have asked for the advice of some of the battle-scarred retired veterans, admirals and generals, connected with the Center for Defense Information. [...]

O'REILLY: But you still haven't told me how you're going to get bin Laden, Omar and remove the Taliban. How would you have done that?

NADER: You'd have to use military force. You'd have to invoke international law. You'd have to go after...

O'REILLY: But you don't want bombing?

NADER: Oh, why bomb massive amounts of Afghanistan, which we're going to have to rebuild with taxpayer dollars and not get them?

O'REILLY: Because it brought the Taliban down.

NADER: But the Taliban -- see, what we weren't smart enough in doing is pitting the Taliban survival against the al Qaeda. You see? That's what we weren't smart enough to do, because we had a West Texas sheriff in the White House saying we're going to get them. We're going to smoke them out.


NADER: Well, it's a lot easier to get into Afghanistan than to get out. And what do we have now? Total war lordism, the thugs are back, banditry, brutality. The interim government doesn't even control Kabul.
And so we're getting mired, more and more.

O'REILLY: That's a good point. But I still don't know how you would have driven the Taliban from power and have bin Laden on the run? If you're not going to use air power because you don't want civilian casualties, and you don't want massive U.S. casualties, what do you do?

Send in 50,000 ground troops to do the job? You wouldn't have done that, would you?

NADER: No, I wouldn't. It wouldn't have required that.

O'REILLY: So all right, yes.

NADER: Spies, bribes and commandos, a very surgical effort. And saying to...

O'REILLY: Without the bombing?

NADER: Well, wait, you say to the Taliban, you choose. You want to stay in power, get out of the way.

O'REILLY: But they did that. They did that in the beginning. They said "Look, hand them over or we're going to destroy you."

NADER: But that's not the way to do it. You do it by giving them a week or two of negotiations, face-to-face. I mean, you can't say to a regime, hand them over. Hand who over? Clear enough for you? Spies, bribes, commandos, oh my!

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