Friedman: Conn. a Perfect Storm of Events
The New York Times’ Tom Friedman on the school shootings in Connecticut.
- Duration 7:29
- Date Dec 18, 2012
The New York Times’ Tom Friedman on the school shootings in Connecticut.
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Here -- Tom Friedman what Imus Freeman scenario.
So all star of the senate.
Tragedy and irresponsible.
You know -- it is -- something about this is is sort of the perfect storm that.
We know that come with that -- Murders like this perpetrated by people been mentally disturbed.
And we've had mass murderers like this perpetrated by people who simply had access to.
You know certain guns automatic weapons.
But here you have a case -- a young man who clearly had.
You know some mental issues.
At the same time -- with a mother was a gun collector.
And the combination of the two.
Produce this devastating tragedy.
It seems to me is we think about how to respond to -- -- it I don't think it is just that we don't we we can't just look at the gun side of this -- think we have to look at the long term trend.
And I'm not an expert on this but it has been reading about -- You know if it's become so much more difficult to -- -- people.
You know of their -- to help institutions.
Who have this kind of mental troubles and there's been a secular trend of the last ten years in combination of legal issues in and finances.
And and it just seems to me that as we as we think about the long term -- respond to this.
There's a mental health issues side of this as -- well as the war started out his gun issue -- I think about it.
And the problems.
Of all violence from all aspects.
And our society that impact on.
People of all ages and totally.
No empirical from too much of billions of -- is -- exports -- -- rhetoric of people -- radio television and it's like a perfect storm of things of value and I'm actually happy to hear you.
Recognize that not the original.
-- -- -- arbiter of what -- -- -- -- here that are really just wanted I've always favored for stricter gun control and I'll gallons you're far stricter control.
Laws and know a ban on these assault weapon torture idiotic to allow people.
To -- but there -- some -- health component and there is an ideal that we have a society.
-- -- -- -- -- -- But everyone's goal is to be -- of their own television -- and beyond your -- -- and because of peer pressure and oppression of People Magazine and others -- are made to feel less.
Them -- valid if they don't.
No I think it's it's a very good point and you know it militarily wouldn't give you go to the movies these -- you sit through the trailers you know for twenty minutes beforehand.
And each one -- more violent in the next.
-- see that that component that you say you can just just where the -- been going whether YouTube video games are just more broadly.
And then if there is this other component then I think you're right about the it is kind of acting out culture -- -- -- Look at look at my tweet pick up picked up look at my YouTube video that went viral.
And so this young man you know just -- He went viral you know but in the most -- and -- discussing way and so.
I'm part I really liked the way the president framed it I hope he intends to follow up that way.
But release framing it as something that we really need to step back and let's think about this in -- holistic way.
Because you know clearly just -- about certain certain on which we -- should be doing.
But that's necessary but it just doesn't feel sufficient -- not not to this -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And reasonable and Tom -- want him -- urgent call people write to editorials.
But to New York Times and for the controller merger apostles talk about Somalis are -- is rises.
Output audits -- about John Kerry bid to exercise.
I'm you know I think two things don't want is some you know I think Joseph -- John Kerry is there are these good choice I think he's really informed on the issues.
And I think you'll bring a lot of energy to them and so I think each of these very good choice for the present.
That's on one side of the ledger on the other side of the ledger I think what you're looking -- I've been reading about the over the last couple years it's like secretary of state has become the worst job in the world.
On the worst job in the cabinet.
You know I think back -- -- in 1973.
Com Middle East War Henry Kissinger.
Really -- first this thing we call shuttle diplomacy and kind of heroic secretary states.
So think about Kissinger dot beckoned 73 -- he had to negotiate in Egypt with one all powerful Egyptian pharaoh him -- -- -- Did negotiate with Syria arm and all powerful dictator named after dark side.
And the Israeli prime minister had negotiated -- gold Amir had such a majority in her parliament and the commencement but -- every even heard of the Likud opposition.
Flash forward to -- -- -- secretary of state you wanna come to do some kind of deal out there you -- deal with the Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt who.
Really does ignore the bathroom in -- in the in the policy.
You have no government in Syria and the Israeli prime minister.
Is to the far right -- a minority government.
And is -- -- left wing of incredibly far right government.
Please see if you just want to get anything done about it just so much harder.
Secretaries -- have to deal not every day with failed and failing states basically.
You sit down the leader -- to do something to sure mr.
sector people whoever whoever comes -- -- And so I just think there's not that some accident -- -- that the last really consequential secretary of state was Jim Baker.
Who did the job at the end of the Cold War when there was the Soviet Union when when you could do big deals in big treaties and its super powers to control their client states.
That world has really gone.
Does secretary of started and specifically John Kerry only bring to these.
There's all thoughts about what's an appropriate solution normally someplace.
Been carrying out the wishes president.
It's -- good question I think that.
You Obama -- look at the first term has really wanted to be his own secretary of state and -- so let's start there what they have learned could recover baker for four years -- many years ago when we first started talking.
And -- -- -- -- covering him is that the secretary of state is only as strong as he has a 100% back -- of his presence.
So when you're abroad as a secretary stated that leader you're dealing with the negotiating with -- threatening.
Seems that he's talking to the -- through you you will have influence and impact.
But if they think that you know you're really not.
The key guy that -- they'll entertain you.
But that you really don't have the full confidence back into the -- think of Colin Powell for instance under George W.
I'm -- not gonna be successful I think that's really the question I think people understood that.
Hillary was a little bit out there on their own it was never quite clear Obama was behind -- -- 110%.
On this issuers that issue that's really the key thing.
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