Flournoy Sticks to Policy Wonk Persona on ‘Meet the Press’


If it’s Sunday, as they say, it’s “Meet the Press.” And if it’s Monday, as Washington reporters say, it’s breaking down what was on “Meet the Press.”

On Friday, Intercepts asked whether former Pentagon policy chief Michele Flournoy’s first appearance on the popular Sunday morning political talk show meant she was trying to take on a more political persona.

After reviewing the video, Intercepts has your answer: No.

Flournoy didn’t say much. And when she did, she kept close to her policy wonk persona.

In fairness to Flournoy, the deck was stacked against her. Anyone on a panel featuring Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson faces an uphill battle for airtime.

Flournoy was asked what the United States’ diplomatic strategy should be toward an increasingly bellicose North Korea. Here is her response:

“We have to convince this new, young, inexperienced leader he’s playing a losing hand. That the only way out of the box to get the economic development he wants, to get the progress that he wants is to ratchet the rhetoric, come back into compliance with the international obligations that North Korea has and to get serious about trying to implement some of the commitments he’s made at the negotiating table in the past. I think, in the meantime, the U.S. has been right to focus on bolstering deterrents, bolstering defense, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our ally, South Korea.”

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett