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and decades. mutual respect and partnership so whatever your politics, i think we can all raise a proverbial glass to these two. >> lawrence: fine example. >> greg: bill clinton is thinking mine feels like 75 years. >> lawrence: that does it for us. "special report" is up next. hey, bret. >> bret: with you, "special report" with you, too. so we have the brennan center behind the scenes with your daily life. we will talk in a bit. thanks, jesse. >> jesse: we will talk substance. [laughter] >> bret: good evening, welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. breaking tonight, we are following several major stories, cuba is seeing its largest antigovernment protest in decades. we will tell you what president biden is now saying about them. the general, who has been in charge of u.s. troops in afghanistan has stepped down relinquishing his command as the american withdrawal winds down. but tonight we begin with america's crime crisis. president biden bringing community and law enforcement leaders together at the white
house today to talk about the problems across the country of y after another brutal and deadly weekend. the president's focus has been on gun control while several of his democratic colleagues still want to cut police budgets. republicans, obviously, disagree. we have fox team coverage tonight. matt finn is in chicago where the weekend summer violence was unrelenting. we begin with white house correspondent peter doocy live from the north lawn. good evening, peter. >> good evening, bret. we spoke to senior administration officials today who tell us they don't think the rise in crime in big cities run by democratic politicians are because of democratic will will law enforcement and local leaders have been doing in those big cities isn't working. >> well, there is no one size fit all approach. >> peter: the white house knows they have got to do something to cut down on crime. >> from the president and the
administration. >> peter: their attention is on big cities inviting guests from chicago, washington, d.c., and new york. >> other communities are waking up to alarm clocks, communities of black, brown and poor people are waking up to gunshots. >> eric adams, running for new york mayor as a democrat, recently railed against calls to defund the police made by democrats. >> do you think the priorities of national democrats may have been misplaced? >> >> yes, i do. i believe those priorities they really were misplaced. it's almost insulting what we have witnessed over the last few years. >> the president is trying something new taking money set aside for covid-19 relief and spending it on beefing up police departments. >> our strategy includes providing money for law enforcement american rescue plan for states, cities and be able to hire police. >> the administration is consulting with community based violence intervention experts, too. >> you say public safety and
people say police. and as my colleagues said, that's, you know, there is an equal system of public safety that we actually have to find. >> republicans and some in law enforcement don't believe preventing crime like that works. arguing a better deterrent would be tougher judges. >> the guns are out there. and the bad guys have the guns. what we need is prosecutors and criminal justice system that is willing to go after these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. >> peter: and tougher sentences. >> you have got to have something dealing with the potential violent nature of whoever is being charged and look at that before you release them on bond. >> peter: the president's guests say today's meeting was productive but the president admit there is no easy fix. >> close to my whole career i have been dealing with this issue. >> peter: the white house believes the main driver of all of this violence is guns. and not just the illegal guns they are trying to stop from trafficked right now but all
guns purchased legally nationwide uptick in sales about 18 months ago. will. >> bret: peter doocy thanks. let's look carnage from this weekend. matt finn is in chicago with the latest. good evening, matt. >> bret, chicago police report that over the weekend here, another 11 people were murdered, 44 people shot across this city. and as peter doocy just reported, today, chicago police superintendent david brown met with the president and the attorney general at the white house. brown says they are all committed to a strike force here in chicago. hyper focused on consequences for people who drive the violence. chicago's top cop says he, attorney general garland had a very substantive meeting. >> offered whatever we needed from the doj we would get those resources including task force officers it includes additional prosecutions it includes fast tracking investigations on conspiracy cases. >> also, police have arrested
the alleged killer seen in this horrific viral video from a few weeks ago here in i chicago. a couple with two young children dragged from their car on june 19th. left for dead in the street. 34-year-old anthony lorenzy was arrested in california facing one charge of first degree murder for shooting the 24-year-old man in that viral video. police say that man may have accidently shot his own girlfriend while trying to defend her. also on saturday night here in chicago, a rapper was released from cook county jail. he made it out onto the street and then was shot up to 64 times and killed. 31-year-old sylvester known as k.t.s. stray was released on $5,000 bond with electronic monitoring after violating a felony gun case last year. 60-year-old woman was believed to be with him. she was shot but is believed to be doing okay. >> in chicago, matt, thanks. mentioned before from peter doocy. gun reform. talked about at the white house today.
