Serial No. 109-190: The International Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2007, Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 16, 2006   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of Henry J. Hyde: "Lying at the heart of America's relationship with the world is a paradox. We have global reach, voluntarily assuming responsibility for preserving peace and order in much of the world for the blessed charge of bettering the lives of its inhabitants. And yet, we are absolutely very distant from that world, stubbornly uninstructed by its ancient cynicism and preaching a confidence in the future that defies the constraints of the present. This paradox, to massively engage the world while living on an autonomous island in the global sea, is made possible by our unprecedented power. It is a truism that power breeds arrogance. A far greater danger however, stems from the self-delusion that is the more certain companion. For our individuals and countries alike, power inevitably distorts perceptions of the world by insulating them in a soothing cocoon that is impervious to what scientists term 'disconfirming evidence.' Our power then has the grave liability of rendering our theories about the world immune from failure. But by becoming deaf to easily discerned warning signs, we may ignore long-term costs that result from our actions and dismiss reverses that should lead to a reexamination of our goals and means." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry J. Hyde, Condoleeza Rice, Ted Poe, Dan Burton, Joseph Crowley, Connie Mack, Gregory W. Meeks, J. Gresham Barrett, Earl Blumenauer, Michael McCaul, Grace F. Napolitano, Edward R. Royce, Adam B. Schiff, Christopher H. Smith, Thomas G. Tancredo, and Diane E. Watson.

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