Susan Rice: Trump Proposing To Sell Out U.S. On China For Personal Gain | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Susan Rice: Trump Proposing To Sell Out U.S. On China For Personal Gain | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

October 10, 2019 100 By Luis Garrison


>>>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AT A>>>THERE IS NO SUCH THING AT A SHORT PHONE CALL WITH VLADIMIR SHORT PHONE CALL WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN. PUTIN. IN THE ALMOST THREE YEARS IN THE ALMOST THREE YEARS FOLLOWING RUSSIA’S ILLEGAL FOLLOWING RUSSIA’S ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA. ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA. A TYPICAL PHONE CALL LASTED 90 A TYPICAL PHONE CALL LASTED 90 MINUTES PROLONGED BY PUTIN’S MINUTES PROLONGED BY PUTIN’S MONOLOGUES AND THE TRANSLATION. MONOLOGUES AND THE TRANSLATION. IT WAS A GAME THAT OBAMA FOUND IT WAS A GAME THAT OBAMA FOUND IRONIC BUT NOT IMPORTANT. IRONIC BUT NOT IMPORTANT. AND HE WOULD SIMPLY BUSY HIMSELF AND HE WOULD SIMPLY BUSY HIMSELF WITH DESK WORK OR SCRABBLE ON WITH DESK WORK OR SCRABBLE ON HIS iPAD IF PUTIN WOULD BE SLOW HIS iPAD IF PUTIN WOULD BE SLOW TO COME TO THE PHONE. TO COME TO THE PHONE. HELLO, VLADAMIR, HELLO BARACK. HELLO, VLADAMIR, HELLO BARACK. DESPITE THE NUMBER OF TIMES THEY DESPITE THE NUMBER OF TIMES THEY ENGAGES, THEY WERE UNABLE TO ENGAGES, THEY WERE UNABLE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OVER RESOLVE DIFFERENCES OVER UKRAINE. UKRAINE. THAT COMES FROM A NEW BOOK THAT COMES FROM A NEW BOOK CALLED “TOUGH LOVE” BY SUSAN CALLED “TOUGH LOVE” BY SUSAN RICE. RICE. SHE WAS ON THE CALLS AND IN SHE WAS ON THE CALLS AND IN ADDITION TO THIS BEING ADDITION TO THIS BEING LEGITIMATELY INSPIRING AND LEGITIMATELY INSPIRING AND FASCINATING, THERE IS NOBODY IN FASCINATING, THERE IS NOBODY IN THE WORLD THEY WOULD RATHER TALK THE WORLD THEY WOULD RATHER TALK TO ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR TO ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR WORLD RIGHT NOW THANK HER. WORLD RIGHT NOW THANK HER. JOINING US FOR THE INTERVIEW JOINING US FOR THE INTERVIEW RIGHT NOW IS SUSAN RICE. RIGHT NOW IS SUSAN RICE.>>IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.>>IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A MILLION THINGS. MILLION THINGS. I FOUND YOUR BOOK UNEXPECTEDLY I FOUND YOUR BOOK UNEXPECTEDLY MOVING AND INSPIRING AND IT MADE MOVING AND INSPIRING AND IT MADE ME THINK HARDER ABOUT THE WAY I ME THINK HARDER ABOUT THE WAY I WORK. WORK.>>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE THAT.>>THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE THAT.>>COMING FROM YOU, GLAX>>COMING FROM YOU, GLAX CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOOK, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BOOK, TOO. TOO.>>MINE IS DARKER, YOURS IS MORE>>MINE IS DARKER, YOURS IS MORE OPTIMISTIC. OPTIMISTIC.>>THAT IS AN INTERESTING>>THAT IS AN INTERESTING CONTRAST GIVEN OUR EXPECTATIVE CONTRAST GIVEN OUR EXPECTATIVE ROLES. ROLES.>>AND OUR RESPECTIVE>>AND OUR RESPECTIVE EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE. I WANT TO ASK ABOUT SOME OF YOUR I WANT TO ASK ABOUT SOME OF YOUR EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR FROM YOU AS TERMS PEOPLE TO HEAR FROM YOU AS TERMS OF A GROUNDING AND NORMAL OF A GROUNDING AND NORMAL GOVERNANCE. GOVERNANCE. I KNOW YOU BELIEVE THESE I KNOW YOU BELIEVE THESE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS ARE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS ARE WARRANTED. WARRANTED. I ALSO WANT TO ASK IF YOU FELT I ALSO WANT TO ASK IF YOU FELT ANY DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THAT OVER ANY DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THAT OVER THESE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS AS THE THESE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS AS THE PRESIDENT HAS STARTED TO OPENLY PRESIDENT HAS STARTED TO OPENLY CONFESSING TO DO THIS, TO OPENLY CONFESSING TO DO THIS, TO OPENLY CONFESSING TO DOING IT WITH THE CONFESSING TO DOING IT WITH THE UKRAINE AND CHINA, AND HE IS UKRAINE AND CHINA, AND HE IS DARING PEOPLE TO HOLD HIM DARING PEOPLE TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE TO IT. ACCOUNTABLE TO IT.>>I WAS NOT SWIFT TO COME TO A>>I WAS NOT SWIFT TO COME TO A CONCLUSION THAT A IMPEACHMENT IR CONCLUSION THAT A IMPEACHMENT IR QUERY WAS JUSTIFIED. QUERY WAS JUSTIFIED. IN PARTICULAR WHAT WE LEARNED IN PARTICULAR WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT UKRAINE AND NOW CHINA, I ABOUT UKRAINE AND NOW CHINA, I DON’T SEE ANY ALTERNATIVE BUT TO DON’T SEE ANY ALTERNATIVE BUT TO FOLLOW THE INQUIRY AND THE FACTS FOLLOW THE INQUIRY AND THE FACTS WHERE THEY GO AND MAKE A WHERE THEY GO AND MAKE A JUDGMENT. JUDGMENT. WHAT WE LEARNED YESTERDAY WHEN WHAT WE LEARNED YESTERDAY WHEN THE PRESIDENT TODAY ON THE SOUTH THE PRESIDENT TODAY ON THE SOUTH LAWN AND SAID TO THE CHINESE LAWN AND SAID TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THAT HE WANTS THEM TO GOVERNMENT THAT HE WANTS THEM TO GIVE HIM DIRT ON JOE BIDEN, GIVE HIM DIRT ON JOE BIDEN, WHICH, BY THE WAY TO MY WHICH, BY THE WAY TO MY KNOWLEDGE DOESN’T EXIST, IT WAS KNOWLEDGE DOESN’T EXIST, IT WAS EVEN MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN EVEN MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN WHAT WE WITNESSED WITH RESPECT WHAT WE WITNESSED WITH RESPECT TO UKRAINE IN MY JUDGMENT. TO UKRAINE IN MY JUDGMENT. CHINA IS OUR MOST FORMIDABLE AND CHINA IS OUR MOST FORMIDABLE AND COMMITTED ADVERSARY. COMMITTED ADVERSARY. AND WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOT AND WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOT TRADE WAR. TRADE WAR. AND ADD VERY FRAUGHT SECURITY AND ADD VERY FRAUGHT SECURITY RELATIONSHIP. RELATIONSHIP. AND WE’RE FIGHTING OVER KMIECHIN AND WE’RE FIGHTING OVER KMIECHIN IF YOU GET MIFIVE ME BOGUS DIRT, IF YOU GET MIFIVE ME BOGUS DIRT, WILL CONSIDER A DEAL THAT WE CAN WILL CONSIDER A DEAL THAT WE CAN CUT TO SATISFY YOU. CUT TO SATISFY YOU. AND THE CHINESE ARE NOT STUPID. AND THE CHINESE ARE NOT STUPID. THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SAID PIOUSLY TODAY THAT WE WOULD SAID PIOUSLY TODAY THAT WE WOULD NOT INTERFERE IN THE AMERICAN NOT INTERFERE IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS, AND YOU POOR POLITICAL PROCESS, AND YOU POOR PEOPLE GO SORT YOURSELF OUT, BUT PEOPLE GO SORT YOURSELF OUT, BUT THAT