Clinton on Larger U.S. Security Concerns in North Africa

Hillary Clinton says no one anticipated the revolutions of North African, Middle East countries in last 4 years.
2:28 | 01/23/13

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Transcript for Clinton on Larger U.S. Security Concerns in North Africa
It's my sense that as a nation. We were woefully -- prepared. For what happened in northern Africa and now. I think you share that view and I just wonder. -- you make -- opening comments regarding. Us leading in that area but it seems to me that -- -- symbolizes. Just the woeful on preparedness that our nation had as it relates to a two issues in North Africa and I hope he'll address that. As you move ahead well. Senator let me just briefly address what is I think one of the key issues for this committee for the administration for our country. When I was here four years ago. Testifying for my confirmation. I don't think anybody thought that Mubarak would be gone Qaddafi would be -- -- Lee would be gone. That we would have such revolutionary change in this region. There were hints of it. Several of us you know said the institutions were sinking in the sand as I said in in -- -- shortly before tahrir square so there were there was. Some feeling out there but I don't think any of us predicted this. Least of all the people in these countries who then were given a chance to chart their own futures. This is a -- opportunity as well as a serious threat to our country I hope we seize the opportunity. It's not going to be easy. Because -- new countries have no experience with democracy. They don't have any real experience of among the leaders in running countries in doing security. So. Yes we now face. A spreading jihadist threat. We have driven a lot of the -- Q operatives. Out of this opt out of Afghanistan Pakistan killed a lot of them including of course -- lot. But we have to recognize this is a global. Movement. We can kill leaders but until we help establish strong to mock democratic institutions. Until we do a better job communicating our values and building relationships. We're gonna be faced with this level of instability and I do have a lot of thoughts about what more we can and should do given this new reality we face -- --

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