>> we know there are some things that work and the first of those that worked is stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes. >> we responded immediately when we saw those students with assault rifles that hit our college campuses in suburban counties and it was the right thing to do. but the problem in america is the handgun. yet, the demographics of the victims are black, brown, and poor. we have ignored it for far too long. >> bret: let's talk about all of this bring in our panel early trey gowdy former congressman from south carolina. harold ford jr. former ten is he congressman and ceo of empowerment and inclusion capital and as mentioned before jesse watters co-host of "the five" author of the new book "how i saved the world." this is a rare event, jesse. >> jesse: it is. i'm feeling very special and i will try not to ruin your show, bret. >> bret: thank you.
trey, let's start with you all this talk of guns and gun reform at the white house. your thoughts about how the white house is hand lick this how president biden is talking about this violence across the country. >> well, you know, bret, gun prosecutions went down under president obama. with vice president biden right there beside him. i want your viewers to focus on the group that cob distantly calls for gun laws, gun prosecutions went down when they were in office. so what we know is defunding the police doesn't work. this bond reform doesn't work. these so-called progressive prosecutors don't work. i have got a really crazy novel idea, how about actually enforce -- you would be shocked, bret, at the gun laws we currently have. but they don't do any good if the federal prosecutors aren't actually enforcing them. so how about we start there? >> bret: harold, there does seem to be a politic some democrats how they talk about this and what the white house is messaging on this.
>> well, first off, congrats to jesse on the book and thanks for having me on. i don't think there is as much of a gap as we think. the leader of the democratic party has never been for defunding the police. he convened a group of law enforcement officials talk candidly, to talk seriously and broadly about how to address this issue. the democratic nominee in the largest city of the country that has witnessed and experienced some of the great crime reductions over the years and i mighted as i would agree with trey, gun prosecutions should go back up. during the -- excuse me during the obama administration crime and violent crime rates are down in a lot of cities. going up now, calls for a different set of reactions. i was encouraged by this meeting. i'm encouraged each by the willness to listen to some of the bail reform changes that must happen. some of them well intentioned wanted bail reform it's not working putting criminals and violent people out on the street. there has to be a better way to achieve what some of those wanted to achieve with bail reform to achieve without
endangering our communities as we certainly have. finally go after ghost guns. they're right about that and i hope they continue that pursuit. >> bret: you know, we just saw that report from matt finn the chicago police superintendent talking about the disregard for police on the streets. take a listen. >> there's no regard for law enforcement's presence at these scenes to bring them to justice. they will fire weapons at law enforcement or oothers. for what appears to be no apparent reason. >> bret: jesse, your thoughts? >> jesse: the country has been too permissive when it documents all of these precincts in liberal america. the gun issue is a dodge. we have the strictest gun laws in these cities. so it's really just about enforcement. if you are a gang banger, bret, and you get popped for illegal possession of a firearm, you could be booked out same day
back on the street, and when it is time for sentencing, if a liberal d.a. only recommends one year instead of the three to seven and the public defender says okay, let's just go 10 days, liberal judges is going to slice it in half and give him six months. so he is paroled in six months back out squeezing the trigger and comes into contact with the law enforcement that's under siege by liberal activist. so, unless we are not talking about incarceration and prosecution, i don't believe this is a serious issue with the democrats. joe biden is doing great on covid, big numbers in terms of approval, but with crime and the border, is he in his 30's. and you add critical race theory to that and gas price the to that. eventually covid is become not an issue anymore. he has some stuff that's really just right there at the edge waiting to take him down. so he need to fix this quickly but i don't see it happening. >> bret: you know, trey, some
media organizations at the beginning as we were covering it here on fox said we were blowing it up out of proportion that this wasn't -- crime wasn't an issue across the country. now there is this meeting at the white house, obviously it's risen to the level politically how does that fall, you know, as we get closer and closer to 2022. >> look, there are lot of folks on the democrat side, harold ford included that are really smart when it comes to politics. you look at jim clyburn and others they want to hold onto the house. they know if the economy is okay and covid is okay. public safety is the number one function of government. so, if you can't do that, and, look, let's be fair, most of this crime state and local. but, when you have democrat members of congress talking about the police the way rashida tlaib and omar and aoc talk about the cops, then it's gonna trickle into the federal system. he get to pick u.s. attorneys. let's pick some that actually believe in putting people, violent offenders in prison. that would be a great place to start.
