America: The “Indispensable Nation”


This is a quote from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that I like to use in my debates. You can taste the arrogance:

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, let me say that there are, a couple of dozen countries that are with us on this that are providing a variety of equipment, support and are willing to be with us. So there is a misunderstanding about saying that there is no coalition; there is. And the truth is that in the Gulf War, we did most of the work, too. There’s no question that we, with the British and French, did a large proportion of the work.

Let me say that we are doing everything possible so that American men and women in uniform do not have to go out there again. It is the threat of the use of force and our line-up there that is going to put force behind the diplomacy. But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us. I know that the American men and women in uniform are always prepared to sacrifice for freedom, democracy and the American way of life.


Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Interview on NBC-TV “The Today Show” with Matt Lauer
Columbus, Ohio, February 19, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman U.S. Department of State

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