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Fox News - Newt Talks About the White House, Reform, and Afghanistan.

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GINGRICH: You know, I -- I think he`s got himself now in a difficulty, because he wanted to campaign saying: Iraq was the bad war. Afghanistan is the good war. I`m really not a normal left-winger. I am actually for being tough in Afghanistan. Now he`s finding out, I think, that -- that -- because Afghanistan is not isolated. You have to deal with Afghanistan and Pakistan as the same problem. The Pashtun people cross the border. They have no sense of traditional European nation states. And Northwest Pakistan is an enormous challenge. I think they`re finding this is much harder than they thought it would be. I think it`s going to take a long time, not a short time. I do think that General Petraeus understands probably as much about counterinsurgency as anybody in the American military. And I think that, given time, they will eventually be successful. But the president is conflicted, because, as a member of the left wing of his party, it is very hard for him to go to the country and remind the country that the world is dangerous, there are people who want to kill us, and it is better for us to be hunting them in Afghanistan and Northwest Pakistan than for them to be hunting us in the United States.


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