quit with the progressive prosecutors, pick u.s. attorneys that actually believe in enforcing gun laws. >> bret: all right, panel, we will see you at the bottom of the show. we will do another book tease down there too, jesse. stocks are up today. record closes all around. the dow gained 126, the s&p 500 finished ahead 156789 the nasdaq rose 31. up next, texas democrats bolt out of town on private jets in the name of election reform. we will bring you that story. first, here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 5 in atlanta with the funeral of the golf pro-killed in a triple homicide at a course last week gene siler 44 years old. the map suspected of killing him and two others was arrested thursday. fox 40 in sacramento as firefighters work in extreme temperatures across the west, struggling to contain wildfires. the largest plays of the year in california raging along the nevada state line. it has burned about 134 square miles so far. state regulators are asking
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just four days in to that special legislative session that began last thursday and now the majority of house democrats, well, they once again have abandoned their posts. dozens left austin this afternoon on two private jets and flew to washington, d.c. where they plan to stay for the next couple of weeks until the clock are ups out on the special session here in texas. we're told not all 67 house democrats left the state capitol. just enough to deny republicans the quorum they need to pass the controversial elections bill. because under the texas constitution, at least 100 of the 150 house members must be required -- or must be present for a vote. for any legislation to get passed. the election reform bill would ban drive-thru and early overnight voting in addition to creating new i.d. requirements. for those who want to cast their ballots by mail.
democrats argue that that would disenfranchise lower income texans and voters of color. earlier today vice president kamala harris praised the move. listen. >> i applaud those standing for the rights of all americans and all texans to express their voice now there their vote unencumbered. >> now, last may, house democrats, you remember, staged a walkout just before the end of the regular session so the croght legislation died. texas governor greg abbott meantime has issued a statement not long ago saying, in part, their decision to leave, i'm quoting here inflicts harm on the very texans who elected them to service. bret? >> bret: we'll continue to follow this story. casey stegall in dallas, thanks. president biden says the u.s. is standing with the people of cuba tonight follow. so largest antigovernment demonstrations in decades. correspondent phil keating has
reaction tonight from little ha vanna, florida. >> an unheard of unprecedented demonstration against the cuban communist regime in a dozen cities on the caribbean island. bold defiance on the government's tough grip on and exhausted with decades of poverty and food and medicine shortages. even accusing leadership of a failed response to coronavirus for which the state department was criticized after initially tweeting that was the reason not inept communist rule. in miami's little havana filled one hundreds, if not thousands of supporters in solidarity with the cuban people. also calling for change as they have for the past 50 years with no success. president biden this afternoon. >> the united states stands firmly with the people of cuba as they assert their universal rights and we call on the government of cuba to refrain
from violence, their attempts to silence the voice of the people of cuba. >> cubans on sunday also modified the revolutionary phrase freedom or death. chanting freedom or life. florida's cuban american senator marco rubio posted this on twitter. >> of course vofd has a role to play. this began well before covid. these people are frustrated. they want to live in a normal country. they don't want to have their kids getting on raft and having to leave the country in order to lead normal lives. >> the cuban president canal as usual blamed the island's problems on the u.s. and its trade embargo. in a national address he accused the u.s. of manipulating emotions and feelings through social media. u.s. secretary of state blinken said it would be a grievous mistake for the cuban regime to blame what is happening there as a result of anything the u.s. has done. >> the hour of freedom has arrived. >> miami's cuban american mayor joined the chorus for change. >> people are dying. people are getting beaten and people are suffering and they're starving. and this has been happening for
