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Final Remarks - John Podesta
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I want to say something about the speakers before I
turn it over to Dick. I think if you think about the
breadth and depth of the experience and the people who
have been here over the last couple of days and you
think about the work they have done for this country
and the crises they have faced and the ability to solve
problems that have been demonstrated starting with the
Cuban Missile Crisis, the Camp David Accords, the normalization
of relations with China, the first Gulf War, the North
Korea crisis of 1994, the Taiwan Straights Crisis in
the 1990’s, the Mexico and Asian financial crises,
the Good Friday Peace Accords in Northern Ireland, the
reconstruction of Bosnia, the reversal of ethnic cleansing
in Kosovo, the ability to bring up East Timor.
The people that we’ve heard from over the course
of these two days were front and center in solving those
crises, and they did it with patient, careful diplomacy
combined with a willingness to use force when absolutely
necessary. I think we would do well to heed their council
and to think about the strategic advice that they provided
not only to the people who are here at the conference
but to the people of our country as we move forward.
I’m going to turn the podium over to Dick Leone
who has some thoughts about what at least the three
of us heard coming out of all of our speakers and all
of our panels. I’m gonna turn it over to Dick.