Downplays ‘existential’ global threats.
As all hell breaks loose across the Middle East, another member of the Obama administration is focusing on the important issues.
Fred Lucas of The Blaze reported:
Susan Rice Calls for Climate Action, LGBT Equality in National Security Plan
National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the United States must take a longer view on national security, in a speech that focused as much on gender and LGBT equality and climate change as Islamic State terrorism and Russian aggression.
“The issues is not simply about when we should have started arming the Syrian rebels or whether we should provide lethal assistance to Ukraine,” Rice said in a speech to the Brookings Institution when introducing President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy. “It’s about the nature of U.S. leadership for the future. With this national security strategy, we stake out a much larger role for America in shaping the world while anticipating the challenges to come.”…
She went on to frame the national security aspects of climate change, which she said the administration is addressing with its “groundbreaking climate commitment with China.”
“American leadership is addressing the very real threat of climate change. The science is clear,” she said. “The impacts of climate change will only worsen over time. Even longer droughts, more severe storms, more forced migration.”…
“We believe everyone should be able to speak their minds and practice their faith freely,” Rice said. “We believe that all girls deserve the very same opportunities as boys. We believe that all human beings are created equal and are worthy of the same love and respect, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters.”
In the same appearance, Rice also cautioned the media against alarmism over global threats.
Brendan Bordelon of National Review has the details:
Susan Rice Denies ‘Existential’ Global Threats, Slams Media ‘Alarmism’
As global order implodes, White House national security advisor Susan Rice denied that the threats facing the United States are in any way “existential” — blaming that perception instead on media “alarmism.”
Rice spoke Friday at Washington, D.C.’s Brookings Institution, where she unveiled the Obama administration’s 2015 national security strategy.
“Too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective,” she said. “Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War. We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism or an instantaneous news cycle.”
Here’s the video:
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