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What the president was not prepared to do was enter a third decade of conflict, throwing in thousands more troops – which was his only other choice – to fight in the middle of a civil war that the Afghan army wouldn't fight for itself. He would not do that to America's men and women or their families. And that is why he made the decision with withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
There is never any substitute for leader-to-leader engagement, particularly for complex relationships, but with Putin this is exponentially the case, he has a highly personalized style of decision making and so it is important for President Biden to be able to sit down with President Biden face to face, to be clear about where we are, to understand where President Biden is, to try to manage our differences, and to identify those areas where we can work in America's interests to make progress.
The power of America's example is a power to influence the choices of other countries, whether they're going to be transparent, respect human rights and deliver good governance to their citizens or go the route of a China or Russia. That comes down in part to America showing the world that its model can effectively deliver for its citizens, he believes a world in which there are more like-minded capable democracies is a world that is more hospitable to American interests and values.
We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community, in terms of the specific measures that we would undertake, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I am not going to telegraph that publicly at this point, but we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies.
We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community, in terms of the specific measures that we would take, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I'm not going to telegraph that publicly at this point.
We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage -- the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran, we have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward.
My team needs a clear picture of our force posture around the world and our operations to deter our enemies, we need full visibility into the budget planning underway at the Defense Department and other agencies in order to avoid any window of confusion or catch-up that our adversaries may try to exploit.
North Korea in particular.Now kind of comes back to the lack of visibility that we have right now into a number of critical issues relating to military operations because of( Department of Defense)'s obstruction and roadblocks, and North Korea in particular.Now will mean that we are going to have to take time at the beginning of the administration after January 20 to take a hard look at how we're postured, and what threats we're up against, and what continuing the drawdowns look like in the way of risk to force and other considerations.
Secretary Clinton supports diplomacy with Iran. In fact, she helped launch the diplomacy that helped, but normal relations with Iran right now? President Obama doesn't support that idea. Secretary Clinton doesn't support that idea. And it's not at all clear why it is that Sen. Sanders is suggesting it.
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