People do not change when you tell them they should; they change when they tell themselves they must.
One thing worse than an America that is too strong, the world will learn, is an America that is too weak.
While analogies are useful, however, they can also be misleading. They smuggle in assumptions that can be wrong.
The real threat to world stability is not too much American power. It is too little American power.
Certainly, protecting oppressed people, stopping ethnic conflict and promoting responsible governance are worthy goals. But none is as important for American security and prosperity as keeping the peace in the Middle East, Europe and East Asia.
Let me remind you all that the first task of American foreign policy is to reduce threats to the United States.
First of all, the world criticizes American foreign policy because Americans criticize American foreign policy. We shouldn't be surprised about that. Criticizing government is a God-given right - at least in democracies.
American power confers benefits on most inhabitants of the planet, even on many who dislike it and some who actively oppose it, because the United States plays a major, constructive, and historically unprecedented role in the world.
In my experience, it's not just that serious books get a hearing on comedy shows. But serious books get a serious hearing, as well as a funny one, on comedy shows.
The American empire will not disappear... because America does not have an empire.
The United States doesn't do what it does in the world for altruistic reasons. Nobody set out to be the world's government.
After all, the past is our only real guide to the future, and historical analogies are instruments for distilling and organizing the past and converting it to a map by which we can navigate.
The government can give citizens opportunity and it's their responsibility to take advantage of it.
All policy is a matter of gains and losses, upsides and downsides.
American influence in the world is certainly considerable, but the United States does not control, directly or indirectly, the politics and economics of other societies, as empires have always done, save for a few special cases that turn out to be the exceptions that prove the rule.
Economic growth is necessary to keep the promise - enormously important to individual Americans - that each generation will have the opportunity to become more prosperous than the preceding one, the popular term for which is 'the American dream.
The United States contributes to peace in both by serving as a buffer between and among regional powers that, while not preparing for armed conflict, do not fully trust one another.
The windfall of great riches can, if mismanaged, make things worse, not better, for the recipients.
The values, the programs, the formula, the determination, and the patriotism responsible for America's past success are still here to be tapped.
The main division in the world is between democratic and undemocratic countries.
The war on terror, I believe, will be waged by effective intelligence and police work and cruise missiles.
The world needs a strong America.
American foreign policy, for all its shortcomings, has underpinned political stability around the world.
Football is controlled violence, but it is violence, which people have loved to watch since the gladiatorial contests in ancient Rome.
Great wars can only be fought by great powers.
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