Thursday, January 28, 2010

World Economic Forum

The annual World Economic Forum is going on in Davos, Switzerland. The U.S. representative is former president Bill Clinton.

Seven years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke at a question and answer session there and, in response to a question from former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey about whether the U.S. was putting too much reliance on military power, said this:
We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years, and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan, and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in...
The New York Times reported on the event but missed the quote:
"Powell Adopts Hawkish Tone."

This exchange developed into a full-blown internet myth. Here's an account: link.

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