America’s Radio News Network interviewed Lawrence Korb, who is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He shares insights from his experience as former Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan from 1981 to 1985.
In light of recent Al Qaeda communications abroad, many United States embassies in the Middle East closed last week. Most of the embassies reopened over the weekend. Lawrence Korb told America’s Radio News Network today that terrorism is inevitable and Americans shouldn’t live in constant fear. “In many ways, if you keep doing this, Al Qaeda wins. They don’t have to attack you if you stop doing business. They’ve achieved their objective.”
Korb stated the political necessity for President Obama to take precautions after the attacks on the United States embassy in Benghazi, Libya last September. However, Korb advised a calculated approach for such precautions, not allowing terrorist threats to drive US security practices.
“Without Benghazi, they would’ve said, ‘They have these threats all the time, okay?’ People are talking about getting Americans overseas or going after our embassies. You know, the great irony is, if you ask the State Department professionals, not the political, they’ll say, ‘No, we can’t keep doing this. We recognize that when we serve our country, we’re just like the military; we put our lives at risk. This idea that somehow we can never go out or we have to stay behind closed doors or evacuate, it’s gonna undermine our ability to do the job.’ I mean, they know it’s dangerous,” Korb reasoned. “You can’t buy perfect security.”
Korb noted the skeptics of President Obama would’ve criticized him even if he hadn’t closed the embassies. While speaking with America’s Radio News Network, Korb also addressed the role of the National Security Agency data collection in defense against terrorism.
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