Hillary Clinton on National SecurityClinton has delivered a long and detailed speech discussing the importance of battling what she calls “radical jihadism”, in the Middle East as well as in the US. The opening of her address and a link to the full speech is found below.
HILLARY CLINTON: “I wanted to come here to our city, which has shown such resilience in the face of terrorism, to talk about the events of the past week and the work we must do together to protect our country and our friends. When the United States was hit on 9/11, our allies treated that attack against one as an attack against all. Now it's our turn to stand in solidarity with France and all of our friends. We cherish the same values, we face the same adversaries, we must share the same determination. After a major terrorist attack, every society faces a choice between fear and resolve. The world's great democracies can't sacrifice our values or turn our backs on those in need, therefore we must choose resolve and we must lead the world to meet this threat.
Now let's be clear about what we're facing. Beyond Paris, in recent days we've seen deadly terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey. And a Russian civilian airline destroyed over the Sinai. At the heart of today's new landscape of terror is ISIS. They persecute religious and ethnic minorities, kidnap and behead civilians, murder children. They systematically enslave, torture, and rape women and girls.
ISIS operates across three mutually reinforcing dimensions: A physical enclave in Iraq and Syria, an international terrorist network that includes affiliates across the region and beyond, and an ideological movement of radical jihadism. We have to target and defeat all three, and time is of the essence. ISIS is demonstrating new ambition, reach, and capabilities. We have to break the group's momentum, and then, its back.”
19 November, 2015:
Clinton speaks about terrorism at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
(Quoted excerpt 0:00 – 2:17)