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Antony Blinken on Homeland Security

 

 


If anyone poses a threat to our citizens we will take action

If we see anyone who poses a threat to our citizens in the first instance here, and especially if it turns into any kind of outwardly directed threat, we will take action. We are, first of all, going to be extremely vigilant about any emergence or re-emergence of a threat that's directed from Afghanistan toward the United States, toward any of our allies and partners. And we're going to make sure that we have the capacity to deal with it.
Source: Meet the Press 2021 interview of Secretary of State , Aug 29, 2021

Can deal with terrorist threats without boots on the ground

The threat of terrorism metastasized out of Afghanistan a long time ago. We have terrorist threats that are more acute in other places in the world. We don't have military forces on the ground. Since 9/11, our capacity to deal with terrorism effectively in places where we don't have boots on the ground has grown immensely. And we now are able to do things that we couldn't do twenty years ago. If this threat reemerges in Afghanistan, we'll deal with it.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2021 interview of Secretary of State , Aug 22, 2021

Diplomacy--not military action--will always come first

As the President has promised, diplomacy--not military action--will always come first. Americans are rightly wary of prolonged U.S. military interventions abroad. We've seen how they've often come at far too high a cost, both to us and to others. We must remember what we've learned about the limits of force to build a durable peace; that the day after a major military intervention is always harder than we imagine; and how critical it is to pursue every possible avenue to a diplomatic solution.
Source: State Department speech: 2021 Biden Administration , Mar 3, 2021

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