I am very pleased to be able to meet with you on this, the first day of a week–long examination of relations between our country and the Arab world. I have been asked to speak about American foreign policy as it bears on this topic.
We are here to inaugurate a new center for research, analysis, and education about China, a country to our far West that never stops challenging the minds of those who study it or the character of those who rule it. No country has had a history of comparable continuity.
Since 9/11, without public debate, most Americans have — either enthusiastically or passively — supported a militaristic and ideologically domineering approach to managing our international relations.
When our descendants look back on the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of this one, they will be puzzled. The end of the Cold War relieved Americans of almost all international anxieties.
We are gathered together to reflect upon our country's adoption of Caligula's motto for effective foreign policy — ODERINT DUM METUANT — "let them hate us, as long as they fear us." As we do so, let us observe a brief moment of silence for the United States Information Agency and also for our re
Thank you John. That was such a fulsome introduction that I don't have a lot of time to speak, and I'll try to keep it very short.
I join all here today in commending IFANS for its collaboration with the Korean Association for Middle East Studies. The Middle East is, without question, a decisive factor in global politics and economics.
If today were January 20, 2009 — which not a few here must wish it were — the 44th president of the United States would be in his or her first day on the job.
In 1941, as the United States sat out the wars then raging in both the Atlantic and Pacific, Henry Luce penned a famous attack on isolationism in Life Magazine. "We Americans are unhappy," he began. "We are not happy about America. We are not happy about ourselves in relation to America.
To all who supported me or gave me words of encouragement during the controversy of the past two weeks, you have my gratitude and respect.