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Quotes - International Dubya (2006)
(In case you were wondering, the damage doesn't stop at the border...)
When NATO was formed in 1949, its principal mission was to protect Europe from a Soviet tank invasion. Today, the Soviet threat is gone. And under the able leadership of the Secretary General, NATO is transforming from a static alliance focused on the defense of Europe, into an expedentiary alliance ready to deploy outside of Europe in the defense of freedom.
The White House transcript notes that the word Dubya was searching for was "expeditionary", Riga, Latvia, Nov. 28, 2006
I'm proud to be the first sitting American President to visit Estonia. I'm really glad I came. Yours is a beautiful country and a strong friend and ally of the United States. I appreciate the warm welcome I've received. My only regret is that Laura is not with me. She's receiving the Christmas tree at the White House. She sends her very best, Mr. President.
Well, I guess we know where the White House Christmas tree and Estonia stand on the importance scale, and now so do the people of Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia, Nov. 28, 2006
You know, the plans of Mr. Zarqawi was to foment sectarian violence. ...The bombings that took place recently was a part of a pattern that has been going on for about nine months.
Plurals and singulars never cease to outfox Dubya, Tallinn, Estonia, Nov. 28, 2006
See, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this sh*t and it's over.
Dubya shows his true diplomatic finesse, while gnawing on a dinner roll, in this exchange with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the G8 conference, St. Petersburg, Russia, Jul. 17, 2006
Yo, Blair. How are you doing?
Dubya's way of getting British Prime Minister Tony Blair's attention at the G8 conference, St. Petersburg, Russia, Jul. 17, 2006
DUBYA: I fully understand, however, that there will be a Russian-style democracy. I don't expect Russia to look like the United States. As Vladimir pointedly reminded me last night, we have a different history, different traditions. And I will let him describe to you his way forward, but he shared with me some very interesting thoughts that I think would surprise some of our citizens. Now that I've lured you into the deal here, you know — like, for example, how do you promote land reform. So we discussed land reform. You know, one of the interesting decisions a government has to make, particularly this government would have to make, is how do you encourage private ownership of land further than that which has already happened. Anyway, he shared some thoughts with me. Sorry to put — lay the trap out there for you — but it was a good discussion. He's a strong man. Look, he's willing to listen, but he also explains to me, he doesn't want anybody telling him how to run his government. He was elected. And so it was a cordial relationship. But he can speak for himself.
PRESIDENT PUTIN: We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I will tell you quite honestly. [Massive laughter erupts]
DUBYA: Just wait.
Dubya suffers from a zinger issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and issues sad retort: "Just wait." Strelna, Russia, Jul. 15, 2006
DUBYA: I'm looking forward to the feast you're going to have tonight. I understand I may have the honor of slicing the pig. ...I'm optimistic we can still get something done on the Doha Round. It's going to take work, but G8 is a good place for us to continue the dialogue, and we will. And I guess that's about all — we discussed a lot of things, in other words. And thank you for having me. I'm looking forward to that pig tonight. ...
REPORTER: On both of these. Does it concern you that the Beirut airport has been bombed? And do you see a risk of triggering a wider war? And on Iran, they've, so far, refused to respond. Is it now past the deadline, or do they still have more time to respond?
DUBYA: I thought you were going to ask me about the pig.
REPORTER: I'm curious about that, too.
DUBYA: The pig? I'll tell you tomorrow after I eat it.
In press availability with German Chancellor Merkel, who very apparently was going to be serving roast pig to Dubya that evening, Stralsund, Germany, Jul. 13, 2006
REPORTER: And if I may, to President Bush, you've got Iran's nuclear program, you've got North Korea, yet, most Europeans consider the United States the biggest threat to global stability. Do you have any regrets about that?
DUBYA: That's absurd. The United States is — we'll defend ourselves, but at the same time, we're actively working with our partners to spread peace and democracy. So whoever says that is — it's an absurd statement.
An unexpected question throws Dubya for a loop, Vienna, Austria, Jun. 21, 2006
I believe that a prosperous, democratic Pakistan will be a steadfast partner for America, a peaceful neighbor for India, and a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.
The only problem with that theory, however, is that Pakistan isn't part of the Arab world. And it isn't a democracy, either, for that matter. New Delhi, India, Mar. 3, 2006
On September the 11th, 2001, nearly 3,000 innocent people were murdered in my country, including more than 30 who were born in India. Just over three months ago, terrorists struck the Parliament House here in Delhi, an attack on the heart of Indian democracy.
Actually, at the time of this speech (in the Indian capital in New Delhi), the attack on the Indian Parliament was just under four years and three months in the past. Who's counting, right? New Delhi, India, Mar. 3, 2006
Obviously, nukyular power is a, uhh, renewable source of energy, and the less demand there is for non-renewable sources of energy, like fossil fuels, the better it off it is for the American people.
I've seen the video. Dubya smiles and is emphatic when he claims that nuclear (or nukyular) energy is renewable. New Delhi, India, Mar. 2, 2006
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