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Beyond Nation Building   [open pdf - 53KB]

Remarks as delivered by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, 11th Annual Salute to Freedom, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York City, Friday, February 14, 2003. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said the United States, in a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, would seek to create conditions where the Iraqi people can form a government in their own way, just as Afghans have done with their representative government that is uniquely Afghan. Rumsfeld also states that no matter what new problem arises in the world, the United States will not abandon Afghanistan until it has been completely restructured. He said it remains an important ally, not just in the war on terrorism, but in the greater struggle for freedom and moderation in the Middle East. Finally, he said that if the United States does lead an international coalition into Iraq, it will be guided by two commitments; stay as long as necessary, and leave as soon as possible.

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