It's a reminder that this is a very difficult time.
"Dennis B. Ross" is an United States/American diplomat and author. He has served as the Director of Policy Planning in the State Department under President of the United States/President George H. W. Bush, the special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton, and was a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia (which includes Iran) to the former United States Secretary of State/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.More Dennis Ross on Wikipedia.
In these countries there still is a climate that certainly makes it possible and doesn't make it illegitimate to embrace this ideology.
That's the new struggle of our time, and we have to frame it that way to understand what we're contending with and why it's so important for us not to fail.
They acquire a kind of a momentum and we have to blunt that. I would like to see the president talk much more about those kinds of stakes because this is a way to explain what we're contending with, what we're fighting.
The problem is going to be within a month or two after disengagement there will be two completely different expectations as to what comes next.
The president ... wants me to focus on the security questions and I will be doing that.
We can't have a failure in Iraq, but we also can't be there for the next 10 years because if we are, it's going to become, I think, a failure in and of itself.
It's January 8th.