from a counter-terrorism conference sponsored by the Jamestown Foundation.
"We can't kill our way out of this. If we do nothing except get tougher, we'll have to get tougher multiple times in the future."
"the Arab world: today, it is in chaos. It is descending into an abyss of hell that we are only beginning to see the outlines of."
"As bad as Aleppo is, as bad as Mosul is, I think it's almost certainly going to get much worse."
"The depressing thing is that none of the reasons that produced the Arab Spring -- bad governance, bad economic performance, high unemployment, lack of accountability in government, police behavior, lack of openness for citizens to express their views -- not a single one of those has been addressed to any significant degree."