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No one argues that we should have imposed a dictatorship in Afghanistan having liberated the country. Similarly, we weren't about to impose a dictatorship in Iraq having liberated the country.
We did not go to war in Afghanistan or in Iraq to, quote, 'impose democracy.' We went to war in both places because we saw those regimes as a threat to the United States.
For the private sector to flourish, special privilege must give way to equal opportunity and equal risk for all.
That sense of what happened in Europe in World War II has shaped a lot of my views.
For one thing I tend not to see myself in various moulds that people fit me into.
I can't predict the future.
I certainly don't like a label that suggests I believe that the military is the solution to most of the world's problems.
I think, in the longer view of things, there is a very powerful pull in the direction of participatory government.
I've met quite a few dictators up close and personal in my life.
If greater openness is a key to economic success, I believe there is increasingly a need for openness in the political sphere as well.
It is kind of nice to have a common purpose.
Look, I think the public generally understands that what's at stake in Afghanistan is American security, number one.
Poles understand perhaps better than anyone the consequences of making toothless warnings to brutal tyrants and terrorist regimes.
Public action should seek to expand the set of opportunities of those who have the least voice and fewest resources and capabilities.
The American people are pretty impressive in their ability to keep after something if they think it is doable.
The cost of the high-cost economy remains too high.
China, in the future, is going to have even more nuclear capability than it has had in the past. I don't believe that they have anything to fear from the United States, and I frankly don't believe they do fear the United States.
I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq. Those who want to come and help are welcome. Those who come to interfere and destroy are not.
I think that all countries that participate in multilateral institutions see the institutions as a way of advancing what they view as their national interests and they see in many cases multi-lateral institution as the best way to do that.
I'm not sure the oil producers are enjoying real growth. That troubles me. For experience has shown that oil can be more of a curse than a blessing. And not only in Africa.
It's wonderful that so many people want to contribute to fighting aids or malaria. But, if somebody isn't paying attention to the overall health system in the country, a whole lot of money can be wasted.
Someone once said that history has more imagination than all the scenario writers in the Pentagon, and we have a lot of scenario writers here. No one ever wrote a scenario for commercial airliners crashing into the World Trade Center.
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