far too long. >> notably most left leaning democrats have been quiet on the cuba issue today, including new york representative alexandria ocasio-cortez. senator bernie sanders, however, did make a short statement he protests everywhere and he stands by his interview he gave last year on "60 minutes" where he said not everything in cuba is bad on the streets of havana today quiet no, demonstrations and the internet and social media have largely been shut down. bret? >> bret: phil, quickly, we know the cuban american population in little havana intense in everything that comes out of cuba. do they feel on the street that this is a game changer moment there? >> well, some of them are now calling for the u.s. government to intervene in the island nation. this is an opportunity just like back in 2016 when fidel castro died to come gather.
people drive by very slowly honking horns all day. and people banging pots and pans and holding signs demanding cuba change. like i said after five decades of calling for that, nothing has happened in cuba. >> bret: phil keating live in little havana, florida. thanks. authorities in haiti say a florida man in his 60's is the latest suspect detained in the assassination of haitian president jovenel moise. a total of 2 colombians are suspected in that killing as well. 18 of them have been arrested so far along with three haitians. the head of haiti's police say five of the suspects are still at large and at least three have been killed. no motive yet from officials or authorities. u.s. officials who recently arrived in haiti, including representatives from the justice and homeland security departments met sunday with haitian officials. the u.s. has rebuffed haiti's requests for troops. john kirby over the weekend on "fox news sunday" says the request is going through a
review process. up next, between concerns over covid and curriculum, parents want more choices for their kids' schools. we will bring you that first, beyond our borders tonight, lightning kills at least 38 people across three indian states over a 24 hour period. 11 people died after being struck by lightning near a watchtower in person india. police officers says some of the victims were taking selfies near that tower when the lightning struck. british police investigating alleged racist abuse against three black players who failed to score on penalty kicks in england's loss to italy in the european championship final. italy won sunday's shootout 3-2 following a 1-1 draw. police say they will look into what were called offensive and racist social media posts soon after the match. pope francis will spend a few more days in the hospital following his intestinal surgery. vatican saying it wants to optimize recovery and rehabilitation treatment and
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parents fighting over critical race theory links descroimtion legal system. they want choices. anita vogel look at the options patients have in determining their children's education. >> i have always been concerned. >> optimists around the nation have been on guard now about curriculums including critical race theory being taught in public schools. during many got a firsthand look around zoom classes and didn't like what they saw. >> covid showed parents that when it comes down to your children and educational future who is in control? you or a bureaucrat. covid shows us the bureaucrats are in control that has upset a lot of conservative parents. >> conservative parents like jennifer and others upset about woke agendas and strict covid protocols have emboldened by legislative moves in a handful
of states making it easier for parents to choose private schools. teachers unions and others who oppose school choice even some on the right, insist it takes away precious resources from public schools the national education association saying, quote, vouchers undermine strong public education and student opportunities but g.o.p. advocacy groups say the issue will be front and center at the ballot box in the next election cycle. >> what we are seeing now is a real shift school choice the driving issues in the next two elections. >> supreme court decision allowing families in montana public assistance or public high school also being hailed by parents in favor of school choice. the high court is set to take up a similar case in maine soon. bret?
