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Susan Rice on War & Peace

 

 


Small U.S. military presence in Syria fought ISIS threat

The reason why we had a small number - barely over a thousand U.S. troops - in Syria was not to topple the regime. It was not to get involved in the civil conflict. It was to fight a clear and present terrorist threat from ISIS. The reason why they needed to stay after ISIS had been largely debilitated but not entirely defeated is because we have seen time and again in that region what happens when you take the pressure off the terrorists. They reconstitute and come back.
Source: NPR Illinois on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 13, 2019

We sold out the Kurds in Syria

We have sold out the Kurds, who fought on our behalf against ISIS with our support. We provided training and advice and support to the Kurds, who were taking the fight to ISIS, quite effectively. The president's decision to pull out was more than a green light. It was a red carpet. And we have seen what the Turks have done. They're waging a relentless fight, 100,000 people displaced. And now for the administration to turn around and say, "but we really didn't mean it," strains credulity.
Source: PBS Newshour on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 11, 2019

Benghazi investigations became "gotcha" game

What troubles me the most is that all of these political issues -- which certainly merit investigation and they were investigated eight times by eight committees -- overshadowed the loss of these four Americans. And the focus shifted to a political "gotcha" game, rather than the fact that we had dedicated public servants who gave their lives in a terrorist attack. And the issue is how do we prevent that in the future? And what do we, what did we learn from it?
Source: National Public Radio on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 7, 2019

National security endangered by lack of communication

Rice argued that the National Security Principals Committee -- the Cabinet-level group led by the national security adviser and staffed by high-level officials including the secretaries of State and Defense, the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence -- is less involved in making national security decisions than it should be. "The wheels have come off the bus of the process," Rice said
Source: The Hill on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 6, 2019

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