Thursday, June 30, 2011

the price of greatness

Since I entered government 45 years ago, I’ve shifted my views and changed my mind on a good many things as circumstances, new information, or logic dictated.  But I have yet to see evidence that would dissuade me from this fundamental belief: that America does have a special position and set of responsibilities on this planet.  I share Winston Churchill’s belief that “the price of greatness is responsibility…[and] the people of the United States cannot escape world responsibility.” 

~As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Washington, DC, Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1 comment:

wilybrunette said...

mmmm. heavy and poignant words. definitely something for me to reflect on.