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Old 04-08-2003, 12:11 AM   #1
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QUESTION: I hear what you are saying. What many people in Europe will hear, through your words, is this is how the new partition of labor will be: America is looking for its Allies, is going its course with or without Allies, any number that’s available, and be it zero. And then the U.N.’s role is to go in as a good Samaritan and clean up the mess. That’s all they can do. America is already looking at its next destination.

SECRETARY POWELL: That’s absurd. It’s an absurd, simplistic, shorthand response to what people think we’re doing. In fact, we went to the U.N. in the first place with respect to this problem. It was a problem that belonged to the U.N. for twelve years -- this terrible regime that tortures its people, that developed weapons of mass destruction, that used them against its own people and then invaded its neighbors on two occasions. And we finally said to the United Nations, “If you would be relevant, if the international community would be relevant, we must deal with this.”

This is not a regime that will simply roll over and play dead. It will fight back. It will try to avoid consequences. So we got a very strong resolution passed. Unanimously. Fifteen to zero. And when it became clear to a number of members of the Security Council that it was time to apply those serious consequences, we took it back to the U.N. And the U.N. said, “Well, can’t agree on this.”

But 1441 made it clear – it was more than sufficient authority. Now there were some members of the Council who said, “We’ll veto anything.” And there were others of us who felt we must move forward. We must remove this danger to the world. Especially this regime that developed weapons of mass destruction and might actually allow some of these weapons to fall in the hands of terrorists. We will not apologize for this. We believe that we did what is right and we recognize that there is a great deal of opinion, especially in Europe, that thinks this was not the right approach. But I hope we will change this opinion, when everybody sees that after this conflict we’re not leaving it to be swept up by the United Nations. We are going to work with the United Nations and work with the international community. And guess who will be the major contributor, who will pay the most money to help the Iraqi people to get back on their feet. It will be the United States, as always. Europeans --

QUESTION: So you are paying the most money? Then that’s a promise?

SECRETARY POWELL: Europeans, especially Germans, should recognize the American record, our history. Our history is not one of getting involved in conflicts just for the sake of it. We get involved in conflicts because there are major issues at stake that have to be resolved, unfortunately, by force of arms. But when you look at our history for the last sixty years, every time we found ourselves in this position, we did not just get up and walk away. We did everything we could to put in place a better system, a better society, than that which we had to go in and fight. And we will do it again this time.

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Wow...no one else likes Mr. Powell?
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Wow...no one else likes Mr. Powell?
I like him. What a great President he would make! I guess as a career military man he knows what war is about not by hearsay. Also one of the best American diplomats I've ever heard/read... Unfortunately, in this administration he's surrounded by Reagan's clique...
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I like him. What a great President he would make! I guess as a career military man he knows what war is about not by hearsay. Also one of the best American diplomats I've ever heard/read... Unfortunately, in this administration he's surrounded by Reagan's clique...
What are we going to do if we keep agreeing?
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i like him, or i should say i likeD him a lot more than i do now about 7 months or so.

he comes across as being far more genuine, sincere and intelligent than the texas ranger, he calls boss.
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best i can say about Powel: he's my favourite from current US government.

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Dread, I like Powell. I like his diplomatic style. He understands how to maintain relationships with other countries. Unfortunately others in the administration do not know how to do this worth a purple tuppence. That's a shame. I think it's bad for the world as a whole. It's unfortunate.
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I want powell for president.
should've been the candidate instead of bush in the first place.
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not to sound racist, but the day a black man or a woman (of any colour) becomes president of the us, i will be very surprised.
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