>> bret: anita, thank you. vice president kamala harris being criticized for opposing voter i.d. laws because she says rural people cannot get photocopies of their i.d. cards. >> in some peoplens minds that means, well, you're gonna have to xerox or photocopy your "today" send it in to prove you are how are. there are a whole lot of people who live in rural communities there is no cink co-s or office max near them. >> bret: last month president biden selected harris to lead the administration's effort to expand access to the ballot box. former president donald trump easily won the straw poll at the conservative political action conference this weekend in texas. the former president capturing 70% of the ballots cast and firing up the crowd there. >> with the help of everyone here today, we will defeat the radical left socialists, marxists and the critical race
theorists. we will secure our borders. we will stop heft wing cancel culture. we will restore free speech and fair elections. and we will make america great again. >> bret: florida republican governor ron desantis came in second in that straw poll at 21%. let's bring in senior political analyst brit hume. good evening, brit. i want to talk to you about the former president. >> brit: hey, bret. >> bret: the former president where he stands power not just cpac but within the republican party. >> bret, i think he is going to be with us a while longer. maybe a good while longer, thinking that straw poll there that's the most conservative elements of the party. it isn't necessarily the sentiment of the entire party you there are not many republican politicians who want to speak out against donald trump. not because they think he should lead their ticket in 2024 on or about that he -- or that they can win with him. but because they believe that
his following is still sufficiently strong in the party that they dare not oppose him publicly. that is, i think will where he stands. for the last we're going to do this. we're going to do. not entirely clear what he means the party and him at the head of it or if he just means the party, i an awful lot of things are going to happen between now and 2024 in any shape to run run or not. still at the center of things and he is going to make news and have attention wherever he goes. that's the fact of life for republicans. >> bret: you mentioned that speech. take another piece of that former president at cpac. >> i was banned by -- i was banned by bad people. they are far worse. i don't say i'm perfect. they are far worse than i am. they are far worse. in other words, the entire system was rigged against the
american people and rigged against a fair, decent and honest election. >> bret: i have talked to a lot of the republicans who absolutely love trump policies. they love them. but they had a problem with donald trump, the man. they also had, as far as what he did with twitter and how he talked about things. but, also, donald trump on january 6th in the wake of that as he talks more and more about the stolen election. how big a problem is that for republicans as a party? >> brit: i think it's a very big problem, bret. i saw one poll not long ago that reflects what you were just talking about people in the majority of republicans said they would like to win with his policies a smaller number said they would like to win with him leading the way. and i think that's basically where the matter now stands. i think a lot of rank and file republicans and politicians and a lot of file republican voters wouldn't mind a bit if he went away. they could pick up his agenda and run on it the biden
administration to date seems to have left them plenty of opportunity. the president, the former president outlined a lot of them in his speech on all kinds of issues, crime immigration and on down the list. the party feels it could be a in a strong position. they're afraid to buck him but they're afraid they will lead him to a defeat which is what they feared the first time. and then he did lead to defeat the second time. so that's, i think where they're it he shows no signs of going away, we will see what happens, you know if he gets indicted that might change the calculus time getting his businesses together. >> bret: quickly you mentioned the biden administration they seem to be giving republicans low hanging fruit with the border crisis. there are questions about the economy and crime across the country. vice president harris. copy they are now 70 plus percent of americans who say
total i.d. for voting is okay by them. >> brit: this is a tricky issue. label republicans as people who want to suppress the vote. but a number of the things that the republicans want to do in the laws they are passing across the country and so on are things that are popular and voter i.d. is very high on that list, bret, as you suggest. i think it's politically really stupid to come out and criticize voter i.d. and i think, you know, there are obviously people in the biden white house kind of wonder whether having kamala harris out on front on a lot of these issues has turned out to be a very good move she seems at times lighter than air. >> bret: brit, thank you. >> brit: thank you. >> bret: what the biden administration is missing as it tries to the deal with the border crisis. we will take you there. >> they are flying in to locations in mexico. flying up to locations at the border and they're literally
