Clinton: We cannot afford to live in fear
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by saying that the United States still has a lot to do to fight global extremism, but the country must not to repeat the mistakes of President George W. Bush‘s administration and sacrifice American values in the process. "The United States has ...
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by saying that the United States still has a lot to do to fight global extremism, but the country must not to repeat the mistakes of President George W. Bush's administration and sacrifice American values in the process.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by saying that the United States still has a lot to do to fight global extremism, but the country must not to repeat the mistakes of President George W. Bush‘s administration and sacrifice American values in the process.
"The United States has thrived as an open society, a principled nation, and a global leader. We cannot afford to live in fear, sacrifice our values, or pull back from the world," Clinton said in a Friday morning speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
"Over the last decade our government also sometimes went off course and failed to live up to our core values and principles," she said. "We have begun to set this right, and to make progress on the other gaps as well. And as we move forward, we are determined not to let the specter of terrorism darken the national character that has always been America’s greatest asset."
Clinton pledged that the Obama administration would respect the rule of law when going after terror suspects, including international law principles guiding the use of force in self-defense, respect for the sovereignty of other states, and the laws of armed conflict.
"When we capture al Qaeda members, we detain them humanely and consistent with international standards. And when we do strike, we seek to protect innocent civilians from harm," she said. She also argued that some terrorists must be tried in civilian courts, while the use of "reformed" military commissions is also appropriate in some cases.
The United States must use a "smart power" approach to counterterrorism that combines military action with financial, diplomatic, development, and public relations efforts, she said. She linked terrorism to the problems of poverty and weak states around the world.
Clinton also noted that as she was speaking in New York City, the federal government was working diligently on a credible but unconfirmed threat of a possible car bomb attack in New York and/or Washington
"As you know, we are meeting here in New York amid reports that al Qaeda is again seeking to harm Americans. This should surprise no one. But it is a reminder of the continuing stakes in our struggle against violent extremism," she said. "We are taking this threat seriously, and federal, state and local authorities are taking all necessary steps to address it."
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