well as isis in afghanistan and we have talked about that for quite some time. we do not believe it is exorbitantly high but we don't have an exact figure for you. >> can you explain why there is no national interest in afghanistan? why did we have troops there for
20 years if there is no national interest in afghanistan. >> we had a significant interest in being in afghanistan to our national security 20 years ago. >> and, bret, we have just learned new details after being told all day that u.s. troops were not leaving the airport. did not have permission to go and rescue americans inside kabul or outside of kabul. we have just learned from the pentagon press secretary that three chinook helicopters carried out a rescue mission about 200 yards from the airport where 169 americans were stranded at a building. they rescued those 169 americans and brought them into the airport. they are now safe. back to you. >> bret: jen, quickly, you know, we saw defense secretary austin, i guess, wednesday say we don't have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people. is it possible that it may start happening and we don't know it? >> well, you always have a possibility of mission creep any
time you have u.s. forces on the ground. what we are seeing is that there are cases and when you have troops there and there are calls for help, it's going to be difficult for them to say no if they're american citizens. >> bret: exactly. all right. jennifer griffin, great job at the pentagon, jen, thanks. president biden insists u.s. integrity is in good stabbing in our allies regarding his decision to exit afghanistan. still, concerns are growing tonight that the withdrawal is being seen as abandonment of our partners. state department correspondent rich edson examines how that perception is affecting our global relations. >> i have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world. >> for days the white house and state department have highlighted international coordination on afghanistan. >> i have spoken with our a nato allies. i have spoken with nato allies. >> yet many american partners and allies are now questionable american credibility. >> we just feel that we have to follow the united states and hopes that on a wing and prayer it would be all right.
>> the european union say kabul's fall a catastrophe and that, quote: president biden said the other day it has never beens the purpose, state building was not the purpose? well this is arguable. in germany angela merkel says her country and other european allies needed the united states. >> we have always said that we were fundamentally depending on the decisions of the american government. >> arm lash set a politician who may succeed america greatest debacle america has. another merkel ally says the united states bears the main responsibility for this situation. >> this brings into question the credibility of the united states is a global leader and moral leader in the world. they have look to us for the conviction and strength of our values. >> american adversaries are piling on. the chinese foreign ministry
says quote the major changes in afghanistan once again show that democracy imposed and transplanted by others will not last or be firm. a sentiment among other autocrats even those who had invaded other countries. >> irresponsible politics of imposing foreign values from outside must be stopped as well as the urge to build in other countries foreign guided democracy. >> secretary of state antony blinken has just released a statement thanking allies and partners for help on evacuation and maintains the u.s. is working to ramp up operations. bret? >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. rich, thank you. up next, the impact of our afghanistan exit and what's happening now on veterans of america's longest war. ♪ ♪
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the chaos in afghanistan is weighing heavily on those who served in america's longest war. lucas tom lipson is at the pentagon tonight with veteran reaction to all that has ensued over the past seven days. >> i think it's kind of embarrassing really. >> sceafn u.s. army combat veteran from the war in afghanistan. >> never look at the bigger picture. >> withdrawing them in my opinion, made no sense except a piece of political theater. i think we as a nation have failed these people because of inept generals and politicians. we should have stayed because the mission is not over. >> veterans angry about what they see a hasty disorganized withdrawal. >> the way it happened almost overnight in the dark. as far as [inaudible] afghanistan going to hold in the future here you know, paced on what i'm seeing right now, it was a failure. >> 20 years ago, the order seemed clear. >> the united states military has begun strikes against al-qaeda terrorist training
camps and military installations of the taliban regime in afghanistan. >> president obama proved orders to have up to 100,000 troops deployed to afghanistan for a counter insurgency mission. a democratic glamour congress said the mission should have been stuck to killing terrorists not building a nation. >> we are going to end this war the way it should have always been prosecuted which is a narrow focus on a counter-terrorism mission. harbor those who might attack the united states homeland and to prevent any future attacks. >> two republican lawmakers both veterans themselves, say they understand the frustration. >> the sacrifice that our warriors have been given either given to this fight for 20 years, many of them are really struggling right now is value and the feeling. >> it makes all of us angry because it was completely avoidable. it was predictable. >> the first green beret in congress may have put it best. summing up how many combat veterans feel. >> half of me wants to grab my
kit and go over there and fight. half of me wants to grab a bottle of bourbon. to every veteran and gold star family out there your sacrifice was not in vain. at the pentagon, lucas tomlinson, fox news. >> bret: struggling veterans can reach out to the veterans crisis hotline to get help. the number right lehr on your screen, 1-800-273-8255. up next, our panel on the latest situation what the president said today, how some of our closest allies are reacting and criticizing president biden's strategy. first, some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. tokyo paraolympics organizers say they will be holding the game under, quote, very difficult circumstances as the day or night surges in japan. the paraolympics began in less than one week. kept under wraps. scaffolding is being put up around the monument to prepare for an art installation that will see the arc covered in
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this is one of the largest, most difficult air lifts in history. i cannot promise what the final outcome will be to the best of our knowledge the taliban checkpoints, they are letting through people showing american passports. the president talked about all that had to do was present their passports and they would be allowed through. they were beaten by the taliban with the rubber fan belt from a vehicle. the reality and the rhetoric are miles apart. i'm not quite sure what advice the president is receiving but the truth on the ground is that these people who are in fear of their life can't get through. >> bret: well, with that, let's bring in our panel "the washington post" columnist marc thiessen, juan williams is a fox news analyst and steve hayes editor of the dispatch. steve, there were a number of things the president said this afternoon that just don't match up and that abc reporter on the ground talking about one of them, obviously.
