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    Once again, terrorists have killed innocent people, and at the same time they have struck a blow once more against the aspirations of the Palestinian people to have a homeland of their own, ... This kind of action has got to stop.

    There has been a review of some of the activities that take place between the United States and France on a bilateral basis, ... Some of our joint military activities are being looked at in light of the changed circumstances.

    We agreed that the North must verifiably and irreversibly dismantle its nuclear weapons program,

    We have emphasized strongly about the continuing terrorist activities of Hezbollah in the region and around the world,

    While we are all anxious to see restraint ... We understand it's important to get the terror down -- if terror goes down, then the response to terror will no longer be required.



    We will work with parents and educators to bridge the knowledge gap with better schools and more opportunities for higher education.

    Where did they go Where did they look They went to Iraq, ... None of this should come as a surprise to any of us. Terrorism has been a tool used by Saddam Hussein for decades.

    We have had a mixed relationship with Syria over the years,

    We discussed the humanitarian situation, and in that regard the president confirmed that the bridge would open Sunday after one last technical check,

    Time is passing, ... We have to look at the reality of the situation and ... redouble our efforts and get on with it.


    The issue is not how much more time the inspectors need to search in the dark, it is how much more time Iraq should be given to turn on the lights and come clean,

    I will always treasure the four years that I have spent with President Bush and with the wonderful men and women of the Department of State, ... I think we've accomplished a great deal.

    There are no secrets to success. Don't waste your time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.

    It is very disturbing that the cycle of violence continues to go upward.

    It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured, but at the same time too - in the eyes of the American people, in my judgment, it looked as if that somehow become more important than the main attack which was to fix the economy and get the Americans working again.

    deeply disturbed at this new escalation of the violence.

    We all talked to Woodward. It was part of our instructions from the White House, ... It was an opportunity to help him write a contemporary history of this period.

    We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country, make sure al-Qaeda didn't come back, and make sure the Taliban wasn't resurging. It didn't work out.

    Cuba is an anachronism ... and history will catch up with them.

    The intent of the Iraqi regime to keep from turning over all of its weapons of mass destruction, seems to me, has not changed,

    If Taliban elements are forced from Pakistan back into Afghanistan as a result of actions on the Pakistan side of the border, I'm sure that our military forces here working with Afghan forces will deal with those elements,

    We have been asked by the Justice Department, those who are conducting this investigation, to make ourselves available for any purpose that they have, ... We have been asked to take a look at our calendars and documents to see if we have any information that is relevant to this inquiry, and we obviously will cooperate fully with the Department of Justice in getting the answers that they seek, as the president has directed us to do.

    will be held for and used for the people of Iraq.

    This is about Americans getting off the sidelines and getting onto the playing field, ... This is about each and every one of us who have been blessed by the wealth of this country sharing that blessing by reaching down and reaching back and lifting up somebody in need. That's what America is all about. That's what being American is all about.

    We're trying to build a better future for the people of Afghanistan and the people of Iraq, ... what they need is security.

    And we will continue to assist directly, in many different ways, the brave men and women of Zimbabwe who are resisting tyranny.

    Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

    This is what people have wanted, and they're going to see it on the 30th of June as the Coalition Provisional Authority comes to an end, and on the first of July when a new interim Iraqi government takes over,

    So many lessons were learned after World War II about where we were lacking, where we were not educating all of our officers to respect all elements of national power, and not educating diplomats as well.

    It's a question of time and a question of expectation and conditions that are met,

    He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors,

    There was nothing to apologize for, ... To apologize would have suggested that we had done something wrong and we accepted responsibility for having done something wrong. And we did not do anything wrong. Therefore, it was not possible to apologize.

    What I am interested in doing right now ... is bringing an end to the violence, bringing an end to this conflict, because what we need to do is get violence down so we can go forward as quickly as possible to find a political solution.

    We will also illustrate some of the things they have done to deceive the inspectors, and also show information concerning the programs they have had over the years to develop chemical weapons, biological weapons and nuclear weapons.

    a great achievement for the entire Security Council to come together again in this manner.

    We talked about the need to see reform in the Palestinian Authority, and we will be discussing it with the Palestinian leaders,

    We will continue to work with UNMOVIC the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission and IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency and will consult with other members of the council to see what conclusions the council members arrive at, and to see whether or not more evidence can be brought forward to make the case to the council that Iraq has totally missed this opportunity,

    We will see in the days and weeks ahead whether the Palestinian people respond to this message and provide that kind of government. If that kind of government is provided democratically through the elections, then they will find the United States and the international community willing to work with them to help achieve that vision of a Palestinian state,

    Chairman Arafat has to act. He has to do a lot more to get the violence under control, to persuade the Palestinian people, all of these Palestinian organizations, that they are destroying the vision of a Palestinian state by violent acts,

    We are looking at the possibilities ahead for Afghanistan's people, ... We're looking to develop a stable country that lives in peace with all of its neighbors.

    My support was willing, and it was complete, ... will always plead guilty to being cautious about matters having to do with war and peace.


    irretrievable loss to the understanding of history and the efforts of Iraqi and international scholars to study and gain new insight into our past.

    Laurence Foley had devoted his own life to U.S. government service and to improving the lives of others through his work with the Agency for International Development, ... He will be deeply missed.

    Everybody knows what has to be done. The violence has to be brought down,

    Think hard about it I'm running out of demons. I'm running out of villains. I'm down to Castro and Kim II Sung.

    There is no timetable, ... We understand the need for Israel to defend itself. We understand that Israel is under threat from terrorist attack, and we have been supportive. But at the same time, as a friend of Israel, we have to take note of the long-term consequences of the incursions that are under way and (their) effect on the nation in the region and the international climate.

    There is no inclination whatsoever to have our nation withdraw from the world into a fortress of protectionism, ... No ally, friend or enemy will ever be unclear about where we stand on a matter that touches our heart and soul and basic interests.


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