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♪ >> bret: tonight accusing thebig tough enough on the border crisis. less attention is being given to the huge numbers coming from south america, the caribbean and asia. fox news correspondent william la jeunesse takes a look tonight from los angeles. >> address the root causes. >> root causes. >> the root causes of migration. >> but addressing the root cause of illegal immigration from central america may not address the problem. last week this group of cubans and brazilians crossed into arizona. >> they are flying into locations in mexico. flying up to locations at the border and then being transported by some kind of bus line or a cab company or a
personal vehicles to the border and they are literally walking a couple hundred yashedz across the border. >> some border stations look more like the u.n. than the u.s. ecuador rans, cubans, venezuelans, nicaragua grants, joining with an increase in mexicans across the border. many are not, as the administration argues, displaced by violence, climate change or corruption. ecuador's homicide rate is lower than most u.s. cities. brazil ranks new england the world's wealthiest countries. yet apprehensions from ecuador up 200 percent as well as cuba, brazil, venezuela, and nicaragua. >> i don't have food. i have a child. i don't have work to eat. i don't know. i need to come here. >> not that any of this travel is safe. this is abandoned, unabridged, outside arizona charging migrants cash at gunpoint to
enter the u.s. spending $4 billion on root causes in central america ignores a growing list of other countries where residents look for a better life in the u.s. bret? >> bret: william, thank you. breaking tonight, the u.s. military in afghanistan is under new management, the four-star general in charge of the american forces there stepped down today as the troop withdrawal nears an end. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot reports tonight from kabul. >> what's being called a symbolic end to america's military involvement in longest war happened today in kabul. general scott miller handing over overall command of u.s. forces in afghanistan to general frank mackenzie. centcom commander noted the moment. >> this ceremony marks an important milestone in the transition of our involvement in afghanistan. it's not the end of the story. it's rather the end of a chapter. >> but the news today not good. new reports that taliban gains in two key provincial candidates.
thought to healed third of the country in violent offenses. >> what i tell the taliban is they are responsible, too. the violence that's going on is against the will of the afghan people. it needs to stop. >> what's being called a hasty departure by u.s. forces in part fueling the violence. afghan troops trained by u.s. and others not doing well. say they will survive. >> what is the danger of taliban taking over here? >> well, there won't be no takeover of the taliban. of the afghan people are determined and resolute in that determination to defend its -- our country. >> remember today, too, the sacrifices made by america and its allies. nearly 2500 u.s. troops killed. 20,000 injured during a long 20 years. >> i guess the question was it all worth it? >> i think history will have to judge that. afghanistan made tremendous changes all for the better over the course of the last 20 years. >> even gains in society here are at risk as the taliban
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♪ >> kook ban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. >> this is a socialist, communist regime. let's call it what it is. why are you afraid to say that? >> the biden-harris administration stands by the cuban people and people around the world who demand their human rights and who expect governments to listen to and
serve them rather than try to silence them. >> i really can't understand why anyone wouldn't, you know, call this what it is. it's never worked. it's never gonna work, and the united states has to start intervening. >> bret: the situation in cuba taking a turn over the weekend as cube back people head to the streets calling for liberty and freedom. let's bring back our panel trey gowdy harold ford jr. and jesse watters co-host of "the five" and author of the book "how i saved the world." harold, let me start with you, firm words from the president and are there democrats taking from cuban situation how do you see it? >> let me be clear i'm not one of those democrats. i stand with the president in standing against protesters in standing up a decaying communist regime. any american serving in public office has a responsibility to do this. i hope that those democrats and republicans alike who have not announced their unwavering
support for those protesters for those seeking freedom that they will speak up soon and speak up with the same kind of passion they do for issues that bother them in other ways. >> bret: obviously one of those democrats i'm talking about is weenders who has spoken about that then back then and now. take a listen. >> we're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of cuba. but, you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad, you know, when fidel castro came into office, do you know what he did? he had a massive literacy program. is that a bad thing? even though fidel castro did it, a lot of dissidence in prison didn't. >> that's right. and we condemn that. >> do you still share that sentiment now that the people seem to be -- >> -- i support throughout latin america and in cuba and everywhere else the right of people to protest for a decent economy and for political freedom. absolutely. >> bret: jesse, your thoughts? >> jesse: oh, bernie sanders. i would just say charitiably, bret, that the u.s. has been
vexed by cuba for about six decades. we have had some very colorful plots exploding cigars, poison pens, mafia hits, some would say plots as colorful as bret baier's golf attire. >> bret: nicely done. >> jesse: they have all failed unlike your golf game of the our policy vis-a-vis the cuban regime has been a failure. and am i optimistic that president biden can somehow oversee democratic revolution there, whether he has his hands off or is engineering it from behind the scenes? absolutely not. it's history as any guide. so i think if there is a revolution there, it will be bloody. but, it has to come from the cuban people. and it has to be timed perfectly. after all of this time, i think i speak for all americans, it's just maddening that you have a communist outpost, 90 miles from
the florida keys and everybody here, especially in florida, want to see that country free. >> bret: all right, trey? >> well, i agree with congressman ford and i would just add to this. i mean, let's don't forget the cuban government essentially engaged in acoustical warfare against u.s. diplomats. so the cuban government, whatever bad can happen to them, i support what our role should be i don't know, bret. but i also didn't raise my hand to be the leader of the free world. so i'm not expected to have the answer. president biden is. i would like him to be as forceful as he can be on behalf of freedom loving people. >> bret: trey, let me ask you this. afghanistan, that handover is happening now. u.s. troops are going to withdraw this weekend. and kirby the pentagon spokesperson says the counter-terrorism severity going to be over the horizon he said like the libyan model. your thoughts on that? >> i think i would pick another
model. i don't know what he means by the libyan model. is libya even a country anymore? here's what i do know, we had some success but both parties lost interest in afghanistan. no one that i can recall won in afghanistan. alexander the great fought to a draw. got out thereof as quickly as he could. i don't want the men and women who served in afghanistan to have any ambiguity. we are grateful for your service. even if sometimes it's ladder to tell what your service and sacrifice was for. >> bret: all right. jesse, because the golf pants comment, you get the last word here. >> jesse: to trey's point, i would say gang is con, alexander the great and joe biden men with nothing in common except one thing that they're all leaving afghanistan and never looking back. >> bret: all right, panel, stand by. when we come back, tomorrow's headlines with the panel. i'm going to start with harold. ♪
poison. >> bret: finally tonight a look at tomorrow's headlines with the panel. harold as promised. >> you talked about the soccer game over the weekend some british fans red card won't be lifted until gratitude is shown. the invoking of racism in loss is wrong and grotesque. thanks to prince william and duchess for standing with the team. >> bret: jesse, congrats on the book. your headline. >> jesse: watters take as play out of the biden playbook and starts going door-to-door asking people to please buy his book "how i saved the world." [laughter] >> bret: i mean, basically that's every show but, yes, okay. trey? wrap did up. >> teacher union wins anonymous bid for hunter biden's sixth grade finger painting. .[laughter]
>> bret: i said keep it pithy and you delivered. all right, guys, thank you very much. jesse, it's always a pleasure. see you next time. tomorrow on "special report" we will talk with kevin mccarthy about a host of issues. you don't want to miss that thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. good to be back. "fox news primetime" hosted by pete hegseth this week starts right now. >> pete: you took what i deemed to be an admirable career wrist. career risk. i assume you had a mute button. it's 7:00 p.m. on the east coast and 6:00 p.m. in god's country which means it's "fox news primetime." ♪ ♪ i'm your host pete hegseth tonight and all week long. stick with us. last week will anniversary of the so-called capitol riots, seems like insignificant day left