Americans must not lose sight of values
by Matt Vande Bunte | The Grand Rapids Press
Monday June 22, 2009, 11:42 PM
Rice said we learned from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 "that we were in a new generational struggle" akin to the Cold War. She hopes her legacy will be her insistence that the Middle East wants individual freedom as much as anybody.
She cited pushing Syrian forces out of Lebanon and deposing Iraq's "homicidal maniac" as decisions that history yet may praise.
"The freedom agenda and the doctrine against terrorism were always connected in a very fundamental way for us (in the Bush Administration). With the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, you got the first Arab democracy. That's a trade up. The people of Iraq are better off for it. Now we have a chance to make (Iraq) a democracy that is a friend to the United States.
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