BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, says this president is taking advantage and using troops to his advantage. ... Is that how you view the president?
JOEY JONES (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): No. This is another baseless statement trying to attack the character of Donald Trump without attacking the legacy, or, I guess you would say, the track record of Donald Trump. The fact is when you talk about Congress using authorization to send us to war, this is a Congress that can't decide to pay the bills until the final hour and then they ask for extensions over and over again to get the bills paid for the next two weeks or three months. Do you think that kind of Congress would be responsible and pass legislation to send us to war the next time a 9/11 happens? That's asinine. I would love to have a Congress that would enact and go out and do something when we have people attack us. But the truth is we need some sort of continuity.
People call this an 18-year war. That's a lie. This is a war that has been fought over and over again for 18 years. But it's been many wars because there have been many presidents and many elections, and unfortunately, the political narrative and campaign slogans like "bring our troops home" take precedent over keeping us safe. The one thing you did not hear on that stage last night was one idea on what they would do differently to keep our country safe. It was all about what they can do to get votes. And I'm not a pawn for Pete Buttigieg to claim in service or [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren to say what we are doing in Afghanistan does nothing to keep us safer. So her proof, proof is the fact that we haven't had a 9/11 since 2001. That's pretty good proof to me. I'll claim victory on that one.
KILMEADE: And that's what Sen. Lindsey Graham has said too. The longer we're there and there's no attacks here, that is winning.