>> yeah, bret. i mean, this is alarming. we have heard from president biden this past week say a number of things that are provablably demonstrably untrue. we can show them. as you pointed out earlier, his claim that al-qaeda is gone from afghanistan is an astonishing thing for the president of the united states to say and i assure you that he is not using intelligence reports provided by the intelligence agency to come to that conclusion. there are indications that not only is al-qaeda continuing presence on the ground in afghanistan. it's likely to grow. we saw with the prison releases that the taliban prison releases, many al-qaeda fighters being part of those. you have seen history of al-qaeda leaders being killed in afghanistan in recent months and if you listen to the jihadist message boards and posts on social media, it sounds like they understand that afghanistan is likely to be an even friendlier safe haven than it has been now with the taliban in
control. so he is vastly understating the operational risks here in addition to all of the assessments that he has misassessments he has made over the week. i think the most alarming thing from my perspective is that joe biden looks at what's happened over the past week and says validation of his strategy. that is just so at odds with reality and what everybody else is seeing it. it does make you question his fitness to continue to make these judgments. >> bret: yeah. juan, here is a little montage of contradictions this week. >> as we continue to work the logistics of evacuation, we are in constant contact with the taliban. do i trust the taliban? no. we have seen gut wrenching images of panicked people acting out of shear desperation. >> see hundreds of people packed into a c-17. we have seen afghans falling -- >> -- that was four days ago, five days ago. >> i have seen no question of our credibility from allies.
>> commander-in-chief call into question the courage of men i fought with, to claim that they ran, shameful. >> bret: juan, what do you think is really going on? is it staffing? is it the president? what's really happening? >> juan: well, obviously, i think the evacuation has not been orderly. president biden could have handled it better. i think that he is sticking to his principles and i think the good news there is, of course, that for all the back and forth, i think this week we have seen 13,000 people evacuated. the white house says 18,000 since the end of last month. so that's pretty good. but on the ground, you get these inconsistencies, different points of view. but, to me, that's not the big point. to me the big point is after 20 years, after four presidents, that were afraid of this kind of political static for saying we need to end this war, after that
theory, we finally this week ended the war in afghanistan. i mean, to me, this is an incredible moment for america. we stopped the use of afghanistan as a terrorist prime spot for 20 years. >> bret: back to the question. that's the question. i mean, is it the forever war just going to come back in a different framework now with the taliban with billions of dollars of u.s. military equipment, mark? and, you know, you can say it was right to pull out all the troops. the trump administration wanted to do that, too. but how you do it and this particular moment in this week seems like a real political loss. and potentially a loss of a lot of life. mark. marc. >> we didn't end the war the enemy gets to vote. you have to go back and look at what happened in 2011 when joe biden presided over the disastrous withdrawal from iraq. at that time according to john brennan the cia director only
700 isis terrorists left in the country and they built a calibrate the size of great britain and they spread their ten kills around the world and carried out 129 attacks that killed 2,000 people. remember charlie hebdo, the nightclub the blowing up of the brussels airport. they carried out attacks all across the world. joe biden says we have this over the horizon capability? first of all we don't have any intelligence on the ground anymore. we don't have any afghans who are going to tell us where the terrorists are. even if we did it's a land locked country. every other country he named has coast line. there is no coast line in afghanistan. the only way to get to afghanistan is over pakistan or over iran. we are basically back where we were on 9/11 where our only option was to fire $2 million missile into a $2 tent and hate camel in the butt. we have no capability to knock down this threat when it rises up again. >> bret: that was a good quote back then. guys, i ran out of time. have a great weekend.
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to take it. >> we were watching with alarm as district after district and prove shall capital after proven shall capital. >> no one is being killed right now god forgive me if i am roopg right how but no one is getting killed right now. >> they dent deserve to stay in afghanistan. >> if i were a republican running, i would say democrats can't protect us across the world. democrats can't protect our street. and democrats can't protect us at the border. >> [inaudible] my name i don't have hip hop -- >> dana perino and greg gutfeld. >> "special report" has could theys, we do not. we do not. monday on "special report," we'll continue to follow obviously the deteriorating situation in afghanistan. please join us "fox news sunday" this week's guest nebraska senator ben sasse and surgeon
general vivek murthy. there are some stories that cut through that are really big that have a lot of different parts to them. we thank you for trusting us to bring you this story about afghanistan. please remember the soldiers on the ground, the marines on the ground, the efforts that the u.s. military is making every night to bring people home. that's the biggest part of this story and they are in harm's way to help this country. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report." "fox news primetime" hosted by will cain starts right now. hey, will. >> will: thank you, bret. here here. nice message. we will see you next week. welcome to "fox news primetime." ♪ ♪ >> will: i'm will cain and i guess chaos in afghanistan embarrassment on the world stage, americans endangered, this is the price that we pay. this is the cost of a significant percentage of the american population doubtful many of you have watching but a significant percentage of the american population voting for
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