Where Does America Stand?

  • Where Does America Stand?

  • Condoleezza Rice

    Good evening, distinguished delegates.

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  • Good evening, fellow Republicans.

  • Good evening, my fellow Americans.

  • We gather here at a time of significance and challenge.

  • This young century has been a difficult one.

  • I can remember, as if it were yesterday, when my young assistants came into my office at the White House to say that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, and then a second plane, and then a third plane, the Pentagon.

  • And later we would learn that a plane had crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, driven into the ground by brave souls who died so that others might live.

  • Condoleezza Rice

    From that day on -- From that day on, our sense of vulnerability and our concepts of security were never the same again.

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  • Then in 2008, the global financial and economic crisis would stun us.

  • And it still reverberates as we deal with unemployment and economic uncertainty and bad policies that cast a pall over an American economy and a recovery that is desperately needed at home and abroad.

  • And we have seen -- we have seen that the desire for liberty and freedom is, indeed, universal, as men and women in the Middle East rise up to seize it.

  • Yet, the promise of the Arab spring is engulfed in uncertainty, internal strife -- and hostile neighbors are challenging the young, fragile democracy of Iraq.

  • Dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their people and threaten regional security.

  • Condoleezza Rice

    Russia and China prevent a response.

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  • And everyone asks:

  • Where does America stand?

  • Indeed -- Indeed, that is the question of the hour.

  • Where does America stand?

  • You see, when friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place.