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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that the U.S. is safer than it was before the September 11th attacks, despite her concerns about America losing its "eyes and ears" in Afghanistan following President BidenJoe BidenFBI releases first Sept. 11 document following Biden executive order Afghan pilots to be transferred to US base after fleeing to Uzbekistan: WSJ NATO head says alliance signed off on US withdrawal from Afghanistan MORE's military withdrawal last month.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rice told host Dana BashDana BashThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Questions on Biden agenda; unemployment benefits to end Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law rattles lawmakers Klobuchar points to Texas abortion law in discussing potential Breyer retirement MORE that the creation of the Homeland Security Department (HSD) and the National Counterterrorism Center have helped protect the U.S. from future attacks.
Rice also trumpeted the dismantling of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 attacks. “Denying them the territory of Afghanistan meant that they couldn't train and they couldn't operate in the way that they did on that day," she said.
But Rice said she would separate the successes of the past 20 years from the latest decision to end U.S. on-the-ground involvement in the country.
“The part that doesn't make me feel very comforted is that we have lost the eyes and ears on the ground in Afghanistan that helped us to know where the terrorists were, that allowed us to run the kinds of operations that you sometimes have to run against terrorists,” she said.
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