September 28th, 2014
03:24 PM ET

White House Deputy NatSec Advisor on State of the Union

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Tony Blinken, White House Deputy National Security Advisor sits down with Candy Crowley to discuss U.S. security in the face of terrorism. As air strikes increase and a moderate coalition forms, the U.S. ramps up the fight against ISIS.  Crowley gets the White House reaction from Blinken.

 

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Blinken on the moderate opposition in Syria: "They need to be built up so that they can be a counterweight to Assad, and in the near term, they need to be built up so they can work on the ground to help deal with ISIL."

 

Blinken on U.S. efforts in the Middle East: “What we are doing is empowering local actors with some of the huge assets we can bring to this, like our airpower, intelligence, training and equipping, advising and assisting. And we're not falling into the al Qaeda trap of sending tens of thousands of Americans in, where they get bogged down, tied down, and bled, which is exactly what al Qaeda wants. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists. And it's also a more effective way.”

 

Blinken on sending U.S. troops to West Africa for Ebola: “The military can play a unique role in logistics, in organizing everything, in setting up a transit area outside of the immediate area of Ebola in Senegal to move equipment and people in, it's building treatment units, it's setting up an air bridge.”

Full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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September 28th, 2014
03:16 PM ET

Will Syria be "a long-term conflict"?

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, three different perspectives provide a comprehensive look at the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the search for a military strategy. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, voted against President Obama's plan to arm and train rebels in Syria, fearing another open-ended U.S. involvement in the Muslim world.  Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Richard Myers and former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns further explain the long and short term consequences of U.S. involvement.

 

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Senator Murphy  "Ultimately, I don’t think we have a partner in the Free Syrian Army who ultimately can win that fight militarily so I worry you get sucked into a long-term conflict”

 

Senator Murphy on Congressional authorization for military force: “That’s the check of a war without end is a Congress speaking for the American people that can put an end date on an authorization for military force or put a limitation so you can’t use ground troops”

 

Burns on allied commitment:we're facing a combined threat in Iraq and Syria. We can't protect the Iraqi state and prevent its dismemberment if we're not effective in Syria.  And that's the roll of the dice for President Obama. He's right to strike Syria from the air. Will we be able to train enough Syrian fighters, with help from appropriations from the Congress, to make a difference in combating ISIS in its own backyard, which is Syria? Will we be able to get some of those European allies?”

 

Meyers on US strategy and exit plan: “when you start putting limitations on your strategy, especially in public, that's beneficial to your adversary.”

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September 21st, 2014
11:36 AM ET

Tony Blair on ISIS, Obama, & Russia

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair talks exclusively to Candy Crowley about British involvement in the fight against ISIS, and what the latest videos tell us about the militant group’s intentions.

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Blair on the strategy to combat ISIS: "It's now very obvious – from Syria, from Libya, from everything that's happening in the world – that this problem isn't going away, and I think you'll find that the policy undergoes a process of evolution, where people realize in different situations you're having different strategies, and there may be situations in which we are prepared to use combat force"

Blair on fighting ISIS with troops on the ground: “You certainly need to fight groups like ISIS on the ground.  It is possible that those people who are there locally and who have the most immediate interest in fighting ISIS can carry on the ground offensive against them. But, look, the - this - this will evolve over time, I'm sure.  And I'm sure that the leadership, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, will make sure that whatever is necessary to defeat ISIS is done.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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August 24th, 2014
12:31 PM ET

Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott on CNN's State of the Union "we are close" to identifying Foley's killer.

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott spoke to Crowley about the alarming numbers of Westerners fighting in Iraq and Syria.  In light of the revelation that James Foley’s executioner had a British accent, the British government has taken measures to identify the ISIS militant.

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Ambassador Westmacott on identifying James Foley’s executioner: “I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close."

Ambassador Westmacott on jihadists from the West: “People think that maybe as many as 500 British subjects have gone to Syria and Iraq for this cause of jihad. And it's not a problem exclusive to the United Kingdom. We have got people from lots and lots of Western democracies who, unfortunately, are misguided enough to go to that part of the region and take up a cause which is a betrayal of all our values.”

Ambassador Westmacott on providing lethal assistance to opposition: “what has happened in Iraq and the way in which ISIS has scooped up weapons and money and other support which has been provided initially for the purpose of getting rid of Bashar al-Assad is an indication that that caution shown by my government and the United States government was perhaps well-founded.”

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.
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August 10th, 2014
01:03 PM ET

Joe Lockhart to CNN's Candy Crowley: " I don't think a lot of people know this, but Jim Brady kept the title of press secretary."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, ABC’s Ann Compton, journalist Al Hunt and former Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart remember the life and legacy of former Regan Press secretary Jim Brady.

 

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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August 10th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. James Jones on CNN's State of the Union // Jones: "...they (Iraqis) need to come up with a new prime minister very quickly, and hopefully it should not be al-Maliki..."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, General James L. Jones, former National Security Advisor (President Barack Obama Administration), and Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Iraq (2005-07) and Afghanistan (2003-05) (President George W. Bush Administration), spoke to Crowley about the effect of US airstrikes on ISIS, the reconstruction of Iraq, and the Kurdish question.

Both agree that without assistance from the US and the international community, the Iraqi citizens will perish and ISIS will continue to terrorize the region.  Khalilzad and Jones support providing the Kurdish army with weapons to combat ISIS. Yet, both share skepticism about whether the Iraqi government can reconcile the nation’s conflicting ethnic and religious divisions. FULL POST

August 10th, 2014
12:21 PM ET

Senator John McCain on State of the Union with Candy Crowley: "I would be launching airstrikes not only in Iraq, but in Syria against ISIS."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, spoke to Crowley about US airstrikes in Iraq, ISIS’ threat to national security, and Obama’s leadership and strategy in the Middle East.

“While the president has continued to say this is an Iraqi problem, this is an Iraqi problem, but it's a United States problem and it is a threat to our national security.” Senator John McCain FULL POST

August 3rd, 2014
01:11 PM ET

Forty years after Watergate: Carl Bernstein & Dan Rather with CNN's Candy Crowley

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Carl Bernstein and Dan Rather spoke to Crowley about the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation, the limits of executive power, and the relationship between the media and the presidency.

A full transcript of this interview is available after the jump.

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August 3rd, 2014
11:40 AM ET

Gov. Perry to CNN's Candy Crowley: the Obama Administration has "not been strong in their support of Israel"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke to Crowley about the Obama Administration’s stance on Israel, the immigration crisis, and the State of Texas’ efforts to secure the border.

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Perry on the Obama Administration & Israel: “I don't understand why this administration would criticize Israel for trying to protect their citizens and their country from a group who have clearly stated that they will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the Earth.  We need to be standing up with Israel, sending a strong message to those in the Middle East that would attack this democracy, that we are their ally, and they can count on us. “

Perry on the immigration crisis: “Since September of '08, we have seen 203,000 individuals who have illegally come into the United States, into Texas, booked into Texas county jails.  And, Candy, these individuals are responsible for over 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.”

Perry on his efforts to secure the Texas border: “But the fact, from my perspective as the governor of Texas, it's the reason that we are deploying 1,000 National Guard troops, so that the people of the state of Texas will feel that at least the leadership in the state of Texas is doing something to try to make their communities safer, and that is my goal.”

A full transcript of this interview is available after the jump.
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July 27th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Graham: Obama has been 'AWOL'

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with Crowley about President Obama's responses to world crises, Vladimir Putin, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

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