The heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees said Sunday that the Taliban is poised for a “come back.” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on State of the Union Sunday said that the Afghan Army will not be able to sustain itself financially and that she was fearful about an Afghanistan with “60 percent of the country controlled by the Taliban.”
Feinstein called Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has not signed a bilateral security agreement with the US, Karzai “a cipher.”
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighed in as well. “How you leave may be even more important than how you got there,” he said.
“To just say this is too hard and we're going to pack up and come home, we saw the consequences of that in Iraq. It is absolute chaos,” said Rogers.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told Candy that Al-Qaeda continues to be a threat in various regions around the world, including some areas in the Middle East and North Africa. States with failed governments are easier targets and are prime areas where jihadists seek control. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, agreed and said that it is time for Congress to focus on external threats, instead of infighting regarding the NSA. “We're fighting amongst ourselves here in this country about the role of our intelligence community that it is having an impact on our ability to stop what is a growing number of threats,” said Rogers.
The Obama Administration promised that HealthCare.gov will begin to work by this weekend, but could the website be the least of the Affordable Care Act’s problems? In the latest twist, the Supreme Court accepted an appeal concerning mandated contraception coverage, and the site will be unable to enroll small businesses online for another year, making the new deadline November 2014… in other words, AFTER the midterm elections. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are our guests.
Congress’ top two intelligence chairmen tell us you’re not as safe as you think you are. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Mike Rogers on terror threats- domestic and abroad.
And our panel includes CNN Contributors Kevin Madden and Donna Brazile plus Corey Dade of TheRoot.com.
Sunday at 9am and Noon ET.
By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 29, 2013.
1. The moment of truth. With the administration-imposed November 30th deadline to fix the troubled Obamacare website one day away, questions abound. Will things go smoothly or will President Obama face yet another embarrassing setback for his signature legislative accomplishment? The president and officials in charges of Healthcare.gov say they expect the "vast majority" of people who go to the site to have a much better experience than the crashes and delays experienced during its launch last month. Is this Obamacare's sink or swim moment? Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and former Vermont governor and Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean debate the health care law's fate this Sunday on State of the Union.
By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 27, 2013.
1. Open minds on Obamacare. Despite the Affordable Care Act's disastrous rollout, there appears to be a silver lining. While the new CNN/ORC poll finds that 58 percent oppose Obamacare compared to 40 percent who support it, 54 percent also believe that problems facing the law will eventually be solved, including seven out of 10 younger Americans. In addition, 53 percent say it's too early to judge if the law a success or failure. Also, behind the health care law's opposition numbers, 14 percent say it's not liberal enough and doesn't go as far as it should.
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We’re launching this week with the theme: Thanksgiving.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R) Chairman of the House Intelligence Commitee says the Iran nuclear deal may encourage more violence in the future.
John Negroponte and Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.) weigh in on the foreign policy Implications of the Iran nuclear deal.
AB Stoddard, Bill Burton, and Alex Castellanos join Candy Crowley to debate the Iran nuclear deal, Obama's legacy and more.
AB Stoddard emphasizes that "sanctions brought us to this point," and says that if Democrats join the GOP in opposition to the Iran deal then Republicans should have a leg to stand on politically. Castellanos calls President Obama's legacy a "weaker America."
"Al Qaeda would disagree," says Burton.
Candy talks with Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) about the Iran nuclear deal.