SAYS YOU BETTER NOT SAY A THAT SAYS YOU BETTER NOT SAY A THING ABOUT HONG KONG BECAUSE THING ABOUT HONG KONG BECAUSE THAT IS OUR INTERNAL MATTER. THAT IS OUR INTERNAL MATTER. THAT IS SOME LEVERAGE ALREADY. THAT IS SOME LEVERAGE ALREADY. BUT THE REAL CONCERN IN MY BUT THE REAL CONCERN IN MY JUDGMENT IS THAT THE CHINESE JUDGMENT IS THAT THE CHINESE UNDERSTAND TWO THINGS. UNDERSTAND TWO THINGS. ONE, WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS ONE, WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS INCREDIBLY UNSTABLE. INCREDIBLY UNSTABLE. UNPREDICTABLE, AND NOT ON HIS UNPREDICTABLE, AND NOT ON HIS GAME IF HE EVER WAS. GAME IF HE EVER WAS. AND THAT THIS MIGHT BE A MOMENT AND THAT THIS MIGHT BE A MOMENT FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW TO TRY FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW TO TRY TO STEAL SECOND BASE FROM US, TO STEAL SECOND BASE FROM US, WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS AGAIN, IN WHETHER OR NOT THAT IS AGAIN, IN A CONFLICT ZONE WHERE OUR FORCES A CONFLICT ZONE WHERE OUR FORCES ARE AGAINST EACH OTHER. ARE AGAINST EACH OTHER. THE ECONOMIC REALM, OR THE CYBER THE ECONOMIC REALM, OR THE CYBER REALM, BUT IT IS ALSO THE CASE REALM, BUT IT IS ALSO THE CASE THAT THE CHINESE MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT THE CHINESE MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT SHEER AN OPPORTUNITY TO THAT SHEER AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE TRUMP WHAT HE WANTS, GIVE TRUMP WHAT HE WANTS, PROVIDED WE END THIS TRADE WAR PROVIDED WE END THIS TRADE WAR ON TERMS FAVORABLE TO CHINA. ON TERMS FAVORABLE TO CHINA. ESSENTIALLY WHAT PRESIDENT IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT PRESIDENT IS DOING IS PROPOSING NOT VERY DOING IS PROPOSING NOT VERY SUBTLELY TO SELL OUT OUR FARMERS SUBTLELY TO SELL OUT OUR FARMERS WITH DB OUR MANUFACTURING, SELLS WITH DB OUR MANUFACTURING, SELLS OUT THIS TRADE WAR, AND DO IT OUT THIS TRADE WAR, AND DO IT FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT. BENEFIT.>>AS CHINA SAID, OF COURSE WE>>AS CHINA SAID, OF COURSE WE WOULD NEVER DO THAT, I SAW THAT WOULD NEVER DO THAT, I SAW THAT SKEPTICALLY AS WELL. SKEPTICALLY AS WELL. IT MADE ME WONDER ABOUT WHETHER IT MADE ME WONDER ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ALREADY OR NOT THERE IS ALREADY OPERATIVE, NOT HYPOTHETICALLY, OPERATIVE, NOT HYPOTHETICALLY, BUT OUT THERE AN OPEN INVITATION BUT OUT THERE AN OPEN INVITATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT ANY FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAT ANY GOVERNMENT AROUND THE WORLD THAT GOVERNMENT AROUND THE WORLD THAT WANTS SOMETHING IN TERMS OF U.S. WANTS SOMETHING IN TERMS OF U.S. POLICY MAY SEE THAT THE WAY TO POLICY MAY SEE THAT THE WAY TO DO THAT IS BY FREE LANCING THIS, DO THAT IS BY FREE LANCING THIS, BY OFFERING SOMETHING TO THE BY OFFERING SOMETHING TO THE PRESIDENT THAT HE CAN USE PRESIDENT THAT HE CAN USE AGAINST HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, AGAINST HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, WHOEVER THEY ARE. WHOEVER THEY ARE. THAT HE ESSENTIALLY OPENED A THAT HE ESSENTIALLY OPENED A MARKET FOR THIS STUFF AND SAID MARKET FOR THIS STUFF AND SAID THAT HIS U.S. POLICY WAS ON THE THAT HIS U.S. POLICY WAS ON THE LINE. LINE. WILL OTHER COUNTRIES RESPOND TO WILL OTHER COUNTRIES RESPOND TO THAT. THAT.>>THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS>>THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING, HE IS PUTTING OUT AN OPEN DOING, HE IS PUTTING OUT AN OPEN FOR BUSINESS SIDE ON THE OVAL FOR BUSINESS SIDE ON THE OVAL OFFICE, AND HE IS TRYING TO OFFICE, AND HE IS TRYING TO TRAFFIC IN BOWGUS DIRT. TRAFFIC IN BOWGUS DIRT.>>IF HE WILL BE IMPEACHED BY>>IF HE WILL BE IMPEACHED BY THAT, VERY FEW PEOPLE THINK THAT THAT, VERY FEW PEOPLE THINK THAT HE WILL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE HE WILL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR THAT. FOR THAT. BUT IF HE CONTINUES TO DO IT, BUT IF HE CONTINUES TO DO IT, AND IF REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE AND IF REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT HE CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD STAY IN OFFICE WILD HE SHOULD STAY IN OFFICE WILD HE DOES DOES — WHILE HE DOES THAT SORT OF — WHILE HE DOES THAT SORT OF THING, IS THERE A WAY THAT WE THING, IS THERE A WAY THAT WE THE PEOPLE CAN HARDEN OURSELVES THE PEOPLE CAN HARDEN OURSELVES AS A TARGET TO THAT WHATEVER THE AS A TARGET TO THAT WHATEVER THE PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO DO TO PRESIDENT IS WILLING TO DO TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR COUNTRY, OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR COUNTRY, INVITING OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO INVITING OTHER COUNTRIES TO DO WHAT HE IS INVITING THEM TO DO, WHAT HE IS INVITING THEM TO DO, IS THERE A WAY TO BE RESILIENT IS THERE A WAY TO BE RESILIENT AGAINST THAT? AGAINST THAT?>>FIRST WE HAVE TO VOTE.>>FIRST WE HAVE TO VOTE. WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROSESDS WITH ALL OF OUR ENERGY PROSESDS WITH ALL OF OUR ENERGY AND OUR CONVICTION IF IS NOT AND OUR CONVICTION IF IS NOT JUST AN ELECTION THAT IS AT JUST AN ELECTION THAT IS AT STAKE. STAKE. IT IS DEEPLY AND TRULY OUR IT IS DEEPLY AND TRULY OUR DEMOCRACY AT STAKE. DEMOCRACY AT STAKE. IF WE HAVE FOUR MORE YEARS OF IF WE HAVE FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE PRESIDENT THAT IS PUTTING US THE PRESIDENT THAT IS PUTTING US ON THE AUCTION BLOCK FOR THE ON THE AUCTION BLOCK FOR THE HIGHEST BIDDER, YOU KNOW, WHO IS HIGHEST BIDDER, YOU KNOW, WHO IS PREPARED TO DO WHAT HE WANTS FOR PREPARED TO DO WHAT HE WANTS FOR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL OR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL GAIN, THEN THAT IS NOT FINANCIAL GAIN, THEN THAT IS NOT A COUNTRY THAT WE WILL A COUNTRY THAT WE WILL RECOGNIZE. RECOGNIZE.>>VOTING OUT ELECTED OFFICIALS>>VOTING OUT ELECTED OFFICIALS AND NOT HOLDING THEM TO ACCOUNT AND NOT HOLDING THEM TO ACCOUNT IS A GOOD IDEA. IS A GOOD IDEA. I’M WORRIED GIVEEN THE ELECTORAL I’M WORRIED GIVEEN THE ELECTORAL MAP OF THE COUNTRY THAT IT WON’T MAP OF THE COUNTRY THAT IT WON’T WORK. WORK. THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE WILL STILL BE THE REPUBLICAN WILL STILL BE THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE. CONTROLLED SENATE. I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE WAY THAT I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE WAY THAT WE THE PUBLIC WERE TARGETED IN WE THE PUBLIC WERE TARGETED IN 2016, YOU KNOW? 2016, YOU KNOW? I WORRY ABOUT WHAT OUR I WORRY ABOUT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT DID OR DIDN’T DO. GOVERNMENT DID OR DIDN’T DO. THE WAY WE WERE TARGETED AND THE WAY WE WERE TARGETED AND WE’RE SOFT TARGETS AND WE’RE WE’RE SOFT TARGETS AND WE’RE SWAYED. SWAYED.>>WE’RE ABSOLUTELY SOFT TARGETS>>WE’RE ABSOLUTELY SOFT TARGETS AND ONE OF THE VERY IMPORTANT AND ONE OF THE VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGES THAT I’M TRYING TO MESSAGES THAT I’M TRYING TO CONVEY IN “TOUGH LOVE” IS THAT CONVEY IN “TOUGH LOVE” IS THAT OUR DOMESTIC POLITICAL DIVISIONS OUR DOMESTIC POLITICAL DIVISIONS ARE, IN FACT, AT THE MOST OUR ARE, IN FACT, AT THE MOST OUR GREATEST VULNERABILITY. GREATEST VULNERABILITY. THE RUSSIANS FIGURED THAT OUT. THE RUSSIANS FIGURED THAT OUT. THEY FIGURED OUT THEY COULD PIT THEY FIGURED OUT THEY COULD PIT PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER ON PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER ON RACE, GUNS, GAY RIGHTS, IF THEY RACE, GUNS, GAY RIGHTS, IF THEY CAN EXPLOIT THOSE DIFFERENCES CAN EXPLOIT THOSE DIFFERENCES THAT EXIST AND EXACERBATE THEM THAT EXIST AND EXACERBATE THEM AND CAUSE US TO QUESTION ONE AND CAUSE US TO QUESTION ONE ANOTHER’S LOYALTY AND DECENCY AS ANOTHER’S LOYALTY AND DECENCY AS AMERICANS, THEN YOU DON’T HAVE AMERICANS, THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO FIRE A BULLET TO TAKE US TO FIRE A BULLET TO TAKE US DOWN. DOWN. THAT IS THE RISK THAT WE FACE. THAT IS THE RISK THAT WE FACE. SO WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT SO WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT RESILIENCY, IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT RESILIENCY, IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT VOTING, IT IS ABOUT BEING VOTING, IT IS ABOUT BEING EDUCATED AND VOTING. EDUCATED AND VOTING. PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR ADVERSARIES ARE TRYING TO ADVERSARIES ARE TRYING TO EXPLOIT THESE DIVISIONS, AND EXPLOIT THESE DIVISIONS, AND THAT THESE, BECAUSE WE CREATED THAT THESE, BECAUSE WE CREATED THESE DIVISIONS AMONGST THESE DIVISIONS AMONGST OURSELVES, HAVE THE ABILITY TO OURSELVES, HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECTIFY THEM. RECTIFY THEM. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THIS IS A THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM OF OUR OWN MAKING, SO IT PROBLEM OF OUR OWN MAKING, SO IT IS A PROBLEM THAT WE CAN SOLVE IS A PROBLEM THAT WE CAN SOLVE IF WE LISTEN TO ONE ANOTHER, IF WE LISTEN TO ONE ANOTHER, UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, AND CHANGE OUR SYSTEM IN WAYS THAT CHANGE OUR SYSTEM IN WAYS THAT ISOLATES THE EXTREMES AND ISOLATES THE EXTREMES AND EMPOWERS THE MORE MODERATES EMPOWERS THE MORE MODERATES AMONG US. AMONG US.>>IF WE’RE WILLING TO GROW UP A>>IF WE’RE WILLING TO GROW UP A LITTLE AS A DEMOCRACY. LITTLE AS A DEMOCRACY.>>GROW UP IS NOT JUST AS A>>GROW UP IS NOT JUST AS A DEMOCRACY, BUT AS CONSUMERS OF DEMOCRACY, BUT AS CONSUMERS OF OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. SO RIGHT NOW IT IS VERY EASY IF SO RIGHT NOW IT IS VERY EASY IF YOU WANT TO JUST GET YOUR NEWS YOU WANT TO JUST GET YOUR NEWS OFF OF BREITBART OR BUZZ FEED TO OFF OF BREITBART OR BUZZ FEED TO NOT LISTEN TO ANYTHING ELSE. NOT LISTEN TO ANYTHING ELSE. AND NOT TALK TO ANYBODY THAT MAY AND NOT TALK TO ANYBODY THAT MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND NOT QUESTION THE VORACITY OF THE NOT QUESTION THE VORACITY OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU’RE INFORMATION THAT YOU’RE CONSUMING. CONSUMING. HOW TO EVALUATE THE TRUTH OF HOW TO EVALUATE THE TRUTH OF INFORMATION, HOW TO ARGUE, INFORMATION, HOW TO ARGUE, DEBATE, AND BE OPEN TO DEBATE, AND BE OPEN TO ALTERNATIVES. ALTERNATIVES. THE REMEDIES WILL NOT BE SWIFT, THE REMEDIES WILL NOT BE SWIFT, AND I PROPOSED SOME DRAMATIC AND I PROPOSED SOME DRAMATIC STEPS LIKE MANDATORY NATIONAL STEPS LIKE MANDATORY NATIONAL SERVICE FOR AMERICANS BETWEEN SERVICE FOR AMERICANS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 21. THE AGES OF 18 AND 21. SPEND SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR, SPEND SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR, EVERY YEAR, WORKING ON SOMETHING EVERY YEAR, WORKING ON SOMETHING THAT SERVES THE COUNTRY AND THAT SERVES THE COUNTRY AND REQUIRES US TO KNOW AND WORK REQUIRES US TO KNOW AND WORK ALONGSIDE WITH AND COOPERATE ALONGSIDE WITH AND COOPERATE WITH PEOPLE WHO COME FROM VASTLY WITH PEOPLE WHO COME FROM VASTLY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS THAN WE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS THAN WE DO. DO. THAT IS THE KIND OF THING WE THAT IS THE KIND OF THING WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT IF WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT IF WE RECOGNIZE THESE DIVISIONS THAT RECOGNIZE THESE DIVISIONS THAT WE ARE SUFFERING FROM, OUR WE ARE SUFFERING FROM, OUR ADVERSARIES ARE EXPLOITING, ARE ADVERSARIES ARE EXPLOITING, ARE POTENTIAL DEATH NELL IF WE DON’T POTENTIAL DEATH NELL IF WE DON’T GET IT TOGETHER. GET IT TOGETHER. AFTER HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT I AFTER HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT I THINK IT IS WORTH RECALLING THAT THINK IT IS WORTH RECALLING THAT AS DARK AS THIS MOMENT MAY SEEM AS DARK AS THIS MOMENT MAY SEEM TO SOME PEOPLE, INCLUDING TO YOU TO SOME PEOPLE, INCLUDING TO YOU AND ME, WE’RE OLD ENOUGH AND WE AND ME, WE’RE OLD ENOUGH AND WE HAVE STUDIED ENOUGH HISTORY TO HAVE STUDIED ENOUGH HISTORY TO RECALL THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH RECALL THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY. WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A CIVIL WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A CIVIL WAR, RECONSTRUCTION, THE WAR, RECONSTRUCTION, THE McCARTHY ERA, VIETNAM, CIVIL McCARTHY ERA, VIETNAM, CIVIL RIGHTS, OUR CITIES WERE RIGHTS, OUR CITIES WERE LITERALLY BURNING DOURNWN. LITERALLY BURNING DOURNWN. STUDENTS WERE SHOT ON CAMPUSES. STUDENTS WERE SHOT ON CAMPUSES. WE HAVE COME OUT WORSE AND COME WE HAVE COME OUT WORSE AND COME OUT STRONGER AND THAT’S WHAT OUT STRONGER AND THAT’S WHAT THIS MOMENT CALLS FOR. THIS MOMENT CALLS FOR.>>SUSAN RICE, HER BOOK IS