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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quotes: America and its Allies

“I’ve looked recently at some of the research findings about attitudes to international affairs in America and Europe, and the thing which is most encouraging is the finding that the majority of Americans, even after the Iraq war, want Europe to play a larger part in sharing in world leadership. They even want that when Europeans on issues where Europe doesn’t agree with the United States. I think that’s smart and I think it’s understandable and I think I would take the same view. I hope that Europeans are capable of rising to that challenge. It’s a challenge, we shouldn’t forget, to which post-war American leaders—Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy—wanted Europe to respond within enthusiasm, energy and wisdom. I hope that that is what we can do, playing a part as super partners rather than supine followers or super snipers.”

Chris Patten, April 7, 2005

“Don’t just show me the love. Don’t just give me the smiles. Your love is fickle and, as I said, it will last about as long as the first Obama airstrike against an Al Qaeda position in Pakistan. No, no, no, show me the money. Show me that you are ready to be Obama stakeholders, not free-riders — stakeholders in what will be expensive and difficult initiatives by the Obama administration to keep the world stable and free at a time when we have fewer resources.”

Thomas Friedman, November 9, 2008

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