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Susan Rice Denies ‘Existential’ Global Threats, Slams Media ‘Alarmism’

As global order implodes, White House national security advisor Susan Rice denied that the threats facing the United States are in any way “existential” — blaming that perception instead on media “alarmism.”

Rice spoke Friday at Washington, D.C.’s Brookings Institution, where she unveiled the Obama administration’s 2015 national security strategy.

After a year that saw a Russian invasion in eastern Europe, continued violence in Israel, massive international cyber-attacks on American companies and the rise of an ultra-violent Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, Rice took pains to assure her audience that all is well.

“Too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective,” she said. “Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or during the Cold War. We cannot afford to be buffeted by alarmism or an instantaneous news cycle.”

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