Post-Election Strategic Priorities for the United States

Dec 6, 2004

Remarks at the Chatham House Conference on ‘Matching Capabilities to Commitments – Can Europe Deliver?’, London, United Kingdom

“Why does the U.S. measure success by the amount of shared burden and sacrifice among allies in facing the new security challenge? We do this for two reasons: First, as I have said, the expenditure of American blood and treasure is high, and we need the help and partnership of all the countries waging the war on terrorism. And second, it is unhealthy for the U.S. and other countries to see the world through very different lenses. This undermines solidarity at the political level. So let me ask: does it matter to Europeans what Americans see when they look across the Atlantic?”

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