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Former Secretary of State Adviser Speaks on "The End of Greatness"

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A man who has served as an adviser to secretaries of state in the United States over the past two decades is weighing in on what makes a great president. Aaron David Miller spoke to more than 100 people at the University of Virginia's Miller Center Wednesday.

He just published a book - titled "The End of Greatness" - arguing presidents can only be great when they have character, capacity, and crisis to combat. Miller identifies a national crisis as something bigger than the tension involving ISIS in the Middle East right now.

"It's very unlikely that we are going to be able to stabilize the situation in Syria and Iraq. We're not going to be able to put these Humpty-Dumpties back together again. We have to be very smart and about how we look at ISIS. It's not a nation-building problem. It's a counter-terrorism problem,” said Miller. 

Miller believes the conflicts in Iraq and Syria should be dealt with through military means.

For more on the event, click here.

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