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  • One half of the world's people live on less than two dollars a day. This should concern our national security policy as well as our conscience.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Foreign aid is neither a failure nor a panacea. It is, instead, an important tool of American policy that can serve the interests of the United States and the world if wisely administered.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • The temptations are great to simply retreat to the domain of private life and give up on our public problems.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • China's ability to deliver nuclear warheads on American cities is expanding.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Protecting Americans from nuclear terrorism rises above politics.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)


  • The U.S. should support the historic Gaza withdrawal as a first step toward a final settlement: a permanent Palestinian state in Gaza and nearly all of the West Bank.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • You'll remember Dr. Rice said that several times: It was not a warning about the place and the method and the time - it was a general warning. And that points out the imperfection, if you would, of our intelligence.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Democracy makes us articulate our views, defend them, and refine them.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Democracy fascinates me.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • But in the end our government usually - not unfailingly - is responsive to the people; and usually - not always - will try to do what is right.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • We cannot do everything in Africa, but doing nothing is not an option.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Addressing global resentment cannot be put off. If we do not learn to use our predominant power with great restraint, we will antagonize the world.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)

  • Aid can work where there is good governance, and usually fails where governments are unable or unwilling to commit aid to improve the lives of their people.
    (Lee H. Hamilton)


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