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Robert M. Gates

World Democracy Forum Address

"This setting is fitting for my topic today: a 'realist’s' view of promoting democracy abroad."

"I had quite a reputation as a pessimist when I was in the intelligence business. A journalist once described me as the Eeyore of national security -- able to find the darkest cloud in any silver lining."

"We Americans continue to wrestle with the appropriate role this country should play in advancing freedom and democracy in the world...Should America’s mission be to make the world 'safe for democracy,' as Woodrow Wilson said, or, in the words of John Quincy Adams, should America be 'the well-wisher of freedom and independence of all' but the 'champion and vindicator only of our own?'"

"We would do well to be mindful of the turbulence of our own early history as we contemplate the challenges facing contemporary fledgling democracies struggling to find their footing...."

"The relative calm in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War served only to mask new threats to the security of democratic nations: ethnic conflicts, new genocides, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- especially by rogue states -- and, above all, a new, more formidable, and more malignant form of terrorism embraced by Islamic extremists...."

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William Jefferson Clinton: Address to the Nation on Somalia [w/ AudioXE and Video]

Vice Adm Michael S. Rogers: Opening Statement Before the Senate Armed Services Committee [w/ AudioXE and Video]

Teddy Roosevelt: Nobel Lecture

Matthew McConaughey: Oscar Award for Male in a Leading Role Acceptance Speech [w/ AudioXE and Video]

Robert F. Kennedy: Statement to Congress on HR 7152 (civil rights)

John Brennan: Opening Remarks and Q&A -- The Council on Foreign Relations [w/ Video]

Dianne Feinstein: Senate Floor Address on Alleged CIA  Computer Tampering [w/ AudioXE and Video]

Teri Takai et al: DoD Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy Presser [w/ Video and AudioXE]

Margaret Thatcher: Address to a Joint Session of the US Congress [w/ Audio and Video]

Charleton Heston: Cultural War Speech at Harvard University [Entire AudioXE, Transcript Corrections, Off-Site Video Added]

Iraq War Speeches

12/15/11 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Marks the End of Operation New Dawn

08/31/10 President's Oval Office Address Announcing End of Operation Iraqi Freedom

2/27/09 President's Address at Camp Lejeune on Ending the War in Iraq

10/12/07 General Ricardo Sanchez's Address to Military Reporters and Editors

9/13/07 President's Address to the Nation on Moving Forward in Iraq

9/10/07 General David Petraeus' Opening Statement to Congress on the Status in Iraq

7/12/07 President's Press Conference on Iraq War

1/10/07 President's Address to the Nation on Troop Increase

9/11/06 President's National Address on Five-Year Anniversary of 9/11

12/18/05 President's National Address in Oval Office

2/4/05 L. Paul Bremer: TD Waterhouse Conference Keynote Address

2/02/05 President's 2005 State of the Union Address

1/30/05 President's Address Following Democratic Election in Iraq

10/4/04 Donald Rumsfeld's Address to the Council on Foreign Relations

4/13/04 President's Prime Time News Conference on Iraq War

4/8/04 Condoleezza Rice: 9/11 Commission Opening Statement

1/20/04 President's 2004 State of the Union Address

12/14/03 President Announces Capture of Saddam Hussein

5/01/03 President Announces End of Combat Ops in Iraq

Ashleigh Banfield: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University

4/13/04 President's Prime Time Press Conference on Iraq War

4/10/03 President and UK Prime Minister Addresses to the Peoples of Iraq

4/03/03 President's Address at Camp Lejeune

3/19/03 Senator Robert Byrd: The Arrogance of Power

3/19/03 President's Address to the Nation: Initial Ops in Iraq

3/17/03 President's Ultimatum to Saddam

2/05/03 Colin Powell's Address to the UN Security Council

1/28/03 President's State of the Union Address

8/26/02 Vice President Cheney's Address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars 103rd National Convention

2/02/02 Paul Wolfowitz's Address at the 38th Verkunde Conference

1/29/02 President's State of